How does new knowledge come into existence? Why do some ideas in science, technology, and culture spread and get adopted quickly, while others languish or fade away? Can data help us paint a fuller picture of innovation and progress? Are computers our allies or potential rivals?
The Padverb Podcast with KMO explores the interplay between technology, innovation, communication, and cognition, and examines the role knowledge networks and data-driven technologies play in helping progress along.
Our guests are interdisciplinary thinkers and innovators who have harnessed the creative power of combinatorial thinking. Some call them "dot connectors," others – "new knowledge synthesizers." We like to think of them as philosophers of the networked age.
Ben Blatt is a former staff writer for Slate and the Harvard Lampoon. Ben is a numbers guy who has taken his fun approach to data journalism to topics such as Seinfeld, map-making, the Beatles, and Jeopardy. This conversation centers around Ben's book "Nabokov's Favorite Word is Mauve" (2017). It's a book about what we
George Zarkadakis is the author of both fiction and non-fiction books, who describes himself as a science communicator, an artificial intelligence engineer, a futurist, and a digital innovation professional. His most recent book is called "Cyber Republic: Reinventing Democracy in the Age of Intelligent Machines" (MIT P
Francis Nimmo is a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research specialty is understanding the structure and evolution of rocky and icy planets. KMO and Francis discuss: 02:30 – The importance of the James Webb and other telescopes 03:40 – NASA pr
Lauren Aguirre is an award-winning science journalist who has produced documentaries, short-form video series, podcasts, interactive games and blogs for the PBS series "Nova." She has covered everything from asteroids to human origins to art restoration, but is particularly fascinated by the brain. "The Memory Thief" i
Carla Diana is a designer, author, and educator who explores the impact of future technologies through hands-on experiments in product design and tangible interaction. Her latest book, "My Robot Gets Me: How Social Design Can Make New Products More Human," published by Harvard Business Review Press, came out in March 2
Michael J. Spivey is a professor of cognitive science at the University of California Merced. He earned his BA in Psychology at the University of California Santa Cruz and his PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. After 12 years as a psychology professor at Cornell University, Michael move