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CEO Dick Costolo: What We Don't Know About Twitter

Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, talks with WIRED's Steven Levy about Twitter, politics, and social media at the 2012 WIRED Business Conference. ---- On May 1, 2012, WIRED gathered together thought-leaders for ground-breaking discussions on disruptive business practices, ideas, and innovations.

Duration: 00:44:28

Gaming the System: Doping in Sports

The incredible feats that athletes accomplish fascinate us, but what are the personal, cultural and athletic impact of doping in sports? After the Olympic Games and just prior to the America's Cup World Series in San Francisco, swissnex San Francisco will kick off its series Sports & Tech with the event Gaming the System: Doping in Sports, focusing on the controversial and omnipresent use of performance enhancers in sports. ---- Max Gassman tells us about his research on the hormone...

Duration: 02:26:29

Sebastian Thrun: The Man Behind the Google Car

Sebastian Thrun talks with Jason Tanz about the self-driving car. Thrun is a Google Fellow and professor of computer science at Stanford University. Thrun is director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL). He led the development of the robotic vehicle Stanley which won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, and which is exhibited in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. His team also developed Junior, which placed second at the DARPA Urban...

Duration: 00:39:37

Being Human: Mental + Representations & Decision-Making

Experts in psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience discuss the interrelationship between evolution, humanity, and the brain. ---- As we use the tools of science to explore the nature of humanity, we are learning more and more about how our brains function and what motivates our behavior, built-in biases and blind spots. These fresh insights are interesting scientifically, but they also evoke significant questions about our lived experience. These perspectives challenge our basic...

Duration: 01:59:49

Vintage Tomorrows: Inside the Steampunk Documentary

What can playing with the past tell us about the future? VINTAGE TOMORROWS, a book/documentary about the steampunk movement, seeks to answer this question. Join the makers as they share excerpts from the film. ---- James Carrott is a cultural historian, design researcher, tech nerd, game geek, pop culture scholar, anachronist, and contrarian. He is the author of the forthcoming book & documentary film, Vintage Tomorrows: What Playing with the Past Can Teach Us About the Future. Byrd...

Duration: 00:45:42

Protecting Content and Promoting Information

In the wake of the uproar among the technology and entertainment industries over the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA), the search for common ground and a way forward is more urgent than ever. Join NBCUniversal's Richard Cotton and Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson for an open conversation on imagining a digital world in which content creators and tech innovators can thrive and flourish. Rick Cotton was named executive vice president and general...

Duration: 00:59:55

Obesity is the Government's Business

With 33% of adults and 17% of children obese, the U.S. is facing an obesity epidemic. A major risk factor for expensive, chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, it costs our health care system nearly $150 billion a year. Should government intervene, or is this a matter of individual rights and personal responsibility? Paul Campos is a law professor, author and journalist currently on the faculty of the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is the author of The Obesity...

Duration: 02:18:03

An Evening with Bill Keller

Bill Keller, op-ed columnist and former executive editor of The New York Times, speaks with Prof. Peter Beinart, senior political writer for the Daily Beast who teaches Political Reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Bill Keller has enjoyed a long and illustrious career at The Times, winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for his coverage of the Soviet Union, and serving as executive editor from 2003 to 2011, a time of transformation and challenge in the news media. He is...

Duration: 02:06:35

Cognitive Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

Join an audience at swissnex San Francisco as scientists from Switzerland and the US discuss their research on humanoid robots, cognitive robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI). Hear how some robots self-reflect, self-improve, and adapt to new circumstances, and whether it’s possible for robots of the future to possess the same cognitive characteristics as humans. Cornell University’s Hod Lipson is seeking to understand if machines can learn analytical laws automatically. For...

Duration: 02:13:31

Lawrence Lessig: How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop It

This program was recorded by the Long Now Foundation, on January 17, 2012. A dazzlingly incisive presenter, Lawrence Lessig specializes in identifying deep systemic problems in public process (such as copyright malfunction and Congressional dysfunction) and then showing how they can be cured. Currently he is bearing down on the corruption of Congress by the practice of private funding for public elections through campaign contributions. He writes: "The dependency of modern campaign finance...

Duration: 02:03:26

The Rise and Fall of Wall Street: Paul O'Neill, Ron Suskind, and Jesse LaGr

Culture Project and present Blueprint for Accountability: Truth and Consequences Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author, Paul O’Neill, the famously candid Treasury Secretary under George W. Bush and a 2008 adviser to Barack Obama, and Jesse LaGreca (blogger and writer for Daily Kos and Occupy Wall Street activist) meet for a high-voltage conversation about the rise, fall and bailout of Wall Street, the perils of speaking truth to power, and the...

Duration: 01:53:12

Debate: The World Would Be Better Off Without Religion

Presented by Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates on November 15, 2011. In the words of Blaise Pascal, mathematician and Catholic, "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction." Does religion breed intolerance, violence, and the promotion of medieval ideas? Or should we concede that overall, it has been a source for good, giving followers purpose, while encouraging morality and ethical behavior? Facebook:

Duration: 02:23:45

The Internet Archive's Brewster Kahle: Universal Access to All Knowledge

This program was recorded in collaboration with the Long Now Foundation, on November 30, 2011. As founder and librarian of the storied Internet Archive (deemed impossible by all when he started it in 1996), Brewster Kahle has practical experience behind his universalist vision of access to every bit of knowledge ever created, for all time, ever improving. He will speak to questions such as these: Can we make a distributed web of books that supports vending and lending? How can our machines...

Taking Out GE's Trash: A New Model for Commercial Recycling

TerraCycle's Tom Szaky and Banyan Water's Jeff Fulgham discuss how their two companies are working to create new models for commercial waste disposal and reuse. This program was recorded in collaboration with the Compass Summit, on October 26, 2011. Taking out GE's Trash Film and conversation between: Tom Szaky, Chief Executive Officer, TerraCycle, Inc Jeff Fulgham, Chief Sales, Service, Strategy and Sustainability Officer, Banyan Water Compass Summit, a forum for true interaction and...

Duration: 00:24:48

Daniel Kahneman In Conversation with David Brooks

This program was recorded in collaboration with the Graduate Center at CUNY, on November 28, 2011. New York Times columnist David Brooks will speak with the Nobel Laureate and psychologist Daniel Kahneman about the latter’s influential career and his new book Thinking, Fast and Slow. A Nobel laureate in economics (one of the only non-economists to earn this honor) and a research psychologist world-renowned for his seminal work on judgment, decision making, happiness, and well-being,...

Duration: 01:40:06

Will We Ever Understand the Brain?

As neuroscientists are learning more and more about our body's hidden frontier, we have gained fleeting insights into our own intuition, habits and seemingly unexplainable preferences. Can we solve those mysteries by creating a complete computer model of our brain? Or, is the brain an unsolvable puzzle? Two leading neuroscientists discuss these questions and more as we look into the neurology of the brain. David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and a fiction writer. During the day, he directs...

Reinventing the Leaf: Future Sources of Fuel

Nate Lewis, professor of chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, discusses the future of energy technology at the 2011 Compass Summit. This program was recorded on October 26, 2011. Reinventing the Leaf: Future Sources of Fuel Nate Lewis, George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology Compass Summit, a forum for true interaction and exchange, examines some of today’s most pressing problems through the lens of global citizenship, recognizing that...

Jonathan Elsen on Microbes: The 'Dark Matter' of Biology

Biologist Jonathan Elsen presents "The 'Dark Matter' of Biology." This program was recorded in collaboration with the Compass Summit, on October 25, 2011. IDEAS THAT ACCELERATE: SCIENCE MULTIPLIERS The Dark Matter of Biology Jonathan Eisen, Professor, University of California Davis Compass Summit, a forum for true interaction and exchange, examines some of today's most pressing problems through the lens of global citizenship, recognizing that human ingenuity is an unlimited resource. Guided...

Duration: 00:32:28

Michael Moore: Here Comes Trouble

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore talks politics and reads from his new book, Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life. This program was recorded at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, on October 2, 2011. Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life is an unflinchingly honest, take-no-prisoners ride through the life of Oscar-winning filmmaker and bestselling author Michael Moore. Moore shares far-ranging, irreverent, and stranger-than-fiction vignettes from his early life. One moment he's an...

Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow: War of the Worldviews

Sixth and I Historic Synagogue presents: Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow discussing their book, War of the Worldviews: Science vs Spirituality. This program was recorded on October 6, 2011. In War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality, the two bestselling authors debate the most fundamental questions of human existence. How did the universe begin? Where did life come from? Is there design in nature? Without defending organized religion, Chopra asserts that there is design in the...
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