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Saturday
Oct012011

Live from Day 1 @ OccupyLA With Heidi Sulzdorf & Protesters

Heidi Sulzdorf helped organize and get OccupyLA off the ground. We spoke with her as well as protesters about the movement, why they're doing it, and what it means to them.

This [Occupy Movement] is a profoundly different look of things, different than anything we have ever seen before.

Heidi Sulzdorf

Twenty years ago, if you wanted to start a protest that was nation-wide - it would take a lot more time. What this [social media] allows, is it shortens the time-span.

Brittney Gallagher

Listen to the interview:

   

Saturday
Aug272011

Turning Into Gods: The Edge of Digital Culture

We spoke with Jason Silva, producer at Current TV - whose work has also been featured in Vanity Fair, Fast Company, and the Huffington Post - about his upcoming film, "Turning Into Gods." 

"Turning Into Gods" celebrates this notion that we will not go quietly into the night... Technology might be where man finally can have that catharsis that he has been looking for symbolically and mythologically beforehand. Technology might be the way that man might eventually make himself immortal and solve his existential sort of cosmic tragic comedy condition that he has been in.

Jason Silva


"Turning Into Gods" Concept Trailer:

 

TURNING INTO GODS - 'Concept Teaser' from jason silva on Vimeo.

Saturday
Aug062011

AI Learning To Win Civilization... By Learning Language

Oh the language games we play... well now, not just us huamns are doing it, but AI as well.  S.R.K. Branavan is a graduate student at MIT's Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab - where they taught a machine how to win the strategy game civilization by reading the manual. Just imagine if robots are able to interpret human language, then they can learn how to do tasks they have not previously come into contact with.

If you'd like to read the original paper, click here.

If you'd like to setup the virtual machine, click here.

The idea is that giving a computer access to information recorded in human language can significantly improve its chances of doing well in whatever task you want it to do... it's what humans do... Also, you don't need to know language beforehand to be able to leverage the information encoded in human language...

S.R.K. Branavan

Saturday
Jul302011

Leaving The Realm Of Science-Fiction... Entering Reality

Alex Lightman is an author, entrepreneur, and futurist. We spoke with him about the future of Digital Culture and what the implications of IBM's Watson are, the future or radio programming, Transhumanism, merging with machines (a la Borg), the DIY revolution, and more... all in eight minutes!
It sounds like the Borg is coming... that we're the Borg home world...
Brittney Gallagher

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