Big Picture Science – Living Computers

by Gary Niederhoff on May 2, 2016

Big Picture Science – Living Computers

It’s the most dramatic technical development of recent times: Teams of people working for decades to produce a slow-motion revolution we call computing. As these devices become increasingly powerful, we recall that a pioneer from the nineteenth century – Ada Lovelace, a mathematician and Lord Byron’s daughter – said they would never surpass human ability. Was she right?

We consider the near-term future of computing as the Internet of Things is poised to link everything together, and biologists adopt the techniques of information science to program living cells.

Plus: What’s your favorite sci-fi computer?

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Walter Isaacson / The Innovators
Part 2: Christopher Voigt / Programming Living Cells
Part 3: Andre & Andy / Iconic A.I.
Part 4: John Barrett / Internet of Things

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