Distinguished Speaker: Marshall Brain

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Marshall Brain

The Meaning of Life and the Role of Robots

Marshall Brain, Founder

Marshall Brain spoke on Friday, November 12th, 2010 at 2:00PM in Engineering Building II, Room 1021

Where do human beings come from? What is the meaning of our lives today? And what happens in the future? These are three important questions that human beings have been asking for centuries. In this talk we will look at all three from a scientific perspective.

Marshall Brain is most widely known as the founder of HowStuffWorks, an award-winning website that offers clear, objective and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world around us actually works. The site, which he created as a hobby in 1998 and took through several rounds of venture funding totaling approximately $8 million, was purchased for $250 million by Discovery Communications in 2007.

As a well-known public speaker with the ability to deliver complex material in a way that is easily understood by audiences of all types, Brain is a regular guest on radio and TV programs nationwide. He has been featured on CNN, CNN Headline News, Modern Marvels and The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2008 and 2009, he was the host of the National Geographic channel's "Factory Floor With Marshall Brain", a series of one-hour
factory tours taking the viewer on a journey into the world of product design, manufacturing and testing.

Brain is the author of more than a dozen books as well as a number of widely known web publications including How to Make a Million Dollars, Robotic Nation, Manna and The Day you Discard Your Body. His book The Teenager's Guide to the Real World is now in its tenth printing and was selected for the New York Public Library's prestigious "Books for the Teen Age" list. He frequently works with students at all levels to help them
understand science and technology topics, entrepreneurship and how the world works.

Brain earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic University and a M.S. in Computer Science from NC State University, where he taught in the computer science department for six years, and was selected as a member of the NC State University Academy of Outstanding Teachers.

Today Marshall Brain resides in Cary, NC with his wife, Leigh, and their four children.