The second TMRO.tv Discovery program is on line – Science: Why Artificial Intelligence will change our future – Discovery 01.02
In the second episode of TMRO:Science, Lisa, Jade and Athena discuss the current state of artificial intelligence, the ethical dilemmas possible, how AI can both help and hinder humanity and what this might mean for our future. Live episodes air the first Saturday of each month at 20:00 UTC. News: Baby Bruce Lees: Womb Kicks Strengthen Fetal Skeletons Spintronic diamonds! Microbes turn human waste into Vegemite Do video games cause violence? NOPE. Quantum race!
And how about that most Star Trek of Star Trek transport modalities — the transporter? Siegel manages to be both concise and complete in his discussion of the various ways a transporter might work. Do you actually move all the atoms of your body from one place to another? Or do you just transport the information about those atoms and then rebuild the body? These questions allow Siegel to unpack some basics of quantum physics, like the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. From there, he opens discussions of information and quantum computing with questions like: How can you map the atoms in your body for transport when you can’t know exactly where they are leading? All of these ideas are laid out at just the right level for a light-hearted science book about science fiction.
Treknology is pretty complete. It has a section on weapons and defense (deflector shields, phasers), a section on computing (the holodeck, androids) and a section on medicine and biology (recorders, cybernetics). There is a lot more, too, and each chapter in each section is richly illustrated with images from the shows and well-composed scientific diagrams. That means a lot of eye-candy here for both Trek and science fans.