Plasma Physics, Clean Energy, and Artificial Intelligence with Matt Carrier | POP 881

Plasma Physics, Clean Energy, and Artificial Intelligence with Matt Carrier | POP 881

Are you interested in science? What are a scientist’s predictions for AI? What is happening in the science world when it comes to generating clean energy?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks about plasma physics, clean energy, and artificial intelligence with Matt Carrier.

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Meet Matt Carrier

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Matt Carrier is a PhD candidate studying plasma physics at the Kevin Crofton Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering at Virginia Tech where he researches plasma instabilities in magneto-inertial fusion concepts. He’s previously held positions at Ford Motor Company and NASA Langley and has collaborated with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories.

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In This Podcast

  • Plasma physics
  • Clean energy production
  • A scientific perspective on AI
  • Matt’s advice to private practitioners

Plasma physics

Matt started his undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering because he wanted to focus more on the space side of things.

One of the things that caught his attention was plasma.

I ended up getting into the fusion community. So, plasma physics is a big [and] diverse … there’s a lot to do within it, and one of those things is nuclear fusion.

Matt Carrier

Simply put, nuclear fusion is a way of generating power by taking big atoms and breaking them apart, or slamming smaller atoms together.

Basically, nuclear fusion is what powers the sun, and so the idea is [to] basically take the science [of what] powers the sun and do that in a system here on Earth … and it’s really hard to do.

Matt Carrier

Clean energy production

Nuclear fission creates a lot of radioactive nuclear waste. However, nuclear fusion reactions are aneutronic, so they don’t create byproducts of radiation or radioactive waste like the others. 

So even though nuclear fusion is difficult to do, it is a great way to generate a form of “clean” energy that is technically sustainable.

A scientific perspective on AI

Matt explains that the mathematical foundation of AI creates a great opportunity for speeding up simulation work.

What you can do is take all this data and basically feed it into one of these … processes that basically take the data … use machine learning on it, and have it run out a simulation farther in less time.

Matt Carrier

In this way, AI can help scientists predict and understand the possibility of different futures by allowing them to predict more in less time than it would take them to do by hand.

Matt’s advice to private practitioners

You can use technology to your benefit, you just have to know what you need help with for it to be beneficial for you. Embrace technology and see how it can help you to run your business more smoothly.

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Meet Joe Sanok

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