How Did We Get to Where We Are Now with Online Privacy?

Real life privacy is an easy thing to understand. Don't peek into my windows! Don't put up surveillance cameras on every corner! Don't tap my phone calls! But what about online privacy? What should the government (ahem, NSA) be able to know about us? How much data should companies give them? And just how the heck did… » 7/25/13 10:00pm 7/25/13 10:00pm

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence Is Absolutely Fascinating

We poke fun at Siri and pretend to get scared by Humanoid robots and make our neck hair stand up straight by watching quadrocopters do amazing things but the truth is, artificial intelligence is still pretty dumb. But that's going to change! The rise of artificial intelligence is happening and they're learning a lot… » 7/11/13 11:20pm 7/11/13 11:20pm

How Great Data Graphics Tap Into Your Caveman Brain

Your brain isn't designed to digest a big matrix of numbers and then just burp out knowledge. It is designed to spot and recognize patterns, and it's been trained to do that over thousands of years. A good data visualization communicates ideas instantly, but designing one can be a complex task—it's more than just… » 5/09/13 4:40pm 5/09/13 4:40pm

Is Twitter Ruining Journalism or Making It Better?

It's undeniable that Twitter has changed—and is still changing—the face of journalism. It makes some things simpler and some things more complicated. But how is it affecting journalism on the whole? This PBS Off-Book segment gives that some thought and uncovers one deep, universal truth: Twitter is neato. [PBS Off… » 11/17/12 9:00am 11/17/12 9:00am