51% Show #1278

Jan 10, 2014

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There's a big question about our future that no one's talking about... What happens when technology catches us – and then passes us by?

It's called the singularity – the moment, which experts say is fast approaching, when our technology is faster, better and smarter than we are.

What will that mean to our economy – our society – our lives?  At the front of the discussion is Google engineer Ray Kurzweil, whose latest book is The Singularity Is Near, When Humans Transcend Biology.  Is this all news to you? This week we found a great interview on the Groks Science Show with Professor James Miller of Smith College, who spoke about the impact of the singularity.

Ray Kurzweil with Bill Gates of Microsoft

This interview with Professor James Miller of Smith College comes to us courtesy of The Groks Science Show.  His book is called Singularity Rising. Want to see all the latest advances – good and questionable? Check out kurzweilai.net and grokscience.wordpress.com.

Coming up, think technology isn't changing quickly? Plus what artists are doing in response to the rise of drones. 

Fingerless gloves are back because we need our fingertips to use our smart phones. What else is happening in fashion that's really about technology?

Drones are one of the hottest topics in technology today.  Amazon's planning to use them to deliver our online orders. As Eric Molinsky discovered, some fine artists are incorporating drones into their art work -- and dance performances.

That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance.  Our theme  music is by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio.  Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock.