George Lucas: Star Wars and the History of Mythology and an Oral Tradition

"Don't kill people. Be compassionate, love people. That's basically what Star Wars is." - George Lucas

Filmmaker George Lucas talks to Charlie Rose about the mythology behind "Star Wars" and why he thinks the movie's message is so universal.

"What makes a hero, what's friendship, what's the idea of sacrificing yourself for something larger... They're all really basic things. So you say, well, you don't have to make a movie about that, it's very obvious, but it's actually not."

Interview filmed live on stage at Chicago Ideas Week on Oct. 17, 2014.

From Charlie Rose


PiBot: Humanoid Robot Auto-Pilot can Fly any Plane

"Don't call me Shirley"

A robot to fly planes too dangerous for humans.

Researchers in South Korea are developing a robotic pilot that could potentially replace humans in the cockpit. Unlike drones and autopilot programs which are configured for specific aircraft, the robots' humanoid design will allow it to fly any type of plane with no additional sensors. Ben Gruber reports.

From Reuters


YouTube has a Privilege Problem

The Privilege Checklist

Based on Peggy McIntosh's: White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
http://amptoons.com/blog/files/mcintosh.html

From ASAP Science


Google Glass Support Group

Addiction to Google's face-mounted computers is a real problem, and Conan is determined to do something about it!

From Conan O'Brien


Hoverboards Exist Now, For Real This Time

Ever since Marty McFly rode a hoverboard in 1989’s “Back to The Future II,” people have been dreaming of making the floating device a reality. Now, a California start-up says it has it figured out.

From The New York Times


Susan Oliver: Star Trek's First Love Interest, The Green Girl

A feature-length documentary about Susan Oliver, known primarily today as Star Trek’s first iconic Green Orion Slave Girl (from the original 1964 Star Trek pilot, reused in the 2-part 1966 episode The Menagerie).

She was a highly- prolific actress of the ’50’s/’60’s/’70’s/’80’s, a record-setting female aviator, an original member of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women, and one of the only women directing major TV shows in the 1980’s.

Tragically taken by cancer in 1990, she’s been inexplicably forgotten by the industry to which she gave so much of herself. This documentary chronicles the remarkable achievements of her all-too-short life.

From The Green Girl