This program explores what could be the next big advancement in technology. The first episode looks at designing robots with the social smarts to understand human feelings. Episode two explores if the car of the future will be able to drive itself and the third episode profiles Jay Keasling, who is developing "designer" microbes. Episode four is about electricity and exploring the benefits of smart grid technology while the last episode is about earthquake prediction. Each NOVA scienceNOW program is hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson and tackles one of science's major challenges. Framed as a simple question that ordinary people wonder and worry about, Neil will guide us as he explores dramatic discoveries and the frontiers of research.