All this week the video game industry has been gathered in San Francisco for the annual Game Developers Conference. It's where the wizards behind the games — the artists, programmers, writers and the companies they work for — meet to talk, hold panels, pick each other's brains and show off their latest creations.
David Hyde talks with Philip Mirowski, author of "Science Mart: Privatizing American Science," about why he thinks the move to privately funded science is undermining the quality of the research.
"The types of science that are being done are changing, and the way in which science is being done is changing," Mirowski said. "In fact, the quality of some of the science is being affected by it too."
Ross Reynolds goes on a tour of the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory in Bellevue with inventor and futurist Pablos Holman.
Holman's team projects include a laser that can quickly detect if a person has malaria, a cooler that can keep vaccines from going bad and the high tech kitchen — more like a science lab actually — used to produce Nathan Myrhvold's 51 pound, multi-volume "Modernist Cuisine" books.
Ross Reynolds speaks with researcher Philip Eckhoff about using computer modeling to foil infectious diseases like malaria, polio and HIV. Eckhoff is the principal investigator for the epidemiological modeling project at Intellectual Ventures' Institute for Disease Modeling in Bellevue.
Marcie Sillman talks with Steve McCullough, superintendent of Curlew School District, about the lack of adequate Internet access in the small, northeastern Washington town.
About 200 students attend the school, which houses the classrooms from preschool through high school. McCullough also serves as the school's principal. The district is currently the only place with the fastest and most reliable Internet access in town.
Steve Scher talks with Janet Abbate, associate professor of Science and Technology In Society at Virginia Tech, about the history and early users of the Internet. Abbate is also the author of, "Inventing the Internet."