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The world we’ll be faced with tomorrow demands big ideas today. In Jacobs’ series of interviews with some of today’s leading industry and academic problem solvers, we discuss the Ifs and Whens of disruption - those phenomena with the potential to unsettle the status quo, as well as those now imminent and emerging.

Jacobs: If/When Jacobs

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The world we’ll be faced with tomorrow demands big ideas today. In Jacobs’ series of interviews with some of today’s leading industry and academic problem solvers, we discuss the Ifs and Whens of disruption - those phenomena with the potential to unsettle the status quo, as well as those now imminent and emerging.

    The Search: Does Alien Life Exist?

    The Search: Does Alien Life Exist?

    On this episode of If/When we sat down with two experts from the famed SETI Institute whose passion is listening to the stars and seeking new life - Dr. Nathalie Cabrol, Director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe and Dr. Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer. We asked Nathalie and Seth to expound on topics such as, "If intelligent life is out there, why has it been so hard for us to find any evidence of it?"; "What kinds of advances in technology will be needed to discover life among the stars?"; and "What can extreme environments on Earth teach us about the potential presence of life on other planets?"

    • 32 min
    Coastal Squeeze: Let's Loosen Things Up

    Coastal Squeeze: Let's Loosen Things Up

    As sea levels rise, coastal habitats will find it necessary to migrate landwards. But when human-made constructions such as sea walls impede their progress, the habitats are squeezed, resulting in the loss of life-sustaining environments. To lessen those impacts, scientists are developing solutions such as compensatory habitats to preserve affected sea-life. In this episode of If/When, we explore the challenge of coastal squeeze with Dr. Chrissy Mitchell, National Principal Research Scientist - Flood, Coast, Reservoirs, UK Environment Agency and Dr. Nigel Pontee, Global Practice Leader, Coastal Planning & Engineering, Jacobs.

    • 29 min
    Sound Judgment: Turn Down the Noise

    Sound Judgment: Turn Down the Noise

    Winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, Dr. Daniel Kahneman is Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University, and a fellow of the Center for Rationality at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In this episode of If/When, Dr. Kahneman shared his thoughts on how to recognize cognitive noise and decrease its negative effects, as well as where emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence will potentially factor into human decision making.

    • 25 min
    Data Analytics: Voice in the Machine

    Data Analytics: Voice in the Machine

    On this episode of If/When we discuss the evolving role of the data scientist and how organizations can embrace greater confidence in the use of data and analytics in their decision-making activities, with Dr. Kirk Borne, chief science officer at DataPrime, and Michael Brown, Global Technology Lead for Predictive Analytics at Jacobs.

    • 37 min
    Technical Storytelling: Making Magic by Design

    Technical Storytelling: Making Magic by Design

    Gary Rydstrom, film director and sound designer with Skywalker Sound, has built a career of using innovation, imagination and technology to help bring to life some of the most beloved cinematic stories of the last forty years. On this episode of If/When, we discussed the lessons Gary has learned as an innovator, the role of playfulness in the creative process, and what keeps him motivated to continue delivering superior results.

    • 19 min
    Applied Creativity: Balancing Imagination, Technology and Technique

    Applied Creativity: Balancing Imagination, Technology and Technique

    With a body of work that includes two dozen solo records and a resume of working with the who’s who of rock royalty, our guest’s place in the pantheon of popular music is as truly unique as the inventive sounds and songs he produces with his guitar. On this episode of If/When we had the pleasure of sitting down with the one and only Adrian Belew.

    • 25 min

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