Leonard Shlain: On Conversations With History
Leonard Shlain explores age old questions in this talk. What do women want? Why do men hunt? What is the nature of an orgasm? What is it's evolutionary purpose. What attracts humans? Shlain is a polymath who connects disperate fields of knowledge exceptionally well.
Michael Hiltzik: On The New Deal and its implications at Google
Michael Hiltzik visited Google's Santa Monica Office to talk about his book "The New Deal: A Modern History." This talk took place on October 13, 2011 as part of the Authors@Google program. His book chronicles the formation of the New Deal by Roosevelt and the implications on American society.
James Gleick: On The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
James Gleick, the author of the bestsellers Chaos and Genius, brings us his crowning work: a revelatory chronicle that shows how information has become the modern era's defining quality— the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world. <br>The story of information begins in a time profoundly unlike our own, when every thought and utterance vanished as soon as it was born. From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long misunderstood "talking drums" of Africa, James Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very nature of human consciousness. He provides portraits of the key figures contributing to the inexorable development of our modern understanding of information: Charles Babbage, the idiosyncratic inventor of the first great mechanical computer; Ada Byron, the poet's brilliant and doomed daughter, who became the first true programmer; pivotal figures like Samuel Morse and Alan Turing; and Claude Shannon, the creator of information theory itself. <br>And then the information age comes upon us. Citizens of this world become experts willy- nilly: aficionados of bits and bytes. And they sometimes feel they are drowning, swept by a deluge of signs and signals, news and images, blogs and tweets. The Information is the story of how we got here and where we are heading. It will transform readers' view of its subject.<br>James Gleick is our leading chronicler of science and modern technology. His first book, Chaos, a National Book Award finalist, has been translated into 25 languages. His best-selling biographies,Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman and Isaac Newton, were short- listed for thePulitzer Prize. The Information was seven years in the making.
Michael Hiltzik: On Big Science and Innovation at National Book Festival
Michael Hiltzik discusses "Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex" at the 2016 Library of Congress Book Festival in Washington, D.C. <br>Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Michael Hiltzik has written for the Los Angeles Times for three decades. During his career he has served as a financial and political writer, an investigative reporter, a technology writer and editor, and a foreign correspondent in Africa and Russia.
James Gleick: On Time Travel with Maria Popova
James Gleick, our leading chronicler of science and technology and author of bestselling books like Chaos and The Information, talks with Brain Pickings‘ Maria Popova about the ideas in his fascinating new book, Time Travel. Join them for what’s sure to be a riveting discussion of an idea that changed our understanding of time. Recorded October 18, 2016 at 92nd Street Y.
Yuval Harari: On why humans run the world at TED
Seventy thousand years ago, our human ancestors were insignificant animals, just minding their own business in a corner of Africa with all the other animals. But now, few would disagree that humans dominate planet Earth; we've spread to every continent, and our actions determine the fate of other animals (and possibly Earth itself). How did we get from there to here? Historian Yuval Noah Harari suggests a surprising reason for the rise of humanity.
Yuval Harari: On the Rise of Homo Deus
In conversation with Kamal Ahmed, the BBC’s economics editor, Harari examined the political and economic revolutions that look set to transform society, as technology continues its exponential advance. What will happen when artificial intelligence takes over most of the jobs that people do? Will our liberal values of equality and universal human rights survive the creation of a massive new class of individuals who are economically useless? And when Google and Facebook know our political preferences better than we do ourselves, will democratic elections become redundant? As the 21st century progresses, not only our society and economy but our bodies and minds could be revolutionised by new technologies such as genetic engineering, nanotechnology and brain-computer interfaces. After a few countries master the enhancement of bodies and brains, will they conquer the planet while the rest of humankind is driven to extinction?