Stephen Hawking, the famous British physicist, is at Caltech at the moment. He is a distinguished scholar at Caltech and spends one month every year doing research here.
Last Monday, he gave a talk for all the city of Pasadena and I went to the event. The event was held in a newly renovated convention center and the place was too big and acoustics terrible. As you may know, Prof Hawking has a degenerative disease which makes he can't speak or move. He talks using a fancy system using his computer. That was one of the most interesting things and at the same time, one of the most weird experiences. It was strange to listen to a person communicating through a computer, and the synthesized voice was awkward. It took a few moments to get used to it and to the delay. And as I said, the acoustics of the place did not help at all. It was really difficult to understand what he was saying, which is a shame.
This is the link to the events website: