Back in 2010, while Editor at California Lawyer magazine, Marty Lasden created Legally Speaking — a series that brought us in-depth conversations with some of the most interesting lawyers in the world. Among them: Innocence Project founder Barry Scheck, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, and US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Now Lasden is launching a new series for UCTV called Up Next: Perspectives on the Future of Everything. Over the coming months both he and his co-producer, lawyer/author Eric Berkowitz, will be considering “everything” from genetic engineering to Judaism to the future of work.
“The future is a really weird, and sometimes very scary place,” Lasden acknowledges. “And for so many of the topics that we’ll be discussing, the more you read, the more difficult it often is to distinguish the prophets from the crackpots.”
Consider artificial intelligence (AI), which is the subject of this month’s Up Next interview with Jeffrey Hawkins. Back in the 1990s, at a time when carrying a computer around in your pocket seemed like an entirely wacky idea, Hawkins invented the Palm Pilot, which in no small way ushered in a whole new era of mobile computing. These days, though, Hawkins is on a far more ambitious and, no doubt, audacious mission. His goal: to build a machine that can think and reason on its own by mimicking the working principles of the human brain. Of course, as wild ideas go, that one may not sound nearly as weird as it did say five years ago when a computer named Watson had yet to beat the humans on a game show called Jeopardy. But the speculation about AI hardly ends there. For example, at Google, famed futurist Ray Kurzweil believes that within a few decades the technology will be good enough to allow us to download our own minds into a machine, and by so doing achieve a kind of immortality.
Crazy talk? Perhaps. But, then again, maybe not. Tune in to Up Next to find out.
The sometimes irascible and often brilliant Barney Frank has been much in the news of late, with his new book, “Frank,” and his longstanding vocal support for LGBT rights.
But do you know what he thinks of “House of Cards?”
The retired Congressman from Massachusetts is featured in two programs on UCTV this month, first in a rousing public lecture calling on the US to reduce military spending and second, in a thoughtful interview about Wall Street, gay marriage and Federal Reserve. But the real news here for political junkies is his takedown of Frank Underwood’s Washington. Check out this clip:
Barney Frank on Frank Underwood
Watch more of Barney Frank in these two programs from The Public Policy Channel:
Reducing the Military Budget: Necessary To Improve Our Quality of Life with Congressman Barney Frank
Frank Talk: Gay Rights, Wall Street and the Federal Reserve with Barney Frank and Alex Gelber – In the Living Room with Henry E. Brady
Our friend Dean Nelson celebrates the 20th year of Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, the wildly popular interview series that brings renowned authors from around the world to the beautiful campus of Point Loma Nazarene University for conversations about their prose and, in typical Dean fashion, lots of humor about the pain and suffering that lead to completed manuscripts.
Dean opens the 2015 series with Lysley Tenorio, author of “Monstress,” and then turns the interviewer chair over to his colleague, Karl Martin, for a talk with PLNU alum and screenwriter/film director Destin Daniel Cretton. Dean returns the final night for a feisty and revealing exchange with the literary luminary Joyce Carol Oates.
It’s been such great fun to bring this series to our viewers all these years and we know you’re watching, because the Writer’s Symposium by the Sea programs have been accessed more than 2.5 million times on our website. Happy Anniversary, Writer’s, and here’s to the next 20!
Contributed by Public Affairs Producer, Shannon Bradley
Want to hear directly from successful people? Sit in with the students in the Technology Management Program at UCSB.
Imagine that you are a student at UC Santa Barbara and you are looking beyond your education to your career. You may excel in your course work but you know that being part of the innovation economy requires more than good grades and impressive academic achievements – it means a solid foundation in business principles.
This is the chance for you to sit in with the students in the Technology Management Program at UCSB and learn directly from those who have excelled through innovation and dedication to their work. It’s a rare opportunity to witness fascinating leaders engage with the next generation of entrepreneurs.
New programs include:
Kevin O’Connor, Founder Of Two Billion Dollar Companies & Working On Number Three
Waguih Ishak, Fortune 500 Intrapreneur On Nurturing A Culture Of Innovation
Jim Zarley, CEO & Chairman, Valueclick Inc. From Startup To Billion Dollar Exit
Bob Wood, Public Service CEO & Lifelong Mentor
Steve Zahm, The Art Of The Startup Pivot
More new programs to come! Browse the Technology Management Program archive to learn more and see what’s coming in the weeks ahead.
Still gripped by Oscar fever?
Then go behind-the-scenes of this year’s Oscar winners at the UCSB Pollock Theater. Presented by the Carsey-Wolf Center, Script to Screen examines the process of translating a film’s script to the big screen from the perspective of the writers, directors, producers, and actors.
Don’t miss these insightful interviews with the people behind this year’s Oscar-winning films:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
On creating the hotel: “It really started with maps. Rather than getting bogged down into making a fancy model or even really fancy sketches, which take a big time commitment to do, it was really sort of schematically laying it out…How do we lay that all out and get the action to flow?”
Go behind-the-scenes with production designer Adam Stockhausen and producer Jeremy Dawson who worked on Grand Budapest Hotel.
“The idea was to write the saddest happy ending I could imagine…because it is true that Fletcher, in every single way, gets exactly what he wants in the end. And that hopefully makes the ending a little troubling…that, you know, that kind of behavior gets rewarded.”
Writer/director Damien Chazelle discusses the process of creating Whiplash — the story of a promising young drummer and his ruthless teacher.
The Theory of Everything
“Stephen’s the character that everybody knows, obviously. …It was really fun to sort of delve into the domestic side of this world and see how much Jane — and often domestic carers in the world are not the most ‘sexy’ characters to bring forth in cinema — so I thought it was really wonderful how it was balanced.”
Screenwriter/producer Anthony McCarten and Producer Lisa Bruce talk about their film, The Theory of Everything.
Browse more programs from Script-to-Screen.