Topic: Science and Technology (general)
Jock Gill is an entrepreneur who's thinking broadly and acting decisively to help create an decentralized energy system that makes appropriate use of biomass. In part one of a two-part interview, he and host Jon Udell discuss alternatives to fossil fuel for residential heating in New England, including wood, wood pellets, and a new approach that uses compressed tablets made from grass.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with author Greg Bear, about his latest book, "The City at the End of Time."
"Nine years to the Singularity, if we really, really, try," says Dr. Ben Goertzel, chief science officer and acting CEO of Novamente. Is this really possible? Dr. Goertzel believes the path to the development of Artificial General Intelligence - a real thinking machine with human level intelligence and beyond - can be accelerated through the use of virtual worlds as incubators for nascent artificial intelligence systems.
On this edition of IEEE Spectrum Radio, explore the fascinating energy technologies of the present and future. Listen to specials on "Wind Energy," "Vertical Wind Turbines," and "The Solar Challenge" where the ups and downs of Europe's wind energy are discussed and futuristic vertical-axis turbines that you could fit on your property become a possibility.
For MIT's Project SIMILE, David Huynh built an amazing series of web tools for exploring and organizing structured information. Two months into his new gig at Metaweb, he's done it again. On this edition of Interviews with Innovators, host Jon Udell asks Huynh about his Parallax prototype, which creates a powerful new way for users to click their way through related sets of information in Freebase. In essence, a Wikipedia-like database built on a semantic web foundation.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Stanford Professor Paul Ehrlich about his latest book, "The Dominant Animal," which looks at human evolution and the environment.
Maurice Franklin, a Microsoft software engineer who is passionate about the space elevator, recently organized and hosted a conference on that topic at Microsoft's Redmond conference center. On this edition of Interviews with Innovators, Franklin discusses the reasons to build a space elevator, and describes how the concept, first proposed by Arthur C. Clarke, is evolving toward a practical implementation.
Despite misconceptions to the contrary, early state AI systems are working in the real world and creating a lot of value for the companies that use them. Neil Jacobstein discusses practical uses of AI in many diverse industries and tasks. He compares the technology around early AI systems with the modern ones being developed today, and tells what has and hasn't worked based on 50 years of perspective.
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with Stanford Law School's Lillick Professor Paul Goldstein, about his latest legal thriller: "A Patent Lie."
Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with William Gibson, author of the books "Neuromancer" and "Spook Country," about where we are headed in this post-internet age.