IBM’s Watson computer is using its technology to explore how it can help government agencies and hospitals. Watson appeared in front of a crowd at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts for Louisville’s IdeaFestival. Watson is best known for its success in the game show Jeopardy. IBM researcher David Shepler explained to a crowd […]
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and his staff are relocating their offices to the IdeaFestival next week to help promote the annual event and encourage innovative thinking. Founded in 2000, the three-day festival is setup to bring people from around the world to the city with diverse backgrounds, knowledge and perspectives on various cutting-edge ideas. The […]
Sure, they have a bad reputation for ruining picnics, but there’s more to ants than that. According to sociobiologist Bert Hölldobler, they have complex societies and behaviors, and they live by intricate rules of social order. Listen to the Show
A.J. Jacobs, author of The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment, takes the idiom “walk a mile in my shoes” to a whole other level. For The Year of Living Biblically, Jacobs strictly followed all the rules of the Old Testament including not wearing clothes of mixed fibers in an effort to understand the Bible. In The Know-It-All, Jacobs attempted to become smarter by reading the encyclopedia from A to Z. He would be the first to tell you it didn’t work. His latest book details other immersive experiences he’s undergone to get to know his subjects better. It’s an unusual approach to journalism and life that has led to telling and often comical insights into who we are and who we could be.
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Thomas Jefferson took great pride in his country, and great offense when French naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon said everything in the natural world of America, from the animals to the humans, was inferior to its European kin. Jefferson took matters into his own hands and had an American Moose carcass shipped to France with the intention of having it stuffed and mounted to prove to Buffon that our moose were superior to any animal in Europe. So what’s the real story here? Listen to the Show
Jonah Lehrer, author, journalist, scientist, chef – with a double major in neuroscience and English. So isn’t it interesting that his “aha” moment came when he was taking a break from a neuroscience experiment and decided to read a little Marcel Proust? Once Lehrer began reading “Swann’s Way” he realized Proust was talking about the very thing he was trying to prove in the lab – and the result of this discovery was his book “Proust was a Neuroscientist”. Listen to the Show
Come See State of Affairs at IdeaFestival! If you’re planning to be at the IdeaFestival on Thursday or Friday, stop by and visit with State of Affairs. We’ll be in the lobby just inside the main entrance, with Julie and our guests, broadcasting live. Come listen in and sit a spell on your lunch break […]