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  • Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another -- by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2013, 10:36 PM by Paul Ketko
  • Andrew McAfee: Are droids taking our jobs? Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating -- jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2013, 10:40 PM by Paul Ketko
  • A Day Made of Glass 1 & 2 In 2011, Corning Incorporated shared its vision for the near future in “A Day Made of Glass.” The video captured the imagination of millions with a glimpse into how ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2013, 10:42 PM by Paul Ketko
  • Jim Harford: Adapt - Why success always starts with failure Join Tim Harford as he brings you the principles you need in business and in life, to survive, innovate and prosper in a complex and ever-shifting world. Click here ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2013, 10:43 PM by Paul Ketko
  • David Christian: Big history Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is "Big History": an ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2013, 10:44 PM by Paul Ketko
  • Harvey Fineberg: Are we ready for neo-evolution? Medical ethicist Harvey Fineberg shows us three paths forward for the ever-evolving human species: to stop evolving completely, to evolve naturally -- or to control the next steps of human ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2013, 10:45 PM by Paul Ketko
  • Scale of the universe A cool interactive site to compare size of objects in the universe from macro to mico. Click here to view the video
    Posted Jan 1, 2013, 10:45 PM by Paul Ketko
  • Sean Carroll: Distant time and the hint of a multiverse Cosmologist Sean Carroll attacks -- in an entertaining and thought-provoking tour through the nature of time and the universe -- a deceptively simple question: Why does time exist at all? The ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2013, 10:46 PM by Paul Ketko
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Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies

posted Jan 1, 2013, 10:36 PM by Paul Ketko

Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another -- by listening to the humans around them and "taking statistics" on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world.(Filmed at TEDxRainier.)

About  Patricia Kuhl 
Patricia Kuhl is co-director of the Institute for Brain and Learning Sciences at the University of Washington. She's internationally recognized for her research on early language and brain development, and studies that show how young children learn. Kuhl’s work has played a major role in demonstrating how early exposure to language alters the brain. It has implications for critical periods in development, for bilingual education and reading readiness, for developmental disabilities involving language, and for research on computer understanding of speech.

Andrew McAfee: Are droids taking our jobs?

posted Sep 29, 2012, 3:40 PM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jan 1, 2013, 10:40 PM ]

Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating -- jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain't seen nothing yet. But then he steps back to look at big history, and comes up with a surprising and even thrilling view of what comes next. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.)

Andrew McAfee studies how information technology affects businesses and societyFull bio »

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A Day Made of Glass 1 & 2

posted Feb 11, 2012, 3:06 AM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jan 1, 2013, 10:42 PM ]

In 2011, Corning Incorporated shared its vision for the near future in “A Day Made of Glass.” The video captured the imagination of millions with a glimpse into how glass, partnered with companion technologies, will help shape our everyday lives.

Today the story about a more connected world continues with “A Day Made of Glass 2.” This video is still a day made of glass, but it expands Corning’s glass innovations into a few different places and applications.

Set on the same day, “A Day Made of Glass 2” follows the same futuristic family as they journey through their day, but instead focuses on the father and two daughters. As the characters work, learn, and play, the applications for specialty glass extend into the classroom, hospital, and home of the near future.

Click here to view the video Day Made of Glass 1

Click here to view the video Day Made of Glass 2

Click here to view the video Day Made of Glass 2 Unpacked

Glass is the essential material enabling this new world. The displays and touch surfaces of the future will require materials that are tough, yet thin and lightweight; that can enable complex electronic circuits and nano functionality; that can scale for very large applications, and that also have a cool, touch-friendly aesthetic. 

The real-time information also depends on communications networks with massive bandwidth capacity – meaning new opportunities for Corning to apply its optical communications expertise to customers’ tough challenges.

Corning’s advancements in sleek, flexible, touch-sensitive, and damage-resistant glass materials are the solution for not just the near future, but today. The company is engaged in research and partnership opportunities that will help make the vision in both videos a reality.

As Corning continues to develop materials and glass components that will help enable a more connected world, we realize that our vision might also bring up a few questions.

To help answer those, a video titled, “A Day Made of Glass 2: Unpacked” was created. In this special version of the video, a host revisits each scene from “A Day Made of Glass 2” and further explains what Corning believes is possible today and what is still being developed.

Jim Harford: Adapt - Why success always starts with failure

posted Jul 5, 2011, 5:33 PM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jan 1, 2013, 10:43 PM ]

Join Tim Harford as he brings you the principles you need in business and in life, to survive, innovate and prosper in a complex and ever-shifting world.

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David Christian: Big history

posted Jul 5, 2011, 5:24 PM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jan 1, 2013, 10:44 PM ]

Backed by stunning illustrations, David Christian narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is "Big History": an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline.

About David Christian

David Christian is by training a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union, but since the 1980s he has become interested in world history on very large scales. He has written on the social and material history of the 19th-century Russian peasantry, in particular on aspects of diet and the role of alcohol. In 1989, he began teaching courses on "Big History," surveying the past on the largest possible scales, including those of biology and astronomy.

Christian is a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Over the next few years he will also be working with the support of Bill Gates to create an online course in "Big History" for high school students.

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Harvey Fineberg: Are we ready for neo-evolution?

posted Jul 5, 2011, 5:16 PM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jan 1, 2013, 10:45 PM ]

Medical ethicist Harvey Fineberg shows us three paths forward for the ever-evolving human species: to stop evolving completely, to evolve naturally -- or to control the next steps of human evolution, using genetic modification, to make ourselves smarter, faster, better. Neo-evolution is within our grasp. What will we do with it?

About Harvey Fineberg

As president of the Institute of Medicine, Harvey Fineberg thinks deeply about new medicine, both its broad possibilities and the moral and philosophical questions that each new treatment brings. How do we decide which treatment to use in a tricky case -- both individually and as a community? Is it fair that the richest hospitals get the best healthcare? Who should bear the risk (and gain the reward) of trying the newest treatments?

Fineberg helped found and served as president of the Society for Medical Decision Making and also served as consultant to the World Health Organization. He was provost of Harvard from 1997 to 2001, following thirteen years as Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. He has devoted most of his academic career to the fields of health policy and medical decision making. His past research has focused on the process of policy development and implementation, assessment of medical technology, evaluation and use of vaccines, and dissemination of medical innovations.

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Scale of the universe

posted Jul 5, 2011, 4:44 PM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jan 1, 2013, 10:45 PM ]

A cool interactive site to compare size of objects in the universe from macro to mico.

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Sean Carroll: Distant time and the hint of a multiverse

posted Jul 5, 2011, 4:36 PM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jan 1, 2013, 10:46 PM ]


Cosmologist Sean Carroll attacks -- in an entertaining and thought-provoking tour through the nature of time and the universe -- a deceptively simple question: Why does time exist at all? The potential answers point to a surprising view of the nature of the universe, and our place in it.

About Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at Caltech in Pasadena, California, where he researches theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory and gravitation -- exploring the nature of fundamental physics by studying the structure and evolution of the universe.

His book on cosmology and the arrow of time, From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time, was published in 2010. He keeps a regular blog at Cosmic Variance.

"For anyone who ever wondered about the nature of time and how it influences our universe, [From Here to Eternity] is a must read. It is beautifully written, lucid, and deep."Kip Thorne 

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