Posts Tagged ‘NOVA’

NOVA: Smartest Machine on Earth (2011)

Smartest Machine on Earth

Smartest Machine on Earth

Watson is a result of IBM’s DeepQA Project whose goal is to develop “a computer system that can directly and precisely answer natural language questions over an open and broad range of knowledge”. Watson is made up of a cluster of ninety IBM Power 750 servers (plus additional I/O, network and cluster controller nodes in 10 racks) with a total of 2880 POWER7 processor cores and 16 Terabytes of RAM. Each Power 750 server uses a 3.5 GHz POWER7 eight core processor, with four threads per core.

The difficulty of mimicking the human thought process with software is showing artificial-intelligence researchers that there’s more than one way to be “intelligent.”

NOVA: The Fabric of the Cosmos (2011)

The Fabric of the Cosmos

The Fabric of the Cosmos

“The Fabric of the Cosmos,” a four-hour series based on the book by renowned physicist and author Brian Greene, takes us to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time, and the universe.

Episode 1: What is Space?
Episode 2: The Illusion of Time
Episode 3: Quantum Leap
Episode 4: Universe or Multiverse?

NOVA: Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension (2009)

Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension

Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension

What do movie special effects, the stock market, and heart attacks have in common? They are connected by a revolutionary new branch of math called fractals, which changed the way we see the world and opened up a vast new territory to scientific analysis and understanding.

NOVA: Monster of the Milky Way (2006)

Monsters of the Milky Way

NOVA: Monsters of the Milky Way

From the explosive birth of a black hole to its cannibalistic death throes, NOVA investigates one of the universe’s darkest secrets. With striking special effects, Monster of the Milky Way takes viewers on a scientifically accurate voyage into the belly of a super massive black hole.