- Short Films
Square Enix, a gaming company that developed the Deus Ex: Human Revolution, comes a short documentary about the possibility of actually developing technologies seen in that game. It appears that human augmentation technology is really advancing rapidly, as some prosthetic limbs seen here are really quite advanced.
Historian George Dyson tells stories from the birth of the modern computer — from its 16th-century origins to the hilarious notebooks of some early computer engineers, containing the first geek jokes I guess.
It’s always fascinating to see those huge old computers the size of my living room.
There is also a mention of Nils All Barricelli, a Norwegian-Italian mathematician, who used the computers to run experiments in symbiogenesis and evolution, who also percieved the code as the living organism capable of evolving.
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).
A bit aged, but definitely one of the most informative documentaries available on astronomy. Composed of 8 one hour long episodes, The Planets give us a history of the space age from both US and Russia’s perspective, detailing all the important events and scientific discoveries during that time. The sheer amount of information provided in this documentary puts many others I have watched to shame.
As the current big news in science is the discovery of the neutrinos traveling faster than the speed of light. Here we have physicists from the University of Nottingham offering some explanations and possibilities for the neutrinos to behave that way.
For more information about neutrinos themselves you can take a look at the Hunting for Neutrinos documentary.
18,000 years ago there was a sudden change in climate which ends a global freeze which had lasted for several thousands of years. Melting ice caps drive up sea levels to create coastlines we recognize today and great glaciers thaw dramatically to re-sculpture the landscape.
This is a Nat Geo Wild documentary, exploring the Earth’s global warming and cooling cycles. It gives some valuable information on the conditions which dictate the changing temperatures on Earth – very educational.
“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.
This is an interesting short video displaying physics at work using time-lapse.
In the author’s own words, Kim Pimmel:”I combined everyday soap bubbles with exotic ferrofluid liquid to create an eerie tale, using macro lenses and time lapse techniques. Black ferrofluid and dye race through bubble structures, drawn through by the invisible forces of capillary action and magnetism. “
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.
A documentary made upon the book: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, by the biologist Professor Richard Dawkins, who has spent a lifetime educating the general public about the basic principles and mechanism behind the evolution.