Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Elaine Pagels and Gustav Niebuhr
Elaine Pagels, religion scholar and author of Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, is considered one of the world's foremost religion scholars. In a time when global religious violence surges, Revelations explores and illuminates the roots of dissent, violence and division in the world's religions. She is interviewed by Gustav Niebuhr, Associate Professor in Religion & the Media, Syracuse University, and the former Religion Correspondent for The New York Times. Prof. Niebuhr also does occasional commentaries on religion for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Ray Kurzweil and Jim Fleming
Ray Kurzweil's inventions have revolutionized society. The first CCD flatbed scanner, the first print to speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer... these and other innovative contributions make Kurzweil one of the leading inventors of the past two centuries. He is also a revolutionary thinker on the topic of artificial intelligence, contending that humans will eventually become hybrids of biological and non-biological intelligence. Talking with NPR's Jim Fleming, Kurzweil discusses his book "How to Create a Mind: the Secret of Human Thought Revealed," sharing insight into how the human brain evolved and some fascinating predictions about its future.