Point of Discovery
About This Show
Point of Discovery takes you on a behind-the-scenes journey to the front lines of science where you'll meet the brilliant, quirky scientists who do it. Our stories are driven by curiosity. How much of our DNA do we share with yeast? How do our brains block out noise at a party so that we can focus on just one person speaking? How do you study a terrible disease-causing bacteria that acts like a saint when you grow it in a petri dish? Come discover the answers with us.
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Keeps Us on Our Toes
Worried that smart robots are taking over the world? You’ll be relieved to know they still have a long way to go. That is unless you’re an artificial intelligence researcher like Peter Stone. One big challenge facing robots that walk and run is that they fall over a lot. Take for example the annual RoboCup competition in which small human-like robots play soccer. Even with the best minds in computer science behind them, they’re about as graceful as toddlers. Now neuroscientist Michael Mauk thinks he has a solution. It could put robots one step closer to the ultimate goal of AI researchers: to build robots capable of beating human soccer champs.
We recently featured the work of Michael Mauk and four other neuroscientists in our annual Texas Scientist magazine. These scientists are searching for better treatments for epilepsy and Alzheimer’s, exploring how we make memories and learn new things, and revealing how wisdom emerges. Read the article here: https://www.texasscientist.cns.utexas.edu/articles/2017/1/2/unlocking-the-minds-mysteries
Watch UT Austin Villa’s robot soccer team win the 2012 RoboCup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc8ty9mog-I
Watch more videos of the UT Austin Villa robot soccer team: https://www.youtube.com/user/AustinVilla/videos
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Point of Discovery is a production of the University of Texas at Austin's College of Natural Sciences. You can listen to all our episodes at @point-of-discovery .
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Questions or comments about this episode, or our series in general? Email Marc Airhart at mairhart[AT]austin.utexas.edu