Melanie Mitchell and Complexity, a guided tour

2011-10-21 by

Melanie Mitchell is professor of Computer Science at Portland State University and external professor and member of the Science Board at the Santa Fe Institute. She is the author or editor of five books and over 70 scholarly papers in the fields of artificial intelligence, cognitive science and complex systems.

Her most recent book, “Complexity: A Guided Tour” is the winner of the 2010 Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Award, and was named by as one of the 10 best science books of 2009.

This podcast was recorded Oct. 20, 2011.

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Dr. Alex Hills and the 'Dawn of Wi-Fi'

2011-10-21 by

Wi-Fi pioneer Dr. Alex Hills takes us back to when the Internet was first gaining popularity, email took 10 minutes to load up and cell phones were big and unwieldy. But he had a vision: People carrying small hand-held devices that were always connected. His unwavering purpose was to change the way we use the Internet.

Dr. Hills tells a story of how innovation happens, weaving together personal adventures with lucid descriptions of physical phenomena, to show just how far we’ve come in the world of wireless connectivity.

This talk was sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and Learning, recorded on Oct. 12, 2011

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