Topic: Science and Technology (general)
Five years from now, chances are you'll be dependent upon web-based GIS applications at home and in the office. And it's likely that those GIS applications will evolve from the work of John Hanke. In this session from the 2008 O'Reilly Where 2.0 conference, Hanke discusses the progress and tremendous growth of the Geoweb. In describing Google's response to this growth, Hanke introduces a new partnership with ESRI. The new initiative will allow developers to pull data from even more GIS servers.
In this 2003 archive interview, Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with the late Michael Crichton about his then latest book, Prey.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Russel Shorto, author of "Descarte's Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict between Faith and Reason," about the peculiar role played by Descarte's bones.
What many Dell customers don't know is that the company is making a major effort in biotech, as Dr. Moira Gunn finds out when she speaks with Scott Jenkins, the director of the Dell's Healthcare & Life Sciences program.
Harold McGee, a gastronomic guru and author of On Food and Cooking, discusses his background and inspiration for writing the book. He shares a cooking experiment which involved a copper bowl, his reason for not having a fancy kitchen, his favorite kitchen tool, and his connection to the molecular gastronomy field. He ends with a preview of his next two book projects.
Just over 35 years ago, Carl Hewitt and his graduate students published a model for computation based on concurrent message-passing Actors. Now the demands of many-core computers and cloud-based software are thrusting that model to the forefront. In this conversation with host Jon Udell, Hewitt explores hardware-enforced cloud privacy, paraconsistent logic, and scalable semantic integration.
Dr. Charles L. Harper, Jr. asks some "off the wall questions" to challenge readiness of the scientific community to recognize the potential risks and implications of rapid human technological development. Where should our concerns lie given the potential ofsuper intelligent machines that could far exceed human intellectual capabilities? Are we up to the task of proper stewardship of such powerful new advances in technology, or more significantly will that role even be ours?
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Keith Devlin, author of "The Unfinished Game," who talks about the letters exchanged between two mathematicians -- Pascal and Fermat -- changed our lives.
Could Hammurabi have written the laws to prevent the Enron scandal? J. Storrs Hall, scientist and author Of Beyond AI, poses this question to demonstrate the near impossible challenge confronting scientists in the current discussion of machine ethics. The future of AI envisions machines with the capacity to far exceed humans in knowledge and intelligence. It is a far greater problem than the one for which Isaac Asimov originally wrote the Three Laws of Robotics.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Nobel Laureate Robert Laughlin, about the value of the information we get for free from the internet, and that which for scientists is not out there for any price.