Exploring the History of the Universe Through a Neural Network with Vitaly Vanchurin

History of the Universe as seen through a Neural Network
Vitaly Vanchurin is a physicist at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He speaks with Luis Razo Bravo of EISM. They discuss the world as a network of neural connections, machine learning and theories of everything.

Time stamp of the conversation

Vanchurin’s opening quote at 00:00
Introduction to Vanchurin.
Vanchurin on human extinction.
Vanchurin: A brief background of his research interests.
How Vanchurin got interested in neural networks.
12:31 — Quantum mechanics and neural networks.
How does Vanchurin’s gravity model fit in at 18:56?
Does Vanchurin integrate holography (AdS/CFT?) into the hid model at 20:39?
24:14 — Perhaps the entire physics is a \”emergent neural network\”.
28:08 — There may be forms of life more suited to survival than humans.
28:58 — Maldacena’s \”Principle of Maximal Life\”
29:28 — Theory of Everything
31:06 — Vanchurin’s framework could be a TOE true (politics and ethics)
Why physicists are reluctant to ask philosophers big questions and talk about physics.
36:45 — Why is there an increasing number of theories about everything?
39:11 – Apart from his TOE, does Vanchurin also have a favourite?
41:26 — Bohmian Mechanics and Aharanov’s Two-time Approach to Quantum Mechanics
43:53 — What is the reaction to Vanchurin? Beliefs regarding peer review.
46:03 — Linking Vanchurin’s work with machine learning and recommendations
Leonard Susskind on quantum information, complexity, and the 49:21 mark.
51:23 — Perhaps different proposals are looking at the exact same thing in a different way.
How to connect with Vanchurin and follow his work.

Vanchurin’s paper on the world as a NN: https://arxiv.org/abs/2008.01540
Vanchurin on a theory of machine learning: https://arxiv.org/abs/2004.

Vanchurin’s website and research interests: https://www.d.umn.edu/cosmology/

Visit www.eism.eu to learn more about EISM.


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