Widdershins Podcast

Widdershins Podcast

Widdershins Podcast
Sep 20, 2020 45 min

S03EBonus - Quantum Computing with Dr Federico Carminati

This week I chat with Dr Federico Carminati the chief innovation officer at CERN openlab. Dr Carminati is investigating potential applications of machine learning and quantum computing for high-energy physics.We talk about the increasing need for stable quantum computing and the race to discover the elusive algorithm that will inevitably launch quantum computers into the mainstream market. The penny drops when I finally realise the true value of efficient quantum computing coupled with machine learning being the ability to truly analyse data for the benefit of mankind. See more from Dr Fedrico CarminatiFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/fcacarminatiTwitter: https://twitter.com/fcacarminati?lang=en Further Reading and Resources:This episode is based on The Quantum Spy: A Thriller by David Ignatius and can be purchased here. Follow Widdershins and please Rate and Review us in your favourite Podcast app so others can easily find Widdershins!Visit our website: www.widdershinspodcast.com/ for member-only access and merchandiseFacebook: www.facebook.com/WiddershinsPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/WiddershinsPInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/widdershins_podcast/Email us: [email protected] Widdershins proudly uses the services of Letitia Stafford – The Ultimate Podcasting Virtual Assistant
Sep 06, 2020 42 min

S03E05 - Brain Computer Interface Headsets with Casey Pfluger

This week I have a conversation with Casey Pfluger, the founder of Cortex Brainwave Technologies who is building a brain-computer interface headset (BCI) for the treatment of ADHD and Autism. Casey has spent the past two decades as a medical researcher and has a degree in Biotechnology, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. The goal of his BCI project is to build technology that allows people to effortlessly harness the potential of neurofeedback in reducing symptoms of neurocognitive conditions.See more from Casey PflugerCortex Brainwave Technologies: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cortexbraintech/Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ouroboros/?originalSubdomain=au Follow Widdershins and please Rate and Review us in your favourite Podcast app so others can easily find Widdershins!Visit our website: www.widdershinspodcast.com/ for member-only access and merchandiseFacebook: www.facebook.com/WiddershinsPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/WiddershinsPInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/widdershins_podcast/Email us: [email protected] Widdershins proudly uses the services of Letitia Stafford – The Ultimate Podcasting Virtual Assistant
Aug 23, 2020 26 min

S03E04 - AI & The Singularity with Dr Sofia Vallecorsa

This week I have a conversation with Dr Sofia Vallecorsa from CERN Open-Lab regarding AI and The Singularity.There are two sides of the camp on AI. The first is that AI and robots will take over the world and the second is that we are so far away from this reality we have enough time to make sure this doesn't happen. In my conversation with Dr Sofia Vallecorsa we discuss her work at Cern, home of the Large Hadron Collider. Sofia's extensive experience in software development in the High Energy Physics domain, in particular on Quantum Computing and Deep Learning applications makes for a very interesting conversation on the future of AI. Further Reading and Resources:This episode is based on Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge and can be purchased here. Follow Widdershins and please Rate and Review us in your favourite Podcast app so others can easily find Widdershins!Visit our website: www.widdershinspodcast.com/ for member-only access and merchandiseFacebook: www.facebook.com/WiddershinsPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/WiddershinsPInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/widdershins_podcast/Email us: [email protected] Widdershins proudly uses the services of Letitia Stafford – The Ultimate Podcasting Virtual Assistant
Aug 09, 2020 34 min

S03E03 - Invisibility Cloaking with Dr Jordi Prat Camps

This week I have a conversation with Dr. Jordi Prat Camps on Invisibility Cloaking devices and the technologies, fabrics, and science being developed to make this once sci-fi idea a reality. Further Reading and Resources:This episode is based on The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells and can be purchased here. See more from Dr Jordi Prat CampsWebsite: https://pratcamps.weebly.com/Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordi-prat-camps-a9bba177/ Follow Widdershins and please Rate and Review us in your favourite Podcast app so others can easily find Widdershins!Visit our website: www.widdershinspodcast.com/ for member-only access and merchandiseFacebook: www.facebook.com/WiddershinsPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/WiddershinsPInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/widdershins_podcast/Email us: [email protected] Widdershins proudly uses the services of Letitia Stafford – The Ultimate Podcasting Virtual Assistant
Jul 26, 2020 43 min

S03E02 - Dr Fiona Kerr on Cyborgs

Dr Fiona Kerr discussing the ethical approach to cyborgs.
Jul 12, 2020 34 min

S03E01 - Robots & AI with Professor Tom Drummond

This week I have a conversation with Professor Tom Drummond that is centred around the ethical dilemmas of Ai and robots governing the world, driving our cars and potentially participating in society alongside humans or even.... as humans.
Jun 14, 2020 30 min

S02E05 - Time Travel with Dr Paul. M Sutter

This Week on Widdershins Podcast I chat about time travel with the hilarious host of YouTube's 'Ask A Spaceman' with over 30,000 subscribers. Dr. Sutter is an astrophysicist and is known for his commentary on time travel. In fact, it was Dr. Sutter's episode on time travel here that convinced me that he absolutely must share his ideas on Widdershins Podcast. Further Reading and Resources:This episode is based on The Time Machine and can be purchased here. The article we talk about in the episode from Space.com can be found here and Dr Sutters YouTube channel 'Ask a Spaceman' can be found here. See more from Dr Paul M. Sutter: www.facebook.com/PaulMattSutterwww.twitter.com/PaulMattSutterwww.instagram.com/PaulMattSutter Follow Widdershins and please Rate and Review us in your favourite Podcast app so others can easily find Widdershins!Visit our website: www.widdershinspodcast.com/ for member-only access and merchandiseFacebook: www.facebook.com/WiddershinsPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/WiddershinsPInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/widdershins_podcast/Email us: [email protected] Widdershins proudly uses the services of Letitia Stafford – The Ultimate Podcasting Virtual Assistant
May 31, 2020 27 min

S02E04 - Parallel universes and Multiverses with Professor Yasunori Nomura

This week in season 2 episode 4 we launch into parallel universes and multiverses. My conversation with Professor Yasunori Nomura was deep and I did not expect the reality that we are simply waiting on the technology to allow the science to flourish. For us to view inside the 'bubble' of a parallel universe, we will need quantum computing to speed up...the race is on so we couldn't be waiting that long...could we?Further Reading and Resources:This episode is based on The Man Who Folded Himself and can be purchased here. See more from Professor Yasunori Nomura:https://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/faculty/yasunori-nomura https://physics.berkeley.edu/people/faculty/yasunori-nomura https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasunori_Nomura https://www.facebook.com/yasunori.nomura.7 Follow Widdershins and please Rate and Review us in your favourite Podcast app so others can easily find Widdershins!Visit our website: www.widdershinspodcast.com/ for member-only access and merchandiseFacebook: www.facebook.com/WiddershinsPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/WiddershinsPInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/widdershins_podcast/Email us: [email protected] Widdershins proudly uses the services of Letitia Stafford – The Ultimate Podcasting Virtual Assistant
May 17, 2020 33 min

S02E02 - [Pt 2] Time travel and time loops with Dr Gaurav Khanna and Caroline Mallary

In part 2 of our two-part series we are joined this week by Caroline Mallary a PhD student at the University of Massachusettes and our past guest Dr Gaurav Khanna from Episode 1 on Hyperspace. This episode is more focussed on time travel where last week's episode we dove right into time loops. Caroline Mallary has discovered that her time machine, although in its simplest form, does not need exotic matter... matter once thought to be required if a time machine was ever to be built.Further Reading and Resources:Carolines Videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub6PGaygVwA&feature=youtu.beGaurav and Caroline's paper: Closed Timelike Curves and "Effective" Superluminal Travel with Naked Line Singularities https://arxiv.org/abs/1708.09505Gaurav's article: Time Travel is Technically Possible—But We Need An Object With Infinite Mass. https://www.newsweek.com/time-travel-infinite-mass-einstein-hawking-relativity-time-loop-singularity-1257527 This episode was inspired by the book: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy -Douglas Adams See more from Dr. Gaurav Khanna at: http://gravity.phy.umassd.eduFollow Widdershins and please Rate and Review us in your favorite Podcast app so others can easily find Widdershins!Visit our website: www.widdershinspodcast.com/ for member-only access and merchandiseFacebook: www.facebook.com/WiddershinsPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/WiddershinsPInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/widdershins_podcast/Email us: [email protected] proudly uses the services of Letitia Stafford - The Ultimate Podcasting Virtual Assistant
May 03, 2020 17 min

S02E02 - [Pt 1] Time travel and time loops with Dr Gaurav Khanna and Caroline Mallary

In part 1 of our two part series we are joined this week by Caroline Mallary a PhD student at the University of Massachusettes and our past guest Dr Gaurav Khanna from Episode 1 on Hyperspace. The theory of time travel and time loops we discuss require two long spaceships parked in parallel. One moves forward really fast, while the other is parked. Caroline explains that a time loop forms between the two cars such that space and time folds on itself. Although almost impossible to create and imagine right now, the science is now here and we have just witnessed another breakthrough in space-time. Further Reading and Resources:Carolines Videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub6PGaygVwA&feature=youtu.beGaruav and Caroline's paper: Closed Timelike Curves and "Effective" Superluminal Travel with Naked Line Singularities https://arxiv.org/abs/1708.09505Gaurav's article: Time Travel is Technically Possible—But We Need An Object With Infinite Mass. https://www.newsweek.com/time-travel-infinite-mass-einstein-hawking-relativity-time-loop-singularity-1257527 This episode was inspired by the book: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy -Douglas Adams See more from Dr Gaurav Khanna at: http://gravity.phy.umassd.eduFollow Widdershins and please Rate and Review us in your favourite Podcast app so others can easily find Widdershins!Visit our website: www.widdershinspodcast.com/ for member-only access and merchandiseFacebook: www.facebook.com/WiddershinsPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/WiddershinsPInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/widdershins_podcast/Email us: [email protected] proudly uses the services of Letitia Stafford - The Ultimate Podcasting Virtual Assistant