Technology

A near-perfect storm of population growth, changing environmental standards, and climate change has put the American West’s crucial water management systems at risk. Professors Kennedy and Thompson will explain the historical forces that have brought the entire region to this critical juncture, and explore some promising solutions going forward.

In less than two decades, more than a thousand planets have been discovered orbiting other stars. Professor Macintosh will discuss these first-ever images of extrasolar planets—and the technology that allowed us to discover them like the advanced Gemini Planet Imager.

What is the best use of virtual reality?  Professor Jeremy Bailenson explains how virtual reality can be used to affect positive change, most notably for the environment.

In the 1700s, how did one create a social network? Professor Caroline Winterer explores how Ben Franklin extended his social network and became one of the most famous Americans of all time.

We live in a time of the Internet of Things, where our personal data lives on medical devices, in our browser searches and even, our thermostats. Professor Monica Lam raises privacy concerns and proposes a possible future solution for consolidating all of this information.

We live in a time of the Internet of Things, where our personal data lives on medical devices, in our browser searches and even, our thermostats. Professor Monica Lam raises privacy concerns and proposes a possible future solution for consolidating all of this information.

Professor Verghese explores the medical field, beginning with the origins of barber surgeons to today’s technologically enhanced experience. In describing the rituals involved, he argues that preserving this aspect of the practice of medicine is imperative to providing excellent patient care.

Historian Caroline Winterer shares her research as part of Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) in uncovering Benjamin Franklin’s extensive social networking. With digitization, scholars can now ask new questions about the past and she explores some of these possibilities.

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