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Transcendent Man: The Life and Ideas of Ray Kurzweil

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Transcendent Man explores the theories of inventor, futurist, and best selling author Ray Kurzweil (The Singularity Is Near), who predicts that in the not-so-distant future, the science fiction behind The Terminator; Blade Runner; Total Recall; The Matrix; and I Robot will become science fact. The film follows Kurzweil as he journeys the world sharing his mind-bending vision of a future in which we merge with our computers.
DVD
2011
Clemons (Stacks)
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Scientific American Frontiers: Robots Alive!

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Robots that talk, walk, and think for themselves are the featured subjects. This episode also includes a test ride in a van that drives itself and competitions with robot contestants. Host Alan Alda meets with the inventors of these robots to find out more about their works in progress and what we might expect to see in the near future.
VHS
1997
Ivy (By Request)
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Natural Born Robots

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Explores the latest innovations in robotic science and shows how designs are inspired by living things.
VHS
1999
Ivy (By Request)
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The Frontiers Decade

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VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Games Machines Play [electronic resource]

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Skilled science students put their ingenious creations to the test while competing for the top prize in the RoboCup 2001.
Online
2005; 2002
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Natural Born Robots [electronic resource]

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Explores the latest innovations in robotic science and shows how designs are inspired by living things.
Online
2005; 2000
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Robots Alive! [electronic resource]

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Robots that talk, walk, and think for themselves are the featured subjects. This episode also includes a test ride in a van that drives itself and competitions with robot contestants. Host Alan Alda meets with the inventors of these robots to find out more about their works in progress and what we might expect to see in the near future.
Online
2005; 2000
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Frontiers Decade [electronic resource]

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Join Alan Alda as he looks back over ten years of science as seen on Scientific American frontier.
Online
2005; 2000
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The Intimate Machine [electronic resource]

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Explores research aimed at making computers, or machines controlled by computers, as sensitive, gentle and caring as a human companion - or at least a devoted family pet.
Online
2005; 2002
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Advances in Industrial Robotics [electronic resource]

Robotics has become a formidable force in the workplace. Some of your students may already use robots on the job or work with someone who does. This video takes a look at the changes that have occurred since robotics was first introduced. Students are given a refresher of the basics: terminology, concepts, system components, classification of robots. But then, new applications and work tasks are overviewed. They see how far robotics has advanced industry-wide. Students also discover where robots are commonly used and some anticipated future applications in business and industry. Offer your students critical information on robotics as it plays a more important role in commercial and industrial settings around the world.
Online
2005; 1998
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Robots [electronic resource]: An Important Place in World Industry

Learn what a robot is and how it compares to human workers. View robots at work performing a variety of jobs; examine the benefits and liabilities of robots and the need for worker safety.
Online
1900; 1992
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Body Building [electronic resource]

Will replacing a body part be as easy as replacing a light bulb some day? In Body Building, a part of the PBS Scientific American Frontiers series, host Alan Alda journeys behind the scenes with MIT's Robert Langer for a remarkable window into the current scientific advances in repair and replacement of damaged human body parts. The program follows scientists and researchers as they experiment with the growth of liver, heart, and eye tissue and reveal the innovative "liver chip," a first step in modeling key functions of the body on the lab bench. In Alda's own words, this program is a rare look at "the new marriage of biology and engineering."
Online
2002
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Health Care Applications [electronic resource]: Electronics in Medical Imaging

Nothing can replace the skills of good doctors and nurses, but without digital technology and advanced electronic systems, the field of medicine would soon collapse. X-Rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, and MRI and PET imaging all use electronics to map different aspects of the human body and convert the information into a visual format. This program visits one of the world's leading research centers in medical imaging and explores the ins and outs of electronic health care technology, including the signals used, both digital and analog; how those signals are received, amplified, and transferred to a computer; how the information is converted to produce various images; and how other electronic applications are used in health care.
Online
2008
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Communications [electronic resource]: Wireless and Fiber Optics

From spoken-word conversations to real-time video, a dazzling array of communication options are now available at the touch (or click) of a button. This video explores the concepts and technologies at the heart of fiber-optic communication. Demonstrations and discussions focus on basic principles of telephone systems and state-of-the-art optical technology; distances that light can travel through glass fiber as shown on a massive drum of cable; how the capacity of fiber optic cable is continually growing; the emerging role of phototonic switches; the use of radio wave links and 3G technology in automotive communication systems; bus and module communication systems; GPS updates, and the monitoring of wear and tear as well as maintenance requirements in automotive technology.
Online
2008
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Industry Applications [electronic resource]: Two Electronics Case Studies

From the minutia of warehouse inventories to the training programs of the aeronautics industry, this program focuses on commercial applications for high-tech electronic systems. Two in-depth case studies are used. The first showcases a HUD or "head-up" display developed by British Aerospace Engineering, used in state-of-the-art flight instruction of civilian aircraft pilots. The second case study examines a stock control system that is revolutionizing manufacturing. Outlining how stock control has traditionally worked, the segment explores electronic automatic replenishment, load cells and the design of load sensors, multiplexing data and the factors that need to be monitored, and keeping track of stock through the computer interface.
Online
2008
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Transport [electronic resource]: The Electronic Future

Imagine driving in complete darkness without worry-thanks to a virtual picture of the road projected on the windshield. It's an existing technology, not science fiction! With unprecedented access to top-flight engineering projects that are integral to the design of Jaguar cars, this program shows how electronics are taking the art and science of driving into the future. Viewers learn how digital control systems, CAD, and CAM, are used throughout a car's design, testing, and manufacture. An illustration of the design method known as concurrent engineering shows how this technique has drastically cut down time between design and production. A range of test procedures are shown, some carried out by simulations, others by building mock-ups that reveal how parts of the car interact with e [...]
Online
2008
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Environmental Applications [electronic resource]: Electronics and Climate Studies

Although the encroachment of technology into the natural world is always a legitimate concern, it is also worth examining the many ways in which electronic systems help improve environmental research as well as weather and climate monitoring. This program features two case studies that illustrate the helpful roles electronics can play in life science and meteorology. An in-depth look at the Eden Project in Cornwall, England, focuses on the control measures needed to maintain the correct atmospheric conditions within a complex of giant greenhouses. The second case study looks at how electronic controls can be used in flood warning systems and how measures can be taken to control floodwaters and hence protect the environment from flood damage.
Online
2008
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Printed Circuit Boards [electronic resource]: Uses, Design, and Manufacture

As technology progresses, printed circuit boards or PCBs are becoming ever more central to daily life. As such, an understanding of basic circuitry and how to apply it to PCB assembly is vital to almost any engineer or technical designer. This program highlights the importance of PCBs and follows their industrial manufacture from design brief to completion. It illustrates the benefits of new technologies such as prism component placing machines, minute quality control cameras, automated connection checkers, and CAD/CAM packages. The video will aid in developing a working knowledge of basic IT packages and an awareness of more complex ones. It will also help students consider chemistry issues which play an important part in the board manufacture process.
Online
2008
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Innovation and Emerging Technologies [electronic resource]

Technological breakthroughs have taken place since the dawn of human awareness, but 21st-century innovation occurs at an unprecedented, seemingly rapid-fire, pace. This program showcases examples of innovation that are visible in industry today and their implications for the future. Beginning with an exploration of the basic concept of innovation, the video presents several concise case studies. These include the evolution of home video, from Betamax to VHS to Blu-ray, and the introduction of the Aurora 101, a solar-powered race car that is still in the developing stages. Nine widely recognized steps in the innovation process are explained in detail.
Online
2009
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Neuromarketing [electronic resource]: Consumers Under the Influence

Questionnaires and focus groups have long formed the bedrock of marketing studies, but a new, high-tech approach may soon make them obsolete. This program looks at the revolutionary science of neuromarketing, which avoids the gray areas of consumer uncertainty and instead targets the gray matter in which an individual's real and measurable decisions occur. Shot in an absorbing style that attends to both psychology and business issues, the film shows how neuroscience technologies can determine how the brain reacts to a specific product. The program also features commentary from several experts - Dr. Gemma Calvert, an Oxford-trained psychologist specializing in the commercial application of brain imaging methods; Dr. A. K. Pradeep, CEO of NeuroFocus; Olivier Oullier, associate professo [...]
Online
2009