May 03, 2005

Nanotechnology

Guests: Irfan S. Ahmad, Brian T. Cunningham, and John Rogers.

As modern technology has continued to develop, we've started thinking smaller, not bigger. Today on Focus, we're joined by three researchers from the University of Illinois to discuss their work in the burgeoning field of nanotechnology. This emerging science of the very small may well fuel the next industrial revolution.


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.


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.


October 13, 2004

The Proteus Effect: Stem Cells and Their Promise for Medicine

Guest: Ann B. Parson.

Many scientists believe that stem cells could be the pathway to discovering regenerative cures to a wide range of diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, diabetes, and heart disease. Today on Focus, we're joined by science journalist Ann Parson to discuss what stem cells are, where they come from, and the ethical issues that may prevent the field from ever really taking off.


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