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Idea Channel

Idea Channel
Here's an idea: a PBS show that examines the connections between pop culture, technology and art. Mike Rugnetta posts new videos every other Wednesday.

Latest Episodes

Is Developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ethical? Air date: 07-01-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365036848/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false From R2-D2 to the Jetsons, our future robot companions promise to be helpful and handy! But many people have their concerns: will the development of artificial intelligence end up REPLACING humans in the work force, pushing already high unemployment through the roof?!?! /episodes/get/9635 /episode/9635 Idea Channel: Is Developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ethical? /episode-player/9635
Does Math Really Exist? Air date: 07-01-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365036981/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Math is invisible. Unlike physics, chemistry, and biology we can't see it, smell it, or even directly observe it in the universe. And so that has made a lot of really smart people ask, does it actually even EXIST?!?! /episodes/get/9636 /episode/9636 Idea Channel: Does Math Really Exist? /episode-player/9636
Is the Universe a Computer? Air date: 07-01-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365037023/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false The universe is made up of information, similar to a computer, and physics (you know, the basis of the universe) certainly is based on computational principles. But is it running some grand program? Will the answer be 42? Make sure you have your towel, and watch the episode! /episodes/get/9637 /episode/9637 Idea Channel: Is the Universe a Computer? /episode-player/9637
Why Do We Love Zombies? Air date: 07-01-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365037054/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Zombies are EVERYWHERE!! Wait, don't panic- we mean in pop culture, not outside your window. But why is that? Bad guys and monsters seem to go through phases: one decade there's a dozen movies about aliens, ten years later it's vampires. And right now, it's zombies. There must be something that... /episodes/get/9638 /episode/9638 Idea Channel: Why Do We Love Zombies? /episode-player/9638
Can Video Games Become the Next Spectator Sport? Air date: 07-01-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365037095/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false As our South Korean friends can confirm, video games can most definitely be a spectator sport. But will they ever catch on in a huge way in the good ol' U.S. of A? /episodes/get/9634 /episode/9634 Idea Channel: Can Video Games Become the Next Spectator Sport? /episode-player/9634
Is Sad Music Actually Sad? Air date: 06-27-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365033631/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Be it Elliott Smith or Queen, classical or dub step, there's usually a clear understanding that some songs are sad, and some songs are happy. But what is it about the music that makes us feel these feelings we're feeling? /episodes/get/9613 /episode/9613 Idea Channel: Is Sad Music Actually Sad? /episode-player/9613
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Super Mario Brothers as Surrealist Art?
We all know the Mario Brothers. But have you ever stepped back and tried looking at those games from a fresh perspective? They're bananas! There are armored turtles who stand on their hind legs and steal princesses! There are bullets with FACES! We make a case for Mario's inclusion into a canon of...
Air date: 03/15/2012
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2210431822/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false We all know the Mario Brothers. But have you ever stepped back and tried looking at those games from a fresh perspective? They're bananas! There are armored turtles who stand on their hind legs and steal princesses! There are bullets with FACES! We make a case for Mario's inclusion into a canon of... /episodes/get/5476 /episode/5476 Idea Channel: Super Mario Brothers as Surrealist Art? /episode-player/5476
What Makes a Pop Star Authentic?
Miku Hatsune is a computer generated pop star from Japan who has performed to sell out crowds. Lana Del Rey is a rising singer-performer who has encountered controversy over her alleged authenticity as an artist. IDEA channel raises the question: what does authenticity really mean in the world of...
Air date: 03/30/2012
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2217385729/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Miku Hatsune is a computer generated pop star from Japan who has performed to sell out crowds. Lana Del Rey is a rising singer-performer who has encountered controversy over her alleged authenticity as an artist. IDEA channel raises the question: what does authenticity really mean in the world of... /episodes/get/5479 /episode/5479 Idea Channel: What Makes a Pop Star Authentic? /episode-player/5479
Are LOLCats and Internet Memes Art?
We've all seen and shared a few LOLCats and Internet Memes in our time, but is it possible that these images and videos are actually a new form of art? Idea Channel takes a closer look at how memes function in our new interconnected culture and consults the wisdom of artists past and present to see...
Air date: 04/16/2012
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2223395273/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false We've all seen and shared a few LOLCats and Internet Memes in our time, but is it possible that these images and videos are actually a new form of art? Idea Channel takes a closer look at how memes function in our new interconnected culture and consults the wisdom of artists past and present to see... /episodes/get/5465 /episode/5465 Idea Channel: Are LOLCats and Internet Memes Art? /episode-player/5465
Is Instagram Revolutionizing Photography?
With its ability to make boring cellphone photos look "vintage" and "artsy", the mobile application Instagram has exploded worldwide. Derided by its detractors as a tool for making bad photos worse, we take an alternate view and argue that Instagram is the greatest thing to ever happen to...
Air date: 04/26/2012
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2227395030/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false With its ability to make boring cellphone photos look "vintage" and "artsy", the mobile application Instagram has exploded worldwide. Derided by its detractors as a tool for making bad photos worse, we take an alternate view and argue that Instagram is the greatest thing to ever happen to... /episodes/get/5472 /episode/5472 Idea Channel: Is Instagram Revolutionizing Photography? /episode-player/5472
Hello Kitty, Minimalist Icon?
With her cute pink bow and huge noggin, Hello Kitty is one of the most recognizable characters in the world. She sells billions of dollars worth of merchandise, but what is it about this simple cartoon cat that makes her such a beloved piece of pop culture? Ahead of her time when first created in...
Air date: 05/09/2012
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2232715113/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false With her cute pink bow and huge noggin, Hello Kitty is one of the most recognizable characters in the world. She sells billions of dollars worth of merchandise, but what is it about this simple cartoon cat that makes her such a beloved piece of pop culture? Ahead of her time when first created in... /episodes/get/5470 /episode/5470 Idea Channel: Hello Kitty, Minimalist Icon? /episode-player/5470
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