Welcome back to your Brave New World! Episode 2: Code Red of Stephen Hawking's Brave New World, the groundbreaking TV series on Discovery World, is all about cutting-edge technologies that reduce damage and loss in emergency situations. Law enforcement, security, fire and armed forces personnel are in constant danger -- and the advanced technologies we profile in this episode share the common goal of making the world a safer place.
Professor Chris Eliasmith kicks off the episode with a look at the inner workings of Lockheed Martin's K-Max, the world's first pilotless helicopter. Most helicopter accidents are caused by human error, and so having a totally computerized system will result in fewer fatalities.
Professor Jim Al-Khalili tries out the world's first precision guided firearm. Can you imagine utilizing a rifle that always hits its target? Jim shows us that it's not quite as easy as it looks.
Speaking of things looking easier than they appear, I (Dr. Carin Bondar) visit a stakeout in San Diego where I attempt to grab a mug shot of a crime suspect using a pair of 3D facial recognition binoculars. The binoculars can identify suspects in real time using a connected computer database -- and the 3D facial recognition software allows for a new level of accuracy in identification. I was not successful in my first attempt at nabbing a suspect, but I managed to pull it off during a second try.
Lastly, Dr. Aarathi Prasad looks at the ability of physicians to directly inject oxygen into a patient's bloodstream. Often time is of the essence if a patient has stopped breathing, so this kind of invention has the potential to save many lives.
I hope you join us this week to learn more about these amazing state-of-the-art technologies that are well on their way to making the world a safer place to live in!
I'll be back next week to discuss Episode 3: Virtual World.
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People who boast about their IQ are losers.
My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.
I don't think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I'm an optimist. We will reach out to the stars.
I think computer viruses should count as life ... I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
We are so insignificant that I can't believe the whole universe exists for our benefit. That would be like saying that you would disappear if I closed my eyes.
We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.
What I have done is to show that it is possible for the way the universe began to be determined by the laws of science. In that case, it would not be necessary to appeal to God to decide how the universe began. This doesn't prove that there is no God, only that God is not necessary.
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