Jean-Baptiste Michel graduated as an Engineer of Ecole Polytechnique (Paris, France) in 2005. Since then, he completed an MS in Applied Mathematics and a PhD in Systems Biology at Harvard University. Jean-Baptiste is interested in quantitative aspects of phenomena directly relevant to human life, such as the evolution of disease-causing cells during pathogenesis, violence during conflicts, or the way language and culture change with time. He currently develops a quantitative approach to the study of trends in human languages and cultures based on millions of digitized texts.
In the first half, Professor of History William Forstchen shared updates on the dangers of an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack which could take down the power grid, as well as his research into building a space elevator, which could bring revolutionary changes to the planet. In the latter half, assistant professor of genetics at Baylor College, Erez Aiden, and associate scientist at Harvard University, Jean-Baptiste Michel, discussed a new tool they developed called the Google Ngram Viewer, which charts trends in human history across the centuries. ... More »Host: George Noory