Predictions underlie nearly every aspect of our lives, from sports, politics, and medical decisions to the morning commute. With the explosion of digital technology, the internet, and “big data,” the science of forecasting is flourishing. But why do some predictions succeed spectacularly while others fail abysmally? And how can we find meaningful patterns amidst chaos and uncertainty? From the glitz of casinos and TV game shows to the life-and-death stakes of storm forecasts and the flaws of opinion polls that can swing an election, “Prediction by the Numbers” explores stories of statistics in action. Yet advances in machine learning and big data models that increasingly rule our lives are also posing big, disturbing questions. How much should we trust predictions made by algorithms when we don’t understand how they arrive at them? And how far ahead can we really forecast?
We live in an age of soaring technological innovation. And yet, as quickly as our gadgets have evolved, many of them share a frustrating weakness: their batteries. Though they've improved in the last century, batteries remain finicky, bulky, expensive, toxic, and maddeningly short-lived. The quest is on for a “super battery,” and the stakes in this hunt are much higher than the phone in your pocket. With climate change looming, electric cars and renewable energy sources like wind and solar power could hold keys to a greener future...if we can engineer the perfect battery. Join host David Pogue as he explores the hidden world of energy storage, from the power—and danger—of the lithium-ion batteries we use today, to the bold innovations that could one day charge our world.
Every year, over a million babies are born worldwide with a hereditary disease. Many are serious, some fatal. For most of history, doctors could only treat symptoms. Then researchers began to target root causes, but the quest has been long, difficult, and punctuated by tragedy. Now an elite cadre of pioneers—call them gene doctors—is starting to win battles. Through intimate stories of families whose lives are being transformed, The Gene Doctors takes viewers to the front lines of a medical revolution. With early successes and new treatments appearing on the horizon, families battling genetic diseases have never had such good reasons for hope.
Where does math come from and why does it work so well to explain our physical world? Is it humankind's clever trick, or the deeply embedded language of the cosmos? In THE GREAT MATH MYSTERY, a one-hour film for NOVA, a cast of the world's top mathematicians, physicists, and engineers embark on a mathematical mystery tour, a provocative exploration of math's astonishing power as it has evolved over the centuries to ponder a profound question: is math an invention or a discovery?
What happens when scientists open up nature's toolbox? In "Making Stuff Wilder," David Pogue explores bold new innovations inspired by the Earth's greatest inventor, life itself. From robotic "mules" and "cheetahs" for the military, to fabrics born out of fish slime, host David Pogue travels the globe to find the world’s wildest new inventions and technologies.
A two-hour film for NOVA about the hidden building blocks of everything in our world -- the elements. To unlock their secrets, David Pogue, the technology correspondent of The New York Times, spins viewers through the world of weird, extreme chemistry: the strongest acids, the deadliest poisons, the universe’s most abundant elements, and the rarest of the rare that flicker into existence for only fractions of a second.
A documentary film for DreamWorks about the perennial fascination with dragons. Aired on PBS stations and as a accompanying special feature film for DreamWorks' "How To Train Your Dragon"
"Turkey's Mammoth Dam" - Season 5 episode 8
Turkey is harnessing one of the world's fastest rivers with one of the tallest hydroelectric dams on earth.