Nova: Season 38, Episode 12

Making Stuff: Smarter (12 Feb. 2011)

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Making stuff smarter isn't about artificial intelligence. It's more about engineering materials at the microscopic level to behave in specific ways. Today is it possible to create materials... See full summary »

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Kellar Autumn ...
Himself - Biologist, Lewis & Clark College
Tony Brennan ...
Himself - Biomaterials Engineer
Mark R. Cutkosky ...
Himself - Mechanical Engineer, Stanford University (as Mark Cutkosky)
Dan Inman ...
Himself - Materials Scientist, Virginia Tech
Chad Knowles ...
Himself - Iraq War Veteran
Robert Langer ...
Himself - Chemical Engineer, MIT (as Bob Langer)
Russ Monk ...
Himself - Dir. of Operations, H.I.T.
Tom Ohnstad ...
Himself - Dir. of Engineering, H.I.T.
John Pendry ...
Himself - Theoretical Physicist, Imperial College London
David Pogue ...
Himself - New York Times Tech Columnist
Shravanthi Reddy ...
Himself
David Smith ...
Himself - Electrical Engineer, Duke University
Lynn Yanyo ...
Herself - Polymer Engineer, Lord Corporation
Cristina Zenato ...
Herself - Shark Expert
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Making stuff smarter isn't about artificial intelligence. It's more about engineering materials at the microscopic level to behave in specific ways. Today is it possible to create materials with clever designs or micro structures that permit control of a material's ability to self-heal, stick and release, self-clean, prevent disease, alter their shape and other properties. This program explains where several of these materials came from, how they work and how they are put to practical use. Written by David Foss

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