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#1 Bruce Klein

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Posted 11 August 2006 - 11:44 PM


I've just moved to San Francisco where I'm debating not signing up for cable. It seems the quantity and quality of good technical video presentations found on the web are starting to outweigh what can be learned via cable. If I do decide not to sign up for cable, I think I'll miss all the Biography, History and Science shows, but replacing them with more technically rich online video presentations seems the more valuable use of time.

I'm currently watching:

--MIT's online video index:
http://mitworld.mit....video_index.php

--Google TechTalks:
http://video.google....3Agoogle engEDU

What other technical video sources do you guys suggest?

#2 Live Forever

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Posted 12 August 2006 - 03:35 PM

Good stuff, Bruce. Thanks for the links.

Also, don't forget, if you decide to give up cable, a lot of the science shows from cable can be found on torrent sites a few days after they air. (especially the more popular ones, like Mythbusters and stuff)

#3 Athanasios

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Posted 12 August 2006 - 04:04 PM

Every once in a while I will hit up one of these documentaries

http://www.jonhs.net/freemovies/

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#4 caston

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Posted 12 August 2006 - 04:41 PM

I dated (and practically lived with) a girl that had Foxtel for 7 months. The whole time I struggled to get anything informative out of the channels her dad had subscribed to.
It was all just crud. I hate the way mainstream media is always stripped of any useful and high level technical information.

#5 Lazarus Long

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Posted 12 August 2006 - 05:06 PM

Bruce I would not have cable at all if I didn't need it for broadband and the package is cheaper if I take the TV with it than having the cable phone and broadband separately.

"Five hundred channels and nothing's on".

If you have WiFi or broadband options that are available where you live without it I would jump on it. What's on television these days is dreck. Any news, tech discussions, or important TV content (documentaries, live news feeds, in depth analysis etc.) can be gotten over the web faster and on demand 24/7.

#6 Bruce Klein

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Posted 12 August 2006 - 08:05 PM

Yeh... Laz, back in DC I had a combined cable/internet plan which was around $110/mth. Currently, here in SF, I'm using a freely available wireless connection which is 54Mbps... not as fast as cable, but not that bad either.

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 04:27 AM

Yeh... Laz, back in DC I had a combined cable/internet plan which was around $110/mth.  Currently, here in SF, I'm using a freely available wireless connection which is 54Mbps... not as fast as cable, but not that bad either.


54Mbps!!! Damn that's fast.

#8 Bruce Klein

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 10:19 PM

Ah.. sorry not 54 Mbps (I was looking at the wrong item) but fast enough to download a 100Meg video file in about 12 minutes.

BTW, here's a worthwhile movie on AI called "Building Gods"
http://video.google....797626827646234

#9 Bruce Klein

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 05:04 PM

Also, here's a nicely maintained list of some of Aubrey's interviews and video presentations:
http://www.mprize.co...name=multimedia

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#10 Bruce Klein

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 05:35 PM

Here is an AI documentary called "From Myth to Reality"
http://www.a-i.com/s...&level=2&root=1

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 09:20 PM

I've learned quite a bit of new material on AI via watching the Almaden videos:

http://www.almaden.i...te/agenda.shtml

Hawkins, Markram & Hecht-Nielsen give excellent talks in that they are all working on practical approaches to AI yet are focused on three different ways of going about it.

By the way, this has also posted to LiveForever's thread: "Best Educational Videos on the Internet"
http://www.imminst.o...=ST&f=1&t=12078 where he's pointing out specific better than average videos.

#12 Bruce Klein

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Posted 25 August 2006 - 08:20 AM

Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees investigates. Are we alone? Why are we here? Are we real?

http://video.google......ll Don't Know

#13 Bruce Klein

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Posted 26 August 2006 - 02:03 AM

Inspirational video... only 1 minute (the last part is best):
http://video.google....269671806009973

#14 Bruce Klein

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Posted 31 August 2006 - 06:57 PM

Posted by cnorwood19:

"We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further."

"The Root of All Evil?" is a television documentary, written and presented by Richard Dawkins, in which he argues that the world would be better off without religion.

Part 1 : The God Delusion
http://video.google......l Evil?&hl=en

Part 2 : The Virus of Faith
http://video.google......l Evil?&hl=en

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 10:44 PM

Some good online courses...

Berkely Web and Podcasts

Examples...

MCB 102 Survey of the Principles of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Mon Wed Fri 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
MCB 110 General Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Mon Wed Fri 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

#16 Bruce Klein

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 11:30 PM

Thanks, maestro949.

Here's my wife's (Susan Fonseca-Klein) mock trial on AI personhood:
http://video.google....47420844#18m40s

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Posted 09 September 2006 - 03:55 PM

Just mindblowing what goes on within us. Beautiful...

hybrid medical animation

I posted this one elsewhere but this thread is probably more appropriate for this gem:

Harvard Biovisions

#18 Bruce Klein

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Posted 10 September 2006 - 10:46 PM

Here's a short video (less than 1 min) of BrainGate:
http://video.google....589191273996201

#19 Bruce Klein

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 08:09 AM

National Geographic's doc. on cryonics. Includes first video of complete cryonics procedure at Alcor. Well done and postitive for cryonics in general:

http://video.google....0436&q=cryonics

#20 Bruce Klein

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 09:50 AM

4 mins of Ray Kurzweil, etc. on Daily Show .. "Future Shock" :)



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Posted 29 September 2006 - 10:08 AM

4 mins of Ray Kurzweil, etc. on Daily Show .. "Future Shock" :)

It's the etc. that ... [lol]

#22 Bruce Klein

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 01:59 PM

Even more of a reason to never leave your computer...

With more than 100 classes on everything from Physics to CS, Berkley is uploading courses to Google video: http://video.google....ucberkeley.html

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Posted 29 September 2006 - 10:17 PM

I'm looking at that right now;
Some of the courses I'm partaking at MIT have .mp3 downloads, so I listen to my iPod. I often wish I could see the teacher, though.

I've yet to actually watch a full class, but this seems to be absolutely valuable

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 05:48 AM

I don't have cable, I watch about 4-5 hours of TV in one year. Thus, I read read books and find the Internet to be a far powerful tool for information and educational videos. Overall, I would uphold your suggesten in disconnecting cable, since it a waist of time and money, but rather rely for videos and information on the Internet. :)

Edited by ameldedic2, 16 October 2006 - 08:49 AM.


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Posted 06 October 2006 - 10:07 PM

I like the "NASA TV" channel on Viidoo:
http://www.viidoo.com/en/index.php

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 10:48 PM

My TV time has steadily gone down to the point that there is only 1 show I regularly watch now, "The Daily Show." Now it's just reading the stream of daily scientific news, reading books purchased off amazon and watching scientific videos on Google videos and YouTube. I've learned more in the last year than I did in my 4 years of undergrad!

I'm all over the place though I'm currently mining the web for molecular dynamics videos. Working through these these atm. Sadly they are in that horrible viruslike RealPlayer grrr.

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Posted 13 October 2006 - 07:11 AM

5:36 MIN: "AI Will Destroy Us All"


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Posted 20 December 2006 - 03:42 AM

The Research Channel - Presents video programs from the world's
leading research institutions.

http://www.streamick...researchchannel

Nice page to watch.

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 09:29 AM

Good one, Jonano. I have been looking for a BBC news stream that I didn't have to subscribe to.

Check this link for interesting science presentations at NIH: http://videocast.nih.gov/default.asp

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 01:19 PM

Not too sure if this has been posted here before, but after watching one of the (all free) episodes, i'm looking forward to watching the rest. I think there are about ten episodes at about 1Hr 30min each. Link to the website:

http://beyondbelief2006.org/ Click on 'watch' to get to the video section. Alternatively the videos can be found by searching google video for 'Beyond Belief' ( http://video.google....q=beyond belief ).

Excerpt from the 'About' section of the Beyond Belief website:

"Just 40 years after a famous TIME magazine cover asked "Is God Dead?" the answer appears to be a resounding "No!" According to a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life in a recent issue of Foreign Policy magazine, "God is Winning". Religions are increasingly a geopolitical force to be reckoned with. Fundamentalist movements - some violent in the extreme - are growing. Science and religion are at odds in the classrooms and courtrooms. And a return to religious values is widely touted as an antidote to the alleged decline in public morality. After two centuries, could this be twilight for the Enlightenment project and the beginning of a new age of unreason? Will faith and dogma trump rational inquiry, or will it be possible to reconcile religious and scientific worldviews? Can evolutionary biology, anthropology and neuroscience help us to better understand how we construct beliefs, and experience empathy, fear and awe? Can science help us create a new rational narrative as poetic and powerful as those that have traditionally sustained societies? Can we treat religion as a natural phenomenon? Can we be good without God? And if not God, then what?

This is a critical moment in the human situation, and The Science Network in association with the Crick-Jacobs Center brought together an extraordinary group of scientists and philosophers to explore answers to these questions. The conversation took place at the Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA from November 5-7, 2006."




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