Season 7, Episode 1 Inventing the Future
First Aired: October 23, 1996
In this study of recent innovations, Alan Alda visits MIT's Media Lab, exploring computers that respond to the human voice, gestures and moods. Practical applications are demonstrated, including a simulated “smart” car that responds to a driver's alertness; and music created by one's physical movements.
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- Rating: TV-G
- Premise: Science, technology and nature are examined with insight, humor and an eye on the practical, with smartly paced reports on such subjects as the big-bang theory, robots, the relationship between stress and illness, and whether we are alone in the universe.… (more)