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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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Are Holograms Nostalgia or a New Form of Art?
You might have heard about the debut of Hologram Tupac at the music festival Coachella earlier this year. But with Queen's recent announcement of a Hologram Freddie Mercury and TLC's plans for a Hologram Lisa Left Eye Lopes, it looks like Hologram stars are here to stay. Is this hologram mania just...
Air date: 05/23/2012
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2238415451/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false You might have heard about the debut of Hologram Tupac at the music festival Coachella earlier this year. But with Queen's recent announcement of a Hologram Freddie Mercury and TLC's plans for a Hologram Lisa Left Eye Lopes, it looks like Hologram stars are here to stay. Is this hologram mania just... /episodes/get/5464 /episode/5464 Idea Channel: Are Holograms Nostalgia or a New Form of Art? /episode-player/5464
The Bronies Phenomenon
You might assume that the animated TV series "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" is for little girls, but Bronies - adult men who sincerely LOVE the show, and aren't afraid to admit it - would differ. Many people are baffled, even angered, by Brony culture. With their unabashed appreciation for "...
Air date: 06/06/2012
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2242914898/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false You might assume that the animated TV series "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" is for little girls, but Bronies - adult men who sincerely LOVE the show, and aren't afraid to admit it - would differ. Many people are baffled, even angered, by Brony culture. With their unabashed appreciation for "... /episodes/get/5477 /episode/5477 Idea Channel: The Bronies Phenomenon /episode-player/5477
Is Twitter the Newest Form of Literature?
Everyone is familiar with Twitter, the uber-popular micro-blogging site, which limits the user to 140 characters. The tweet is perfect for sharing your favorite links and updating the world about your life, but it might also be the newest literary form! This massively constrained communication,...
Air date: 06/14/2012
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2245703206/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Everyone is familiar with Twitter, the uber-popular micro-blogging site, which limits the user to 140 characters. The tweet is perfect for sharing your favorite links and updating the world about your life, but it might also be the newest literary form! This massively constrained communication,... /episodes/get/5474 /episode/5474 Idea Channel: Is Twitter the Newest Form of Literature? /episode-player/5474
Is the Web Browser Replacing the Art Gallery?
For the past 200 years, the gallery has been the home of new and cutting-edge art, a place where the art community can come together and share new ideas. In the era of the internet, however, you can view remarkable art from the comfort of your laptop. Is the web browser replacing the gallery as the...
Air date: 06/21/2012
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2248548488/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false For the past 200 years, the gallery has been the home of new and cutting-edge art, a place where the art community can come together and share new ideas. In the era of the internet, however, you can view remarkable art from the comfort of your laptop. Is the web browser replacing the gallery as the... /episodes/get/5473 /episode/5473 Idea Channel: Is the Web Browser Replacing the Art Gallery? /episode-player/5473
Are Mashups the End of Music Genres?
Some of the best things to be found on the internet are music mashups! It's a strangely pleasing experience to listen to totally unrelated artists commingling on the same music track. Mashups are awesome because they break genre expectations, which makes us think: why have genres at all? With so...
Air date: 06/28/2012
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2251156810/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Some of the best things to be found on the internet are music mashups! It's a strangely pleasing experience to listen to totally unrelated artists commingling on the same music track. Mashups are awesome because they break genre expectations, which makes us think: why have genres at all? With so... /episodes/get/5466 /episode/5466 Idea Channel: Are Mashups the End of Music Genres? /episode-player/5466
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