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Sat, Apr 27, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 -- 1:00 PM Radiolab

Stochasticity -- Stochasticity (a wonderfully slippery and smarty-pants word for randomness) may be at the very foundation of our lives. To understand how big a role it plays, the program looks at chance and patterns in sports, lottery tickets, and even the cells in our own body.

Fri, Apr 26, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 -- 2:00 AM The GOP: Seize the Center or Die

The year 2012 was disappointing for Republicans. The failure to win key swing states in the presidential election and surprising losses in the House and Senate has prompted some reflection. Was their embrace of small government, low taxes, and a strong conservative stance on social issues at odds with shifting American demographics? Or did the GOP embrace the right platform, but the wrong candidates?

Thu, Apr 25, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 -- 8:00 PM Intelligence Squared

The GOP: Seize the Center or Die -- The year 2012 was disappointing for Republicans. The failure to win key swing states in the presidential election and surprising losses in the House and Senate has prompted some reflection. Was their embrace of small government, low taxes, and a strong conservative stance on social issues at odds with shifting American demographics? Or did the GOP embrace the right platform, but the wrong candidates?

Thu, Apr 25, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 -- 2:00 AM The Computer History Museum Presents

SRI: Innovating the Future -- SRI International's pioneering contributions to computing are legendary, from the invention of the computer mouse and interactive computing in the 1960s, to the first internetworked and wireless connections in the 1970s. In 2010, SRI created the first-generation virtual personal assistant, and sold Siri to Apple. John Markoff of The New York Times will explore SRI, beginning with a conversation with William Mark, vice president of information and computing sciences. Mark and his researchers are working on next-generation textbooks that use artificial intelligence, and human-machine interfaces that anticipate your moves. SRI's President and CEO Curt Carlson will also join the conversation to offer a unique definition of innovation and discuss its importance in government policy, education, and U.S. competitiveness. How does SRI do it, while many powerhouse corporate research labs have disappeared?

Wed, Apr 24, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 -- 8:00 PM Computer History Museum Presents SRI: Innovating the Future

The non-profit Stanford Research Institute (SRI) International's pioneering contributions to computing are legendary, from the invention of the computer mouse and interactive computing in the 1960s, to the first internetworked and wireless connections in the 1970s. In 2010, SRI created the first-generation virtual personal assistant, and sold Siri to Apple. John Markoff of The New York Times will explore SRI, beginning with a conversation with William Mark, vice president of information and computing sciences. Mark and his researchers are working on next-generation textbooks that use artificial intelligence, and human-machine interfaces that anticipate your moves. SRI's President and CEO Curt Carlson will also join the conversation to offer a unique definition of innovation and discuss its importance in government policy, education, and U.S. competitiveness. How does SRI do it, while many powerhouse corporate research labs have disappeared?

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