PART ONE: OUR COMPUTERS
Imagine a child in Uruguay, who lives in a village with
no electricity and no running water. Now imagine giving that young girl
her very own solar-powered laptop with a satellite link to the internet.
People used to tell Nicholas Negroponte his dream of a hundred-dollar
laptop would never work. Today, hundred dollar laptops are changing the
lives of children and adults in third world countries all over the planet.
Well meet Negroponte in this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge.
Well also meet some video game visionaries and get a glimpse of
our cyborg future.
We hear how some first grade children in Madison, Wisconsin,
are getting acquainted with their first computers, then hear Anne Strainchamps
speak with Nicholas Negroponte, founder and chairman of One Laptop
Per Child, a non-profit association. Negroponte is the co-founder of
the MIT Media Lab and is out to change the world by giving laptops to
kids in places too remote to have electricity.
We hear a mashup featuring the work of hiphop musician
DJ Spooky and musician Gregg Gillis, who goes by the stage
name "Girl Talk." Also, Lawrence Lessig is one of the
founders of Creative Commons and the author of "Remix: Making Art
and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy." He tells Steve Paulson
that our current copyright law is far too restrictive and stifles creativity.
Also, video game designer Jason Rohrer tells Anne Strainchamps
about his game "Passage," which is about mortality, not just
an adrenalin rush.
Sherry Turkle is the author of the classic "The
Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit" and she's the founder
and Director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. She talks
with Jim Fleming about the ways in which we are already developing relationships
with personal robotic devices from cellphones and iPods to toys like
the Furby and My Real Baby. Also, James Hughes is a sociologist,
an ordained Buddhist monk, and Executive Director of the World Transhumanist
Association. His book is "Citizen Cyborg." Hughes tells Steve
Paulson that he looks forward to the day when we figure out how to merge
our human flesh with our computer technology.
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