Vitaly Vanchurin Interview: Exploring the History of the Universe Through a Neuronal Network

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.
18:56 — Where and how does Vanchurin’s gravity model fit in?
20:39 — Does Vanchurin integrate holography (AdS/CFT?) into the hid model
24:14 — Perhaps the entire physics is an \”emergent neural network\”.
28:08 – Maybe some forms of life are better suited to survive 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 — Does Vanchurin, other than his own TOE, have a favourite?
41:26 — Bohmian Mechanics and Aharanov’s Two-time Approach to Quantum Mechanics
How did Vanchurin’s latest paper fare? Beliefs regarding peer review.
46:03 — Linking Vanchurin’s work with machine learning and recommendations
Leonard Susskind on quantum information, complexity, and 49:21.
51:23 — Perhaps different proposals are looking at the exact same thing in different ways.
52:17 — Vanchurin and his work: How to connect with him.

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/

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