Through his pioneering work in science, technology and language design, Stephen Wolfram has developed his own signature way of thinking about an impressive range of subjects. In this lively book of essays, Wolfram takes the reader along on some of his most surprising and engaging intellectual adventures.
From science consulting for a Hollywood movie, solving problems of AI ethics, hunting for the source of an unusual polyhedron, communicating with extraterrestrials, to finding the fundamental theory of physics and exploring the digits of pi, Adventures of a Computational Explorer captures the infectious energy and curiosity of one of the great pioneers of the computational world. Contents
Quick, How Might the Alien Spacecraft Work?
My Hobby: Hunting for Our Universe
Showing Off to the Universe: Beacons for the Afterlife of Our Civilization
Pi or Pie?! Celebrating Pi Day of the Century
What Is Ultimately Possible in Physics?
My Life in Technology—As Told at the Computer History Museum
Something I Learned in Kindergarten
Music, Mathematica, and the Computational Universe
Ten Thousand Hours of Design Reviews
What Should We Call the Language of Mathematica?
What Do I Do All Day? Livestreamed Technology CEOing
The Story of Spikey
Advance of the Data Civilization: A Timeline
Data Science of the Facebook World
A Short Talk on AI Ethics
Overcoming Artificial Stupidity
Scientific Bug Hunting in the Cloud
The Practical Business of Ontology: A Tale from the Front Lines
The Poetry of Function Naming
Buzzword Convergence: Making Sense of Quantum Neural Blockchain AI
Oh My Gosh, It's Covered in Rule 30s!
The Personal Analytics of My Life
Seeking the Productive Life: Some Details of My Personal Infrastrcture
A Precociousness Record (Almost) Broken
A Speech for (High School) Graduates
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