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Where does the mind stop and the rest of the world begin?
Radio ABC: "Some philosophers are now arguing that thoughts are not all in the head. The environment has an active role in driving cognition; cognition is sometimes made up of neural, bodily, and environmental processes. Their argument has excited a vigorous debate among philosophers and this week we discover what the fuss is about." Read on

George Dyson on the Origins of the Digital Universe (Audio)
George Dyson on the Origins of the Digital Universe (Video)
tvo.org: "Science historian and author (Darwin Among the Machines) George Dyson on the Origins of the Digital Universe. The talk focuses on the work done at The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton New Jersey by such renowned scientists as John von Neumann and Kurt Godel." Read on. Also available to download as a MP4 Video

The algorithm
Radio ABC: "It’s one of the great unseen drivers of our world—silently altering and shaping our social lives, the way we communicate, our access to information, our economies, our culture, the very future itself. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you—the algorithm!" Read on

Gaming
ttbook.org: "Parents worry that their kids spend too much time playing video games, but according to one new study, if you need surgery, you want the surgeon who grew up with a game controller in one hand. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, why the future belongs to gamers. Imagine a world in which whatever you want to know you can learn from a game." Read on

Adam Lashinsky: Inside Apple
"The book Inside Apple reveals the secret systems, tactics and leadership strategies that allowed Steve Jobs and his company to churn out hit after hit and inspire a cult-like following for its products." There is another interview with Lashinsky at fora.tv

Why Nations Fail - The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (Video)
forum-network.org: "Daron Acemogu professor of economics, MITdiscusses his book, "Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty." "Why Nations Fail" answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?" Read on

Is digital privacy possible? Has it become obsolete?
BBC: Increasingly, computers and algorithms don’t need human intervention while monitoring and piecing together the secrets of our lives from the scraps of information which we unwittingly leave behind in cyberspace. Joining Bridget Kendall are IBM Chief Scientist Jeff Jonas, Professor Nigel Shadbolt, UK government’s adviser on digital data, and ground-breaking electronic artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer." Read on

George R.R. Martin on Game of Thrones Part 1
George R.R. Martin on Game of Thrones Part 2
George R.R. Martin on Game of Thrones Part 3
tiff.net: "George R.R. Martin — creator of the epic saga A Song of Ice and Fire, the inspiration for the hit series discusses his inspirations, his plans for future novels in the Ice and Fire cycle, and the series' transition from page to screen." Read on

George R.R. Martin On Vietnam And The Realities Of War
CBC.ca: "Author George R.R. Martin talks about his choice to be a 'conscientious objector' to the Vietnam War, and why - as a writer - he's determined to show the two sides of war: the gruesome and the glorious-" Read on

Vernor Vinge - Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy No 56
wired.com: "Vernor Vinge, author of A Fire Upon the Deep and Rainbows End, joins us to discuss the Technological Singularity, living to be 100,000, and why he’s optimistic about the collapse of civilization." Read on

Seth Shostak - senior astronomer of the S.E.T.I. Institute
American Public Media: "He’s been studying extraterrestrial life since he was ten, and wrote the book Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. He has no doubt life exists elsewhere in the universe, and that scientists are getting closer to finding it – it’s just a matter of time." Read on

David Ferrucci on Singularity 1 on 1 (Video)
"David is the IBM team leader behind Watson -- the computer that succeeded in dethroning humanity's greatest ever jeopardy champion - Ken Jennings." Read on

Ray Kurzweil at SXSW (Video)
Molly Wood sits down with Ray Kurzweil, futurist and author, to discuss his predictions of technology and humanity, space, and his upcoming book.

Juliane Koepcke - The woman who fell from the sky and lived
BBC: "Juliane Koepcke was travelling on an internal flight over the Peruvian jungle when it was struck by lightning and disintegrated. She fell from over 10,000 feet into the rainforest and was the only survivor." Read on

Andrew Hill: The Climate's Influence on Human Evolution
yale.edu: "Professor Hill is interested in the whole range of human evolution, particularly in the environmental and ecological context in which it occurred. We talk with him about the climate's influence on human evolution." about

Tour the Amazon with Google Street View (Video)
Last August, a few members of our Brazil and U.S. Street View and Google Earth Outreach teams were invited to the Amazon Basin to collect ground-level images of the rivers, forest and communities in the Rio Negro Reserve." Read on


  
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