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Observation Deck

Summary: Wired's senior editor Adam Rogers takes a weekly look at stories shaping—and shaped by—the Wired world.

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 Ep. 30: The Parking Meters of the Future | File Type: video/x-m4v | Duration: 1:49

This time I’m thinking about parking -- specifically, about how eerily accurate production designer Syd Mead was in his depictions of the parking meters of the future.

 Ep. 29: A Critical Analysis of Bipedal Movie Robots | File Type: video/x-m4v | Duration: 4:08

I love giant fighting robots as much as the next guy, especially if the next guy is the pilot of a giant robot lion that can merge with four other robot lions to form an even bigger robot and fight monsters.

 Ep. 28: 3-D Simulation Technology Creates a New Kind of Map | File Type: video/x-m4v | Duration: 4:08

Maps don’t have to be big, folded pieces of paper - or even the GPS-enabled windows our phones now become. Maps are, essentially, infographics...

 Ep. 27: Animated Pixels in Public | File Type: video/x-m4v | Duration: 4:27

Adam Rogers takes a look, or several, at animated lighting in cities.

 Ep. 26: On Narratives and TV Scripts | File Type: video/x-m4v | Duration: 3:45

Messing with some terminology this week. I'm interested in what constitutes the narratives we tell ourselves about narratives-stories behind stories, making-of stories, stories that characters tell themselves, stories that characters can't hear but viewers and readers can. Partially that's because I watch a lot of television, and I wonder how they make it. And partially it's because?well, click through and you'll see.

 Ep. 25: The Cities That Re-Elected Obama | File Type: video/x-m4v | Duration: 3:15

You might be sick of hearing explanations for what happened in the election last Tuesday. But this week on The Observation Deck I want to draw your attention to just one more — the primacy of cities in re-electing Barack Obama as president.

 Ep. 24: Protecting Cities From the Disasters of the Future | File Type: video/x-m4v | Duration: 3:37

Hurricane Sandy’s effects on the New York area have made people think — rightly — about how best to protect cities from disasters.

 Ep. 23: How Time Affects Urban Maps | File Type: video/x-m4v | Duration: 3:54

A too-short cab ride in New York — with a very observant cabbie — got me thinking about the ways we map time onto our spatial maps of cities.

 Ep. 22: The Strange Allure of a Hot-Pink Albino Alligator | File Type: video/x-m4v | Duration: 3:15

Adam Rogers is away, so Caitlin Roper snuck on to the Observation Deck set to talk to you about a pressing subject — albinos.

 Ep. 21: What Looper Tells Us About Time Travel | File Type: video/x-m4v | Duration: 4:54

It's time to talk about Looper.

 Ep. 20: What 'Smart' Slime Molds Tell Us About Alien Intelligence | File Type: video/x-m4v | Duration: 4:51

Let's talk about slime molds. Specifically, Physarum polycephalum, which despite being a big gooey bag of nuclei and protoplasm, may be intelligent - sort of.

 Ep. 19: Designing Cities for People, Not Cars | File Type: video/x-m4v | Duration: 4:01

On this week's Observation Deck, I'm contemplating the car-free metropolises of the future.

 Ep. 18: Spielberg's Sci-Fi Malaise | File Type: video/x-m4v | Duration: 4:39

This week we take a look at how Stephen Spielberg's sci-fi films have changed over the years.

 Ep. 17: How Tearing Up Highways Could Make Better Cities | File Type: video/x-m4v | Duration: 4:21

I'm thinking about what could happen if we tear up some of those ribbons of roads and start over again. We might end up with better cities.

 Ep. 16: The Shaky Science of Sci-Fi Booze | File Type: video/x-m4v | Duration: 4:48

Considering some of the tsuris characters in science fiction go through, it's no wonder they drink. But what, exactly, are they drinking?


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