Dr. Sanjay Gupta, of CNN, came to the MAKE HQ in Sebastopol today. He got to meet our team of interns and see our work at Make: Labs. He and I recorded an interview and we did several demos of making in action for the program. Dr. Gupta, who is a surgeon, said that he was a tinkerer as a kid and wished he had more of it in school. So, safe to say, Sanjay understood what’s happening at MAKE. We did the Squishy Circuits project and the Supercap racer as well as showcasing the MakerBot printer and other tools we use in the lab. Gupta met the students of the Project: Make class, which were in session. He could see how excited students were to be engaged in the process of making.
I showed Dr. Gupta old torn copies of Popular Mechanics and how MAKE is an updated version of what those old magazines once offered. When I said that today’s hackers were much like those tinkerers in the past — wanting to know how things work and taking them apart to do new things with them — he understood what we meant by “hacking.” He said that even as a surgeon, he needs to be able to hack tools. I was especially proud to show Dr. Gupta the current “DIY Superhuman” issue of MAKE, which features surgical roboticist, Carol Reilly and many cool projects that involve science and making.
Dr. Gupta is the host of the The Next List on CNN and an episode of the show about MAKE and me will air on CNN Sunday, February 5th.