Intro to Quantum Computing

Prof. Michele Mosca, deputy director of the Institute for Quantum Computing, delivers an introduction to quantum information processing during the 2011 Undergraduate School on Quantum Information Processing (USEQIP).

Google Tech Talks: Artificial General Intelligence

When the AI field was founded over 50 years ago, it was squarely focused on the grand dream of creating software displaying general intelligence at the human level or beyond. Since that time the field has drifted in a direction Ray Kurzweil has called “Narrow AI”: the creation of intelligent software applications carrying out highly particular functions.

Dr. Ben Goertzel gives an interesting talk about the development of AGI – Artificial General Intelligence, the original ideas about what an AI is, in particular describing the Novamente AI engine.
Dr Ben Goertzel is the author of The Hidden Pattern: A Patternist Philosophy of Mind and Artificial General Intelligence (Cognitive Technologies).

Garrett Lisi: A beautiful new theory of everything

“For the next 18 minutes I’m going to try to explain the beauty of particle physics without equations”, that is how physicist and surfer Garrett Lisi starts this lecture, and he sure does. He presents a controversial new model that could answer some big questions. His theory¬†gives us a pattern, or layout for sub-atomic particles (similar to the periodic table of elements). DISPROVED: This theory has been disproved in the meantime, although Lisi updated the theory and published new papers. You can read about it on Wikipedia. Thanks to Jeff Milne for pointing that out.

Are We Ready For the Coming ‘Age of Abundance?’

Of all the forces that will impact business in the future, several mega-trends stand out: disruptions in technology, demographics and emerging markets.

This is a Big Think panel made up of Michael Schrage, MIT Sloan School of Management research fellow, theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, Peter Diamandis, Founder and Chairman of the X-Prize Foundation, and Isabel Aguilera, former CEO of Google’s Spain & Portugal operations.

Introduction to Astrophysics – Yale

This is a series of lectures about Astrophysics from Yale University. Taught by Professor Charles Bailyn,these lectures are aimed towards non-scientists. So it’s great in explaining some difficult concepts. What is even more interesting, this course focuses on three particularly interesting areas of astronomy that are advancing very rapidly: Extra-Solar Planets, Black Holes, and Dark Energy. Particular attention is paid to current projects that promise to improve our understanding significantly over the next few years.

Ray Kurzweil on 2009 Longevity Conference

Famed inventor and futurist tell scientists gathered at the 2009 Longevity Conference that we are “very close to a tipping point in human history.” According to his projections, in 15 years we will be adding more than one year every year to YOUR lifespan.
It’s a very interesting lecture by a very interesting person. Kurzweil is known for his quite accurate predictions of the future so although some of the points he makes sound pretty incredible, they are actually very possible.

UC Berkeley – Integrative Biology 131: General Human Anatomy

This is a complete course from UC Berkeley; Integrative Biology 131: General Human Anatomy from the Fall of 2005. It is taught by Professor Marian Diamond, one of the most inspiring teachers I have seen.

The Department of Integrative Biology offers a program of instruction that focuses on the integration of structure and function in the evolution of diverse biological systems. It investigates integration at all levels of organization from molecules to the biosphere, and in all taxa of organisms from viruses to higher plants and animals.

Larry Smarr – Supercomputing and the Human Brain

Larry Smarr discusses the state of the art in supercomputing, with a focus on how current computation compares to the human brain and when supercomputers will surpass human processing power. Current supercomputers are estimated to match the human visual cortex and will reach human brain’s computational ability within the next twenty years.

The Poetry of Science: Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson

Two of science’s luminaries converse on the beauty of science. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of NOVA and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins will explore the wonders of the Cosmos and of Life, its origins, its inspirations, and why science is not just an option, it is the only reality we possess.

This is a brilliant talk by some of the brightest scientific minds. Both of them great speakers and great teachers.

Carl Sagan’s Last Interview

Carl Sagan gave his last interview with Charlie rose on May 27th 1996. He discussed pseudo-science, religion, unfounded claims, his personal love affair with science and his struggle with myelodysplasia as well as other elements of his last book: The Demon-Haunted World.

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