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Pioneers in Science 2008

Thursday, May 29, 2008
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Will robots ever have emotions? What are the limits of artificial intelligence? What is the universe made of? And how did it form?

A select group of six students from New York City public high schools posed these questions and many more when they took the stage to interview groundbreaking robot designer Cynthia Breazeal and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman. These unusually candid, disarming, and revealing conversations engaged two of the best minds in science in a multimedia event that educated, entertained and inspired.


SuChin PakJournalist

MTV News correspondent SuChin Pak, began her television career as host of the PBS Science program Newton’s Apple. She has hosted the MTV Video Music Awards, the Movie Awards, and the documentary series My Life Translated. She will host The G-Word on Discovery’s forthcoming eco-lifestyle network, Planet Green.

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Cynthia BreazealRoboticist

Cynthia Breazeal is an associate professor of media arts and sciences and the director of the personal robots group at the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. She is an expert on the interaction between people and sociable robots.

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Leon LedermanPhysicist, Nobel Laureate in Physics

Leon Lederman is the Director Emeritus of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, and Pritzker Professor of Science at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago; for his contributions to neutrino physics, he shared the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics.

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