Soft Robots

Soft Robots

  Giada Gerboni [  Biomimicry ] So, robots. Robots can be programmed to do the same task millions of times with minimal error, something very difficult for us, right? And it can be very impressive to watch them at work. Look at them. I could watch them for hours. No? What is less impressive is that if you take these robots out of

Sleep Emergency

Sleep Emergency

 Matthew Walker [ Sleep Engineering ] It’s a delight and privilege to be here and I would like to start with testicles. Men who sleep 5 hours a night have significantly smaller testicles than those who sleep 8 hours or more. In addition men who routinely sleep 5 to 6 hours a night will have a level of testosterone which is that

Persuasion Architectures

Persuasion Architectures

  Zeynep Tufecki [ Machine Learning ] When people voice fears of artificial intelligence, very often, they invoke images of humanoid robots run amok. You know, Terminator. That might be something to consider, but that’s a distant threat. Or, we fret about digital surveillance with metaphors from the past. “1984,” George Orwell’s “1984,” it’s hitting the bestseller lists again. It’s a great book,

Spontaneous Synchronization

Spontaneous Synchronization

Radhika Nagpal [ Biomimicry ] In my early days as a graduate student, I went on a snorkeling trip off the coast of the Bahamas. I’d actually never swum in the ocean before, so it was a bit terrifying. What I remember the most is, as I put my head in the water and I was trying really hard to breathe through the

Texas, Austin

Texas, Austin

James Pennebaker  [ EDU 2.0 ] Because more people than ever are signing up for degree programs, Pennebaker has been able to fund experimental testing regimes and pay Teaching Assistants to craft really good questions. People who don’t have to come up with good questions don’t realize how difficult it is to write a good test question. FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: TVZ Design

Musk vs Gary

Musk vs Gary

Elon Musk [ WEB 3.0 ] Chris Anderson: In the next half hour or so, we’re going to spend some time exploring your vision for what an exciting future might look like, which I guess makes the first question a little ironic: Why are you boring? EM: Yeah. I ask myself that frequently. We’re trying to dig a hole under LA, and this