Composer, computer scientist and futurist Tod Machover has joined the power of technology with one of the great classical art forms. In “Death and the Powers,” opera robots take the stage to sing about the search for immortality and how our humanity is transformed by tech. Jeffrey Brown reports on the preparations taking place at the MIT Media Lab for an upcoming interactive performance. Continue reading
Billionaire business man James Dyson — the man behind Dyson vacuums, fans and heaters — said earlier this week that the United Kingdom’s government should pay students to take engineering and science courses while at university. Continue reading
On some new car models, sensors can monitor outside surroundings and warn drivers of peril or kick in automatic braking. The Department Of Transportation is considering a mandate for all automakers to adopt this vehicle-to-vehicle technology. Gwen Ifill talks to Wall Street Journal reporter Dan Neil about how “talking cars” could improve safety on the roads but at the expense of drivers’ privacy. Continue reading
Silicon Valley business woman Sheryl Sandberg has popularized a movement to get professional women to “lean in” and fight for their positions at the top of their fields. With no female equivalent of Steve Jobs or Bill Gates in tech, the Facebook COO saw that women were underrepresented in the industry and encouraged them to step up.
While fans gets amped up for the biggest football game of the year, companies are figuring out how to tap into that enthusiasm by adapting to changing media habits and tech use. Hari Sreenivasan learns more from Nick Wingfield of The New York Times. Continue reading
Smart gadgets collect user information so that they can adapt to individual habits and personal tastes. But as this technology becomes more pervasive — embedded in automobiles, refrigerators, even fire alarms and thermostats — many fear the ways that private companies could misuse private customer data. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
Around the country, developers, policy makers and environmentalists are faced with balancing the need for clean energy with the protection of the existing landscape. In California’s Mojave Desert is one of the world’s finest solar power resources, but it’s also the habitat of endangered tortoises. Gabriela Quiros of KQED reports. Continue reading
Operating on the principle that Americans should not find it difficult to vote, a bipartisan committee came to a unanimous conclusion about how to improve the election process. Robert Bauer and Benjamin Ginsberg, co-chairs of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, join Gwen Ifill to discuss their suggestions. Continue reading