here at the top of his game, and Wikipedia says —
Galaxy Song facts are accurate (as well as entertaining.)
I'm not sure my understanding of string theory or quantum loop gravity has deepened. Yet somehow I feel much lighter. This is massively entertaining.
How we go from single cells to people — set to Despacito by the ever-brilliant Tim Blais at A Capella Science.
OK, I could just fill up this entire section with A Capella Science. Here, the replicated, rhythmogenic Tim Blais recapitulates Billy Joel.
BTW, to make this video Tim performed all the time-reversal magic tricks and sang the song backwards in one take!!!
Comedian JL Cauvin nails it.
SNL perfects a canine brain interface but with shocking results.
Reviewers of Apple's latest, and greatest get their comeuppance when confronted by Chinese laborers (a fave from SNL.)
Amazon's newest Echo, specifically designed (by SNL) for the greatest generation.
The Brain of Pinky and the Brain takes a break from his fanatical quest for galactic domination by teaching a class in neuroanatomy — to song, no less.
West Side Story for the computer age — thanks, Sharron!
Featuring Charlie Kam, with an up-to-the-nanosecond version of Modern Major General from Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan.
Tech warning: 2.5 MB pdf.
Ideological warning to conservatives: possible future!
(May be disturbing to young Tories.)
Flanders and Swann were one of the best musical comedy teams ever, and this song is one of their best, here sung by humorist Rolf Harris.
And another of the Flanders and Swann masterpieces — here sung by the incomparable Michael Flanders himself.
Hauntingly beautiful and kinesthetically connected to the thermin work below. Also watch Robert Tiso perform
and Thomas Bloch on the Glass Harmonica playing Mozart.
A captivating rendition of Le Cygne played on the theremin by Clara Rockmore. (And, please excuse the following abrupt transition from the ethereal to the earth-bound!)
"Upgrade my system twice a day; I'm strictly plug n play; ain't afraid of Y2K. I'm down with Bill Gates; I call him 'Money' for short; I call him at home; make him do my tech support."
Weird Al Yankovic has long been a fave — speaking of which —
In 1967 in France (during my hippie period) Parisians asked me,
"Tu connais Bob Dylan?" Yeah, I channel Bob.
Yo, banana boy! (and other palindromes by Weird Al).
Are we not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era?
No, sir, away! A papaya war is on!
I've still got my MIT slide rule, but my pocket protectors are long gone.
Luddites rejoice! Technological civilization is going to hell!
How did I accumulate all this crap?
Techno-magician Marco Tempest presents The Virtual Magician .
And, for (very British) humor expert Richard Wiseman,
levitating corks is all in a day's work.
A clear explanation by one of the Monty Python crew.
She's kinda stiff compared with the human females,
but she can also invert thousand by thousand matrices.
Post-Singularity, Mr Zed portends the end of human stand-up comics.
Warcraft sequel lets you simulate being a nerd playing Warcraft.
Game's amazing level of detail makes players feel like they are actually in a cramped, dark apartment playing World of Warcraft!
An illustration from the always delightful collection at geekculture.com (Thanks, Snaggy!)
An audience member at one of my lectures pointed out, "And, she's reading Scientific American!"Yeah, she's got it all.
(Each of us is a brain in a vat floating inside a skull
connected to a bunch of peripherals via high speed cable.)
And, here as the ShelBot (using Willow Garage's TechAI telepresence.)
Here, the Wolowitz robotic space arm does a Chinese food pick and place.
And here, Howard Wolowitz (the multi-talented Simon Helberg) serenades his great love, Bernadette .
Want to understand positive reinforcement?
Satire pre-Weird Al? Yes, kids, back then there was Tom Lehrer.
Here, (actual Harvard Math Professor) Lehrer teaches us the secret of success in mathematics: plagiarize !
Tom's song is based on Danny Kaye's Stanislawsky . No video of that exists, but I did find this wonderful clip of Danny Kaye with Louis Armstrong .)
Another of Tom Lehrer's greatest hits: irreverent lyrics set to a catchy tune.
In 1950 British code breaker Alan Turing set the best known goal
of AI research — faking human discourse.
A computer passes the Turing Test if it can fool people into thinking it's human.
The Loebner Prize awards money every year to the best competitors.
But, best of all was ELBOT the former reigning champion — til dethroned by a female bot.
Bringing this up-to-date to 2019, Mitsuku is even smarter than Elbot — but perhaps not with Elbot's deadpan sense of humor.
Believe it or not, home computers may be possible by 2004.
They will even be easy to use, if the family learns Fortran.
Looking for a talented roboticist for your startup?
Don't hire Simone Giertz! She delightfully displays her handiwork here for Stephen Colbert.
The Economist suggests this as the theme song for the bloodless bureaucrats that run the European Union in Brussels. (Kraftwerk — the surreal transmogrification of Bach and Beethoven.)
That's reality for kids growing up these days.
A robot without a voice is like a soprano with laryngitis.
Ah, pure reason — with no humanoid emotion.
Insert endorsement for YouTube clip by
self-styled movie critic to show great wit.
In a dangerous lapse of judgment, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elaine of Seinfeld)
pawns her Emmy to Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.
Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) goes undercover as Matt, a radar technician, at Starkiller Base. He may be all-powerful, but his employees pick up on him right away.
Susan Boyle stunned Britain's Got Talent when she sang this song
from Les Miserables : an amazing rendition.
Even more surprising and delightful was child opera phenom, Jackie Evancho. She was age 9 when she sang Ave Maria on America's Got Talent .
And here in 2016, at age 16, Jackie wows the crowd again with Someday at Christmas. Look at the rapt expressions on Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell.
British child prodigy Alma Deutscher not only plays violin superbly (here at age 11) but has been composing and orchestrating entire sonatas and operas for years.
Here she reveals the secret that unlocks her creativity: "waving around a skipping rope." What?
OK, neuropsychologists. Good luck figuring this out. Alma needs to be included in every account that attributes creativity to mere practice. So does child math genius Terry Tao. Practice just polishes the biological diamond.
A beautiful rendition of this gypsy violin favorite — music I grew up with — to be savored while drinking tea from the family samovar.
To play this well, Hyun-Su must be one of those rare Korean Jews.
Commemorating the passing of the father/son Saxton horn dynasty (from my youth in band,) —thanks, Marsha S!
Tangentially, on some bygone trip to London was this signage in Hyde Park: "Kindly Refrain from Expectoration."
Another long time favorite, here played by Stefan Milenkovich.
MIT's Professor Noam Chomsky, the famous theorist of language, did say "Colorless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously" to show that syntax and semantics are separately processed.
The Chomskybot in turn repeatedly generates paragraphs that Chomsky might have written — perhaps after too much schnapps. (After you click on Chomskybot above, click "Next Paragraph.")
"Come on, lads. Let's do the treadmill." Sounds like The Beatles, but it's actually OK Go.U like OK Go? Try these!
I hope I'm not the only member of the self-styled, liberal elite that likes Country and Western music. This is one of George Strait's best (and a great West Coast Swing.)
And, other wonderful YouTubes from Glee:
Rumba is one of my favorite dances, and here's a wonderful example from Jason Mraz — a catchy tune and ethereal lyrics.
And here's a beautiful video of rumba . Warning: this is "PG-13."
Tim Minchin: a cynical, straight Elton John.
Pastafarians believe that God created cephalopods (and more!) in His own image.
Prayers not bringing you vast material wealth? You may just need a technological boost.
And here, the delightful Edward Current naughtily inquires, " what if God disappeared? "
Baba Brinkman is angry and blunt here on pseudoscience: homeopathy, parapsychology, et al. Warning: this violates my "PG-13" code, but it's sooo well done.
The music is Spoon's I turn my camera on.
So, what do you get when you combine a Terminator with a rubber ducky? a BeatBot — product of a very cool San Francisco robotics firm)
some low-key entertainment
Donald Trump is clearly the only one qualified to interview himself — and particularly not that lightweight, Jimmy Fallon. (But, I'm really praying for Sarah Palin to join The Donald's political team.)
Or, to get an even smarter version of The Donald,
you could insert an AI module.
Sarah Palin is one of my favorite politicians.
She unintentionally holds the comedic highground.
In 2015 we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Einstein's General Relativity. Here, physicist Brian Greene demos it to gadfly Stephen Colbert. (Hat tips to my lovely dance partner, Sharron, for this and the one below.)
Colbert asks the tough questions (at great peril) to the arch conservative Smaug, who reveals he will support Rand Paul in 2016 to put America back on the gold standard.
This was at the 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner hosted by Barack and Michelle.
The entire speech was a gem. (Don't miss the video with John Boehner.)
Guided by the uber-charismatic J. R. "Bob" Dobbs, the faithful of His Church strive for Divine Slack. Here, an unauthorized excerpt from His Book of Bob .
Who knew glycolysis could be so catchy?
Ok, many of my friends are computer geeks.
They do have some redeeming qualities —
like nifty collections of pocket protectors.
Did Taylor ripoff Jay in her song about being 22?
Who knew that Prof. Richard Flavell (Yale) — wizard of immunology — was also the next Paul McCartney?
Some of my friends are head freezers — they've signed up with Alcor to cryopreserve their heads, to be uploaded to a mainframe post-Singularity and maybe even downloaded to a new body. It's not without peril.
a quaint little ditty from the 80s
Cool promo combines history lesson with buzz on Motorola's Honeycomb
What you get if you put a dozen SSDs into a RAID array
All of mom's wisdom and admonitions in 3 minutes.
They've got the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
All we Jews have is I have a little dreidel.
It turns out it just needs a makeover — by the Maccabeats.
What's up with all those "Jewish" Nobel Prizes? ?
(My favorite non -explanation is that
the Swedish Nobel Committee just loves Jews.)
David Hyde Pierce shows it also extends to Broadway.
Three billion hits on YouTube! Go, Bruno!
An East Coast Swing, as seen on Dancing with the Stars
Here, the multi-talented Neil Patrick Harris opens the 2013 Tonys.
A spectacular dance by the world champions.
Just a very pretty song.
Three great tenors. Thanks, PBS!
a beautiful guitar solo. Another lovely song:
Heaven's Gift by Gypsy Enchantress.
Paul's still got it.
that brings an old product into the Third Millennium.
Will Ferrell on inventions of yesteryear that never materialized: designer babies, food in a pill, flying cars, sexbots etc.And here is Will accepting the Mark Twain Award .
Assumes an articulate author, appropriately adept
"You rrrooook mahvelous, my dahlings"
(and you know who you are!)
Sacha here — working the edge.
(BTW: his cousin, Simon, is a superstar neuropsychologist, who specializes in autism.)
Cross Colbert and Carl Sagan and you get Seth Shostak
SETI's most entertaining lecturer .
This student film by Seth shows his many talents.
Like the Bellagio Fountains in Vegas, only funnier.
and raps superfast as in Goat Fast .
An essential tool for would-be DJs and rap artists.
An incredible melding of physics and music from artist engineer Nigel Stanford .
Hummingbird feeder on your head, robobutt, robomusician, robo-cocktail mixer, etc.
And, more wacky science (color perception and electricity from fruit) from Vsauce .
My favorite Kaiser Permanente Ad.
The aria Deh vieni alla finestra .
Gustave Flaubert said that God's most sublime three creations were Hamlet, Don Giovanni , and the sea. Perhaps he was talking about this aria.
I first heard this piece live at a Christmas party in 2014.
For Valentina fans here are two more:
Here, with four phantoms.
very cool demo of quantum locking.
(Thanks, Bill Berry (see next photos!)
My buddies - Jonathan Root and Bill Berry - at work.
He's the best in the world (from someone who knows.)
Thank you to (great juggler) Bill Berry .
World champion, Timo Boll, versus KUKA robot. Wow!
In 2017 — incredible progress at Boston Dynamics since Google sold them to Softbank in Japan (much better than America at nurturing industrial robots.) Don't miss this!
I backpack every summer in Yosemite where Alex Honnold is Crown Prince of the Big Wall climbers. He climbs 3,000 foot rock faces with no rope and no gear.
Alex has been featured on CBS's 60 Minutes (above link), and in a NatGeo Special .
I was amazed by Fearless Felix's jump from the edge of space at 39,000 meters.
Realistic career advice from the Onion .