Thursday, December 22, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
In this month's Future Talk, host Martin Wasserman discusses robotics with Chuck Colby, who has worked for more than 50 years as an inventor, and whose work now deals mostly with robots. Chuck has scored numerous technological firsts in his career, including the first home satellite receiver station, the first low cost telephone answering machine and the first low cost TV camera. He created what's believed to be the world's first commercial pocket transistor radio at the age of twelve. Chuck demonstrates several of his robots on the show, including the T-Bot, which allows the user to be in virtually two places at the same time.
We also have videos of two very different kinds of robots. Honda's humanoid Asimo robot is shown pushing a cart, unscrewing a lid from a bottle, pouring a drink, and handing it to a human. The MULE, a driverless military vehicle developed by the U.S. Army, is shown climbing over walls, carrying large quantities of equipment, following the troops wherever they go and figuring out the best route to get there.
Click here to see the TV schedule for Future Talk. Future Talk is one of several dozen local TV series produced at the Midpeninsula Community Media Center, a nonprofit agency that provides a TV studio and video production equipment to the public.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
To learn more about Stime's work visit African Cradle, Inc. -- providing adoption service for African orphans. To learn more about Laugharn's work visit Firelight Foundation.
This World AIDS Day special program will be followed by Seeds of Hope: Meeting the Challenges of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia at 7:30 pm. This five film series was produced and directed by Dorothy Fadiman and explores recent efforts in Ethiopia to battle the stigma and break the silence surrounding HIV/AIDS and find innovative solutions to prevention and education. Dorothy Fadiman has been making documentary films around social justice for 40 years through her Menlo Park-based production company, Concentric Media.
This 3-hour block of programming pre-empts regular programming on Channel 28 and provides an evening of reflection and acknowledgement that although HIV/AIDS is still very much a deadly epidemic, transforming work is being done abroad by people in our own communities -- whether they be non-profit leaders like Stime and Laugharn or investigative filmmakers like Fadiman.
Click here for additional playback times for The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Children in Africa.
Click here for additional playback times for Seeds of Hope: Meeting the Challenges of HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia.