The Quantum Feedback Loop

by James Myers

What kind of future is taking shape with current developments in science and technology? The Quantum Record publisher and host of the Plato's Pod podcast, James Myers, speaks with scientists, technologists, philosophers, and others about the latest discoveries and thinking at the frontiers of knowledge. In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, The Quantum Feedback Loop podcast aims to open the wonders of the scie ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • Dr. Marcelo Gleiser and a New Perspective on Our Cosmic Relationship

    Dr. Marcelo Gleiser and a New Perspective on Our Cosmic Relationship

    Professor of Physics and Astronomy Dr. Marcelo Gleiser shares a remarkably philosophical perspective on humanity’s relationship with the cosmos as we discuss his latest book, The Dawn of a Mindful Universe. Incorporating centuries of accumulated scientific knowledge, Marcelo’s book highlights the rarity of conditions for life in a vast universe, and our duty to protect the natural world that sustains life on Earth.  Marcelo makes a passionate case for a biocentric perspective that appreciates and treasures the interwoven existence of the physical universe and life as he describes “a new wind of awakening” that brings promise to harmonizing human living with the limitless resources of the universe.

  • Dr. John Mighton: Unlocking Mathematical Potential in a Technological World

    Dr. John Mighton: Unlocking Mathematical Potential in a Technological World

    Mathematician and acclaimed playwright Dr. John Mighton discusses the JUMP Math charity that has, for over two decades since he founded it, provided learning resources in mathematics used each year by hundreds of thousands of students and teachers. Math is an essential skill in a technological world, particularly in understanding probabilities and risks, and Dr. Mighton explains JUMP Math's unique approach to engaging students and making math learning a positive experience with results that speak for themselves. As Dr. Mighton says, "it's so easy to close the gap" in mathematical knowledge and unleash a great measure of creative potential in the process.

  • Alec Koumjian and the Asteroid Institute's mission to defend Earth

    Alec Koumjian and the Asteroid Institute's mission to defend Earth

    Alec Koumjian, Head of Software Engineering for the Asteroid Institute, talks about the pioneering efforts underway to defend Earth from asteroids and other space objects. The Institute’s innovative use of multiple data sources and software to predict and analyze trajectories includes inputs from the public and partnerships with other organizations. Alec relates the challenges of tracking objects in the solar system over long periods of time, the Asteroid Institute’s many achievements, and plans to map and track practically all space objects that could threaten life on our planet.

  • Dr. Burcin Ikiz on brain health and the effects of climate change

    Dr. Burcin Ikiz on brain health and the effects of climate change

    The Quantum Feedback Loop welcomes neuroscientist Dr. Burcin Ikiz, who describes her new initiative, EcoNeuro, to study the effects of climate change on the brain in different areas and environmental conditions around the globe. Burcin is a pioneer in investigating the effects on brain health from pollution, extreme heat, and other environmental stresses. As both a scientist and a mother, Burcin’s goal is to raise awareness of the issues so that action can be taken both locally and globally to reduce the risk of damage to brain health, and treatments can be developed to mitigate the damages already taking place. In the discussion, Burcin mentions the Pulitzer Center’s Local Letters for Global Change contest for children of all grades to express their concerns and solutions for climate change, the link for which is here.

  • What Would Socrates Say About ChatGPT?

    What Would Socrates Say About ChatGPT?

    In a joint production with the Plato’s Pod podcast, we explore the relevance of ancient philosophy to modern technology with the question, “What Would Socrates Say About ChatGPT?” We take Socrates to the offices of OpenAI to meet the company’s CEO, Sam Altman, and imagine the questions that Socrates would have after the technology is explained to him. In the course of the imagined meeting, we address some crucial errors that ChatGPT makes in its outputs on Socrates, as an example of the technology’s potential to undermine language and introduce feedback loops that distort the meaning of words over time. What do you think - are there some timeless and fundamentally questions about our relationship with technology?