David Orban

The Progress Of Quantum Technologies

In this converastion with Amara Graps, we discussed quantum technologies and her work with analyzing and communicating their progress to a divers audience of researchers, managers, and investors. Amara is a former planetary scientist who has pivoted to the field of quantum technologies. Amara shares her journey and the challenges she faced during the pandemic […]

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Remembering Vernor Vinge: A 2008 Interview on the Technological Singularity

Vernor Vinge passed away recently. He was a visionary science fiction writer and thinker who greatly influenced our understanding of the potential future of technology. He presented the concept of Technological Singularity at NASA in 1993. I want to share an interview I conducted with Vernor on March 31, 2008, in which we discussed his

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AI Safety and Alignment of LLMs

I had the pleasure of welcoming back Francesco Mosconi, an AI expert with extensive experience in data science to Searching For The Question. We had a conversation around the critical topic of AI safety, focusing on the practical aspects of designing, training, aligning, and deploying advanced large language models that perform as intended while avoiding

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My Video Transcription And Editing Process

Transcribing and editing transcription of a video involves several straightforward steps. 1. Initially, identify the correct URL for the video and input it into the chosen downloader. While it’s preferable to download only the audio, availability varies based on the platform used. Optionally, to ease the upload process, you might extract the audio from the

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Rehan School – Innovation in Education in Pakistan

I had the opportunity to sit down with Rehan Allahwala, the founder of Rehan School, and the recipient of the 2024 BOLD Award, to discuss about his innovative approach to education. Rehan shares his journey of starting the school in 2011 to educate 160 million Pakistanis who couldn’t read or write. He discusses the evolution

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Innovation Must Make Mistakes

I often see people stuck with a limited vision of the future and the possibilities technological innovation will open up. An example I like to give is an autonomous swarm of robots extracting the mineral resources of the asteroid belt for a space industry colonizing the outer solar system. These will need to cooperate and

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Why I Don’t Want to Travel Faster Than Light?

The following is the edited transcript of a talk entitled “Ontological Cosmology” I gave in New York City in 2014. I am revisiting older recordings and use AI to clean up the text, making it more readable. Ontological Cosmology What we are going to discuss here is entirely speculative. It will likely prove controversial for

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