Show 50 – First broadcast 15th May 2009
We’ve made it to programme 50!
We really did get to programme 50! yeah! When we first started the show I set mysefl a target of trying to get to programme 50 and we are here and still going from strength to strenght with interviews with first rate scientists and some quirky news. It is too early in the morning for me to pop the champagne corks – but this evening ……
Featured Interview: Futurology
Our first feature interview is with Dr Ian Pearson – a man who tracks and predicts new developments throughout information technology, considering both technological and social implications. We find out what futurologists are, what they do and how they go about it.
Among the topics we probe are the future of thought control – this is not sci-fi or supernatural. We are talking about using the electrical activity of the brain to control machinery – there are already games from the likes of Emotiv that do this already. And we talk about Ian’s latest project on the future of TV broadcasting with all that is available on the internet.
Ian graduated in Maths and Physics and has an honourary Doctor of Science Degree. from Westminster University. After 10 years of working in most engineering disciplines, he moved on to work as British Telcoms futurologist. A job he held for 17 years.
He now works for Futurizon – a small futures institute.
Featured Interview: Ringing out the birds
Exactly 100 years ago last Friday (Maty 8), University student Arthur Landsborough Thomson and some friends at the University of Aberdeen became the first in Britain to put individually numbered rings, with a return address, on birds’ legs in order to study them. It turned out that ringing has been one of the most important research techniques in ornithology for all that time.
The University of Aberdeen is celebrating the anniversary with a display and we have Dr. Alan Knox, Head of the University’s Historic Collections, tells us all about what we have learning. The biggest surprise for me was the speed of bird evolution and the use of birds as indicators of climactic conditions.
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