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March 4, 2019

From: Reddit AMA

If you were to leave Wolfram tomorrow, what projects would you pursue?

There are two big projects I’m really hoping to do soon (though I’m hoping they’ll go faster, not slower, with me being part of the company).

One is trying to finish my effort to find the fundamental theory of physics. Of course I may be wrong about how physics works… but the current ideas about physics (which I understand very well) are basically 100 years old … and I think it’s time to try something different. I’ve been pursuing versions of this for about 35 years … but there’s lot of technology to build … and, needless to say, I need WL for it.

The second project is building what I call a “symbolic discourse language”: a way of representing in a computable symbolic form the content of anything we might want to talk about. It’s an old idea (> 300 yrs old, actually); things a bit like this used to be called “philosophical languages”. We’ve already gotten quite a long way with WL… but I think it’s possible to finish the job. And right now there’s even an immediate application, in creating computational contracts.

Oh, and I’d love to have more time to do writing. I have several books I want to write.

I would also like to do more on teaching computational thinking to kids. I have a hobby right now of doing that, and I find it a lot of fun. It’d be nice to scale it up… though dealing with the organizational structure of education is not my kind of thing.

I enjoy doing history projects too…

Actually, I have a pretty long list of things I want to do….

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