Prisoners of Gravity

Season 5 Episode 24

The Brain & Artificial Intelligence

Aired Monday 7:30 PM Apr 20, 1994 on TVO

Episode Recap

This week, Commander Rick thinks about thinking, and examines how the human brain works, and then looks into computer intelligence, and discusses this with guests: Timothy Leary, and artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky who appears via his electronic book The Society Of Mind. Commander Rick also speaks with Science Fiction authors Greg Bear (Queen Of Angels), Vernor Vinge (A Fire Upon The Deep), Frederik Pohl (Jem), Harry Harrison (co-author (with Marvin Minsky The Turing Option), Jack Williamson ("The Metal Man"), Jerry Oltion (Isaac Asimov's Robot City, #6 Humanity), John Brunner (A Maze Of Stars), Amy Thomson (Virtual Girl), Roger Zelazny ("Home Is The Hangman") and Robert J. Sawyer (Golden Fleece). Also, Commander Rick speaks with non-fiction authors Howard Rheingold (The Virtual Community) and Donald A. Norman (Things That Make Us Smart).