March 10, 2005

God In the Machine: What Robots Teach Us About Humanity and God

Guest: Anne Foerst.

Robots may seem to be the stuff of Hollywood culture and space technology, but they are quickly becoming more commonplace in our everyday environment. As artificial intelligence gains more significance, it's important to address its theological and social implications. Today on Focus, theologian and computer scientist Anne Foerst joins us to tackle some of the biggest questions at the forefront of her research. What differentiates "human" from "person"? What does it mean to have a soul?


March 04, 2005

On Intelligence

Guest: Jeff Hawkins.

The brain is not a computer, but a memory system, calling upon sequences of past events to make predictions for the future. This is what forms the basis of intelligence—and it is what most computers today lack. Today on Focus, we're joined by computer architect Jeff Hawkins to talk about how studying the human brain will allow us to revolutionize computing technology.


February 11, 2005

Happiness: Lessons from a New Science

Guest: Richard Layard.

This morning on Focus, we're joined by Richard Layard, one of Britain's best-known economists and a pioneer in the field of happiness studies. He is more than willing to confirm that money, in fact, does not buy happiness—so what does?


January 10, 2005

On Intelligence

Guest: Jeff Hawkins.

The brain is not a computer, but a memory system, calling upon sequences of past events to make predictions for the future. This is what forms the basis of intelligence—and it is what most computers today lack. Today on Focus, we're joined by computer architect Jeff Hawkins to talk about how studying the human brain will allow us to revolutionize computing technology.


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