Best known for his highly educational podcast, Lex Fridman is a computer scientist, MIT researcher and influencer. The Russian-American genius hosts an online series that contains interviews featuring public figures and influential scientists, such as Elon Musk, Joe Rogan, and Vitalik Buterin. Lex has a solid following, but not many people are familiar with his background.
Who is Lex Fridman?
Lex was born as Alexei Fedotov in Russia’s capital city, Moscow. His birthday is August 15, 1986, meaning that he will be turning 36 in 2022. His plasma physicist father, Alexander Fridman, is a major inspiration for him and his brother, Gregory Fridman.
He went to school in his hometown as a child. After graduating from high school, he immigrated to the U.S. Fridman attended Drexel University in Philadelphia.
In there, Fridman developed his love for technology and research. Thus, Lex graduated with a B.S, M.S., and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Drexel University. This became the foundation of his success.
What Did He Do As a Researcher?
The use of computer vision, machine learning, and decision fusion methods in a variety of domains, such as human sensing and robotics, was a major part of his study at Drexel University.
After that, Lex worked in Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group as a Machine Learning Researcher. At Google, his research was centered on active authentication and machine learning.
Lex continued his career at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2015, and he continues to work there to this day. His areas of interest include deep learning, human-centered artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicle development.
Lex Fridman’s podcast was originally intended to be named The Artificial Intelligence Podcast back in 2018.It addresses the nature of AI, science, technology, and history. It also discusses philosophy, consciousness, passion, and power.
It has gained attention by sparking some of the most intriguing intellectual conversations modern media has seen in recent years. His most popular upload on YouTube, reaching about 5.2 million views, talks about extraterrestrial life and aerospace engineering with David Fravor.
Today, Lex has worked with prominent names in different industries. He gained a total of 1.48 million YouTube subscribers and a substantial amount of followers on other social media platforms. As he actively produces quality content, these numbers are only expected to grow.
Today, Fridman’s fame can’t be denied, but there isn’t really much of his private life shared with the public. However, it is a fact that the man is unmarried. And there isn’t much information about his love life to say that Lex has a girlfriend.
Also, from time to time, Lex shares a thing or two about his personal endeavors. For example, he shared footage of his speech when he earned his black belt in jiu-jitsu.
It appears that he is also practicing judo, wrestling, and other kinds of competitive sports. He also shared on his Instagram account, which has 471,000 followers, his hobby of playing guitar.