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At the National Academies summit exploring ways to use entertainment technologies to foster science education, Will Wright, the mind behind The Sims and Spore, gave a warp-speed talk laying out why game design has great potential in this arena.


When the IBM computer called "Watson" faces off against past Jeopardy champs on Monday, no one will be watching more intently than inventor Ray Kurzweil, a leading authority on the future of artificial intelligence.


If you play computer games, you would know Will Wright. He made The Sims, Sim City and most recently, Spore.

But if you're the type who would rather curl up on the couch and surf channels, then Wright probably means little to you. So far.

The developer, revered by millions of players but unknown outside of the geeky realm of games, has jumped into the world of television. Last year, Wright partnered with former Nickelodeon President Albie Hecht to create a scripted drama whose plot, characters, set and back story came from thousands of online contributors.

The result is "Bar Karma," a new series that starts Friday night on Current TV.


On Feb. 15, 1965, a diffident but self-possessed high school student named Raymond Kurzweil appeared as a guest on a game show called I've Got a Secret. He was introduced by the host, Steve Allen, then he played a short musical composition on a piano. The idea was that Kurzweil was hiding an unusual fact and the panelists — they included a comedian and a former Miss America — had to guess what it was.

On the show (see the clip on YouTube), the beauty queen did a good job of grilling Kurzweil, but the comedian got the win: the music was composed by a computer. Kurzweil got $200.

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Arianna Huffington’s a force to be reckoned with—she’s the co-founder and face of The Huffington Post—but her power status skyrocketed when AOL bought her company and services for $315 million earlier this month officially making her one of the most powerful women in media. She took a day away from the office to see her favorite designer, Nanette Lepore, show her AW11 collection and Huffington she spoke to ELLE about power dressing.


For 30 years Ray Kurzweil has been preaching the artificial intelligence gospel. As computers drive cars and play Jeopardy!, are we on track to reach his cybertopia?


Model building has fascinated teens for generations. But in the 21st century, tinkering with machines has reached a whole new level. This year thousands of American students – boys and girls -- will participate in the world’s premiere robotics competition. High school seniors and their mentors from across the country take part in the unusual sport – one that celebrates brains rather than brawn. Ambitious teams design and build robots from scratch. Those who advance to the finals compete before 40,000 screaming fans. What their drive for success could mean for sparking innovation in American education -- and defining a new cool.


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