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Synthetic Interview Technology Brings Darwin to Life

Members of the media are invited to have a “conversation” with science pioneer Charles Darwin at a special event.

As part of Darwin Celebration 2009: A Pittsburgh Partnership, lead by Duquesne University, Pittsburghers and other visitors will have the opportunity to ask Darwin questions thanks to an innovative, interactive display created by collaborators at Duquesne University and the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at Carnegie Mellon University.

Through a special display at the Carnegie Science Center that uses the ETC’s synthetic interview technology, visitors can have “conversations” with the “ghost” of Darwin. In the Synthetic Darwin Interview display, Pittsburgh actor Randy Kovitz portrays Darwin at age 50, the year he published his infamous The Origin of Species.

The display features 199 of the most frequently asked questions taken from 1,000 interviews with Pittsburghers of all ages. The varied questions explore Darwin the man, his contributions and his enduring impact.

When: Thursday, Feb. 5, at 10:30 a.m.

Where: The Works Theater, fourth floor, Carnegie Science Center

Darwin Celebration 2009
Darwin Celebration is produced by Duquesne University, with principal funding from a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Center for Research Resources (a component of the National Institutes of Health), in partnership with the Carnegie Science Center and the Entertainment Technology Center (Carnegie Mellon University). For more information and a detailed schedule of Darwin Celebration 2009, visit www.duq.edu/darwin2009.

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