Are we in control of our own decisions?


Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we’re not as rational as we think when we make decisions.

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Reggie Watts: A send-off in style


Youtube excerpt: Reggie Watts, the final performer on the PopTech 2011 stage, sends the audience off in style with his characteristic blend of wry improvisational humor and unpredictable musical riffs. Using only his microphone and a looping machine, Watts creates a brilliant pastiche of the conference and brings the conference attendees to their feet to dance.

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The Venus Project


Wikipedia excerpt: The Venus Project is an organization started by self-educated structural engineer, industrial designer, and futurist Jacque Fresco. Fresco’s project aims to restructure society through worldwide utilization of a theoretical design that he calls a resource-based economy. Those ideas use a version of sustainable cities, energy efficiency, natural resource management and advanced automation with a global socio-economic system based on social cooperation and scientific methodology. You can find out more here: http://www.thevenusproject.com/

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Vijay Kumar – Robots that fly


At the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab, at the University of Pennsylvania, flying quadrotor robots move together in eerie formation, tightening themselves into perfect battalions, even filling in the gap when one of their own drops out. You might have seen viral videos of the quads zipping around the netting-draped GRASP Lab (they juggle! they fly through a hula hoop!). Vijay Kumar headed this lab from 1998-2004; he’s now the Deputy Dean for Education in the School of Engineering and Applied Science

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Can You Hack It?


AKA Hackers Wanted This film explores the origin of true hackers vs. today's computer criminals by following the adventures of Adrian Lamo and other well-intentioned hackers, who found security holes and pointed them out so they might be fixed, only to eventually be arrested. Commonly thought of as computer criminals and vandals, a true hacker is an innovative thinker able to 'hack' himself out of a given problem or situation, whether it be computer related or not. Historically, hackers have accounted for mankind's greatest inventions

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ALONE: The Brain, Sensory Deprivation and Isolation


You are about to witness a controversial experiment, One that delves deep into the human brain. Six ordinary people will face total sensory deprivation, all in the name of science. We live in a dangerous era were solitary confinement and sensory deprivation are sometimes used as punishment even as political tools. Yet scientists just beginning to investigate the impact of total isolation on the mind. Using the latest technology and a all to real simulation, scientists hope to answer a question as old as imprisonment

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