#17 – Theories of Everything with Curt Jaimungal

In Algo Podcast Episode 17, Curt Jaimungal and Amjad Hussain discuss Theories of Everything.

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0:00 Introduction
3:20 Prepping for TOE podcast guests
5:16 Difference between prepping for physics / philosophical topics
6:31 Idealist or materialist?
7:02 Loop Quantum Gravity & String Theory
8:05 Duality between materialism & consciousness
8:24 Thomas Campbell
9:54 How do you know what’s unknowable?
11:01 Curt’s definition & experience of consciousness
14:14 Consciousness is tied with meaning
15:28 Feeling stuck trying to understand consciousness
17:40 Learning Theories of Everything
21:19 Is qualia physical?
21:48 Curt loves the Algo Podcast
22:35 When physicists can’t make sense of theories
23:07 Understanding the other side of the aisle
23:45 Thinking about what does not make sense
24:35 Understanding pain & suffering
30:10 Phantom pain
33:33 Perception & consciousness
35:35 Dream states of consciousness
39:23 Emotional dream logic
41:55 Senses during dreams
43:42 Dreams incorporate problems we are facing in life
44:50 Noam Chomsky
46:29 Reference & referring
46:57 Professors that don’t take materialist or physicalist stance
50:08 Big Bang Theory
53:34 Physics Rant
55:03 Universality of mathematics
57:40 Do humans share the language of math or geometry with aliens?
1:01:19 Can humans perceive aliens?
1:01:49 UFO Community Thoughts
1:02:55 UFO Witness Testimonials
1:03:35 UFO Witness Shared Consciousness?
1:06:16 Navy Commander David Fravor UFO Sighting
1:08:30 Bob Lazar
1:11:12 Spoofing
1:13:29 Curt’s favorite guests
1:15:04 Stuart Hameroff
1:16:30 Bernardo Kastrup & Joscha Bach
1:17:56 Better Left Unsaid
1:19:25 Closing Thoughts

Why a podcast about human-centered AI?

People are either talking about artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, deep learning, etc. in a very technical way or not at all. Having studied Computer Science and Advanced Analytics and created an AI – advanced analytics supply chain company, I understand first-hand how valuable the field is, but not everyone does. I want to change that. We can all learn principles of AI and implement them in very practical ways. Whether you want to automate a part of your business or create a new business altogether, AI can help you. My goal through this podcast is to simplify AI.

Calling it a podcast gives you a broad understanding of how we’ll communicate, but the format will be much more engaging than just audio. However, you can listen to AI Simplified like a traditional podcast too.

Amjad Hussain
Founder + Chief Executive Officer, Algo

About the host

portrait of Amjad Hussain, one of the author for Algo podcast and the CEO of Algo

Amjad Hussain

Amjad Hussain is an entrepreneur at heart. He founded Algo where he is the CEO during the day and AI lego blocks designer at night. He has built an intrinsically motivated global team of deep business domain experts, AI architects, computer scientists and software engineers. Algo is an always on full stack platform with deep learning, augmented reality and workflow automation woven at its core. The platform has a conversational virtual business analyst persona as its primary user interface. The company is enjoying sustainable growth creating tremendous net new value for its customers world-wide.

Amjad completed his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering with Honors from UET Lahore. He earned his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from UMIST, in the United Kingdom and an Advanced Analytics MBA from MIT. He has completed general management programs at Harvard and Stanford business schools. Amjad deeply cares about ethical issues surrounding AI and its societal impact.

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