Humanities and Technological Innovation

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There is a growing consensus in some academic and business circles that technological innovation increases when engineers have training in the humanities, or when they interact with humanities scholars. Hundreds of engineers, businessmen and women, and humanities devotees are gathering at Stanford this week to discuss the hypothesis. We discuss why humanities scholars and techies may need each other.

Guests:

Damon Horowitz, in-house philosopher and director of engineering for Google

Vivek Ranadivé, chairman and CEO of TIBCO

Anaïs Saint-Jude, conference organizer and a Ph.d candidate in French

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