Featured This Month
The United States Postal Service reveals its new Sally Ride Forever postage stamp, with tributes from Billie Jean King, Tam O'Shaughnessy and Ellen Ochoa, all friends of the late Sally Ride, and hosted by Sally Ride Science@UC San Diego.
Elizabeth Cholawsky is a seasoned executive leader in the technology industry with a strong focus on growing successful SaaS-based (software as service) businesses. Most recently, she was CEO of Support.com, where she transformed the business from being solely reliant on outsourced services revenue to selling a SaaS product that intelligently ran large contact centers. Recorded on 04/17/2018.
Myths symbolize ideas, values, history and other issues that are important to a people. They may be true or false, mundane or fantastic; their significance is their meaning, not their narrative content. Science is a way of knowing about the natural world. Its conclusions tentatively may be true or false, but its significance is its explanatory power: one has confidence in the process of science, even though some explanations change over time. Myth and science thus seem very different, but each has been utilized by proponents of both sides of the Christian creationism and evolution controversy. Eugenie Scott, Founding Executive Director, National Center for Science Education Understanding, explores how this role is essential in comprehending (much less mediating) this persistent conflict. Recorded on 10/04/2018.
With the vast amount of data available in digital form, the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is evolving rapidly. In this talk, William Wang (UCSB Computer Science) summarizes the stunning achievements of Artificial Intelligence for the past decade, especially in the subareas of Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Computer Vision. He also looks at big resarch challenges ahead. Recorded on 06/27/2018.
A gene drive is a targeted contagion intended to spread within species, forever altering the offspring. Gene drive enthusiasts say they could wipe out malaria, saving more than half a million lives each year. As yet, no CRISPR gene drive has been released in the wild few have even been built. Laurie Zoloth of the University of Chicago explores the ethical questions about genes designed to spread through populations and alter ecosystems, and their unforeseen consequences. Recorded on 11/15/2018.
CARTA: Impact of Tool Use & Technology on the Evolution of the Human Mind - Rafael Núñez, Candice Odgers, Joseph Henrich
This symposium addresses the interactive gene-culture co-evolution of the human brain with tool use and technology - ranging from simple stone tools millions of years ago to computers today. Recorded on 10/12/2018.