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How To Keep The Dust Off Your White Pants With 7 Desk Fans

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Look inside most machines today and what do you find? Computer chips functioning mysteriously. Gaze at a 1920's Rube Goldberg cartoon and what do you find? Machines powered by hungry parrots and angry ladies. Will future tools stay inscrutable or become more Rube-like? Here's a guess.

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Life in 2030

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Broadcast Times: Saturday, 6am on 93.9FM and Sunday, 7am on AM820

Robots that fight fires, cars that drive themselves, clothes that prevent illness the stuff of science fiction novels? Or, are they closer than we think?  Life in 2030, a one-hour special from The Engineers of the New Millennium, explores the latest advances in science and technology to give listeners a glimpse of what life may be like in the not-too-distant future.

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Radiolab

Ghost Stories

Friday, June 29, 2012

Real-life people try to pin down, and make peace with, mysterious figures that haunt them, prod them, and fade out of existence.

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Ghost in the machine

Friday, June 29, 2012

When the 17-year-old crown prince of Spain, Don Carlos, fell down a set of stairs in 1562, he threw his whole country into a state of uncertainty about the future. Especially his father, King Philip II, who despite being the most powerful man in the world, was helpless in the ...

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A REAL Turing Machine

Friday, March 23, 2012

In our latest short, The Turing Problem, we described the importance of a wholly imaginary invention--Alan Turing's theoretical "universal machine." But thanks to a listener, we found out that someone actually figured out a way to build one! And there's video.

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The Turing Problem

Monday, March 19, 2012

Alan Turing's mental leaps about machines and computers were some of the most innovative ideas of the 20th century. But the world wasn't kind to him. In this short, Robert wonders how Turing's personal life shaped his understanding of mechanical minds and human emotions.

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Talking to Machines

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What can machines tell us about being human?

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Clever Bots

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

In 2006, Robert Epstein decided to turn to his computer for some help finding a date. He was single at the time, and it seemed like everyone was getting into online dating. So he started searching through photos and sending messages, reaching out to women who caught his interest. And ...

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