"As computers become smarter (and smaller), there’s a good chance that in the future, the lines between humans and computers will begin to blur. What does that mean for our essential humanness? Clive Thompson, Jamais Cascio, Jaron Lanier and Ray Kurzweil discuss a future where machines can think like humans and people become one with the web."
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Anthropologist Wade Davis is one of the world’s great story tellers, with personal adventures to match. An Explorer-in-Residence at National Geographic, he specializes in hanging out with traditional peoples and exploring their religious practices.
He first came to public notice with his discovery of the reality of zombies in Haitian voodoo and the substance used to poison them—-chronicled in his 1985 book, The Serpent and the Rainbow. He is the author of 13 books, including One River and Shadows in the Suns, and has hosted, written, and starred in numerous television specials, including "Earthguide," "Light at the Edge of the World," "Spirit of the Mask," and "Forests Forever." This talk is based on the prestigious Massey Lectures that Davis gave in Canada in 2009.
The transition from physical to virtual spaces means that there is less opportunity to physically interact in public spaces. Historically public spaces were used for celebration, today they are used for anonymous mobile calls. We would like to explore the ways in which the tangible aspect of physical space might be re-introduced into our virtual interactions through an exploration and discussion of - among other things - responsive architecture.
Mouna Andraos, Electronic Crafts
Francesca Birks, Arup
Molly Wright Steenson, Princeton University School of Architecture
Ben [neb] Cerveny, AFK Stamen Gamelayers etc
New Yorker music critic Alex Ross has received two American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Deems Taylor Awards for music criticism and a Letter of Distinction from the American Music Center for his contributions to contemporary music. His internationally bestselling book, The Rest is Noise earned the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award and a 2008 Pulitzer Prize nomination. His second book is an expansive survey of the musical scene, ranging from classical music artists to pop sensations such as Frank Sinatra, Led Zeppelin, and Björk. (recorded 10/26/2010)
Speaker: Professor James Scott Chair: Professor Jude Howell
This event was recorded on 22 May 2008 in the New Theatre, East Building
Professor Scott argues that the hill peoples of mainland Southeast Asia are fugitive, runaway populations, practising ‘escape agriculture’, ‘escape social structure’ and ‘escape culture’. Jim Scott is Sterling Professor of Political Science and Anthropology at Yale University.
From Future Tense with John Moe:
Sometimes at night I’ll wonder what’s on TV. Surf around for a while, not find much, and get on the computer instead. There, I might update Facebook, tweet something on Twitter. And I’ll think, “It didn’t use to be like this.” Time away from work and responsibility used to be passive, we watched TV mutely, we read a book. We didn’t post videos to YouTube or edit Wikipedia. Online culture has meant that instead of just consuming culture, we also create it and share it. We don’t just watch Lost, we watch it and then go on message boards or even make our own videos.
This is a shift detailed in Clay Shirky’s new book Cognitive Surplus: creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age. He teaches at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU and has been a big thinker on the way we work together online for many many years. We talk to him about what this shift means for society in the long term.