Why Not Change the World? brings leading experts from different disciplines together on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to discuss the global and interconnected challenges facing humanity.

Season 3

S3 E7: Two scientists discuss their unique approaches to modeling the spread of COVID-19 and how their work is informing leaders in education, government, and other industries.

S3 E6: A game designer and an architect provide new perspectives on old conflicts, both large and small.

S3 E5: Researchers provide new insights on experiments being conducted in space and recent revelations about our galaxy.

S3 E4: A neuroscientist and an engineer offer insights into the workings of the human brain — and how they might be improved.

S3 E3: Three experts share unique perspectives on the effects of climate change and how humans might respond.

S3 E2: Two undergraduate students getting national attention for their world-changing work share perspectives on science, architecture, and entrepreneurship.

S3 E1: In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, two researchers explain their urgent effort to equip N95 respirator masks with antiviral properties.

Season 2

S2 E8: Strategies for increasing diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher education are considered by two leaders implementing them at Rensselaer.

S2 E7: An anthropologist and an engineer outline their interdisciplinary effort to increase awareness about how humans impact the planet.

S2 E6: An architect and a systems engineer explore how new approaches to building materials and supply chains will shape the future.

S2 E5: Researchers within the Rensselaer-IBM Artificial Intelligence Research Collaboration talk about their work in the world of social media.

S2 E4: Two scientists describe the extreme conditions in which life can be found and tell us what it means about the origins of Earth.

S2 E3: The use of a life-saving drug and the social movement to make it available is examined from both historical and personal perspectives.

S2 E2: The team behind AiMOS, the powerful new supercomputer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, explains how it could change the world.

S2 E1: Leading experts in lighting and bone health reveal how their research tackles Alzheimer’s disease in new and unexpected ways.

Season 1

S1 E7: In a special episode, two prominent inventors look to the future and offer their advice on how to prepare for it.

S1 E6: Two engineers reflect on what drew them to the field and how it can be used to change the world.

S1 E5: A bioinformatics researcher and an expert in aquatic ecosystems explore how human activities impact natural systems.

S1 E4: An electrical engineer and an aerospace engineer describe their vision for how virtual reality can be used to teach a new generation of students.

S1 E3: A bestselling author and an educator talk about the effects of technology on humanity and how to think about these changes.

S1 E2: A health-care data expert and a biomedical engineer discuss how data analysis can be used to tackle today’s biggest health challenges.

S1 E1: An artificial intelligence expert and an accomplished musician consider how humans could and should responsibly deploy new technologies.

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