Language Barriers

Language Barriers

Lera Boroditsky [ Bilingualism 1:04:02 ] Humans communicate with one another using 7,000 or so different languages, and each language differs from the next in innumerable ways. Do people who speak different languages think differently? Do languages merely express thoughts, or do they secretly shape the very thoughts we wish to express? Are some thoughts unthinkable without language? The question of whether the

Microgrid 2017

Microgrid 2017

Gretchen Bakke [ 12:37 ] Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design, McGill University. Since about 2008 there has been a groundswell of intervention in the workings of what we now call the macrogrid that aren’t coming from within the utility sector. One of the great drivers of this shift from indifference toward action is the failing reliability of the current system.

Musk vs Gary

Musk vs Gary

Elon Musk [ Urban Design 40:50 ] 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

Bias Networks

Bias Networks

David R. Williams [ Bias Networks ] An article in the Yale Alumni Magazine told the story of Clyde Murphy, a black man who was a member of the Class of 1970. Clyde was a success story. After Yale and a law degree from Columbia, Clyde spent the next 30 years as one of America’s top civil rights lawyers. He was also a

Story Felling

Story Felling

Stacy Smith [ Bias Networks 15:44 ] Today, I want to tell you about a pressing social issue. Now, it’s not nuclear arms, it’s not immigration, and it’s not malaria. I’m here to talk about movies. Now, in all seriousness, movies are actually really important. In film, we can be wildly entertained, and we can also be transported through storytelling. Storytelling is so

Nano Liquid Batteries

Nano Liquid Batteries

John Katsoudas [ Climate Adaptation ] We all know that burning gasoline for transportation contributes significantly to an oncoming global calamity – climate change. We also know that switching to electric vehicles – or EVs – can improve the situation. I bet all of you, like me, care about the environment and most of you, like me, don’t own an electric vehicle. I’m