Monday, April 16, 2012

Big Picture Science for 04/16/12 - Humans Need Not Apply

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Big Picture Science - Humans Need Not Apply

ENCORE You are one-of-a-kind, unique, indispensible… oh, wait, never mind! It seems that computer over there can do what you do … faster and with greater accuracy.

Yes, it’s silicon vs. carbon as intelligent, interactive machines out-perform humans in tasks beyond data-crunching. We’re not only building our successors, we’re developing emotional relationships with them. Find out why humans are hard-wired to be attached to androids.

Also, the handful of areas where humans still rule… as pilots, doctors and journalists. Scratch that! Journalism is automated too – tune in for a news story written solely by a machine.

  • Clifford Nass – Social psychologist at Stanford University and Director of the Communication Between Humans and Interactive Media Lab
  • Tom Jones – United States astronaut, space consultant, and veteran of four Space Shuttle flights
  • Chris Ford – Business director at Pixar Animation Studios
  • Eric Van De Graaff -Cardiologist at Alegent Health
  • James Bennighof – Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and professor of music theory at Baylor University in Texas
  • Kathy Abbott – Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor for Flight Deck Human Factors at the Federal Aviation Administration
  • Kristian Hammond – Co-founder, Narrative Science


You can listen to this and other episodes at, and be sure to check out Blog Picture Science, the companion blog to the radio show.

First aired November 22, 2010.

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