Diginauts 0020 — Refreezing a Glacier, Downing Unwanted Drones, New Hydrogen Fuel Catalyst

  • segment 1, If You Had To Choose  — Investment in Future Tech (0:00): We’ll look at three micro-industries that are seeing a bloom of startups and ask ourselves where we would invest hypothetical money.  Flying cars anyone?
  • segment 2, Always in Motion Is the Future — Seven Predictions from Bill Gates (19:30): We discuss his visions of future developments and decide if we believe he’s on the right track.
  • segment 3, Revisiting Previous Stories (37:09): That head transplant doctor is talking plans again.  Switzerland aims to re-freeze a glacier.  We’ve discovered ‘lost’ forests that could impact all of our climate change modeling.

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Diginauts 0019 — Living Forever, a River Reverses, Microbes on Saturn’s Moon?

  • segment 1, Top of Mind — No One Understands AI (0:00): The folks who are on the cutting edge of artificial intelligence admit they know longer quite get how it works.
  • segment 2, Let’s Hash It Out — #NASA (10:41): A paper details revelations about Saturn’s moon Enceledus.  Chemicals exist that could host life… maybe?
  • segment 3, Future File — Immortality! (23:36): Tests on rodents using “chemical torpedos” have eliminated the cells that invite disease.
  • segment 4, Let’s Dig Some More (32:21): A river starts flowing the opposite direction because of climate change.  What company has been running autonomous vehicles longer than anyone thinks about?  Russia is definitely NOT building a terminator.

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Diginauts 0018 — Musk’s New Neuralink Venture, Bleached Coral Reefs, Artificial Synapses

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Diginauts 0017 — Those Seven Exoplanets, Wireless Power Transfer, Fracking Fluid Leaks

  • segment 1, Top of Mind — NSA Spy Tech (0:00): Palantir is a software company allegedly NOT linked to the oversteps of the NSA PRISM program about which Edward Snowden raised alarms, but nonetheless designed to help governments make use of massive amounts of data for spying purposes .  One of its primary investors is Peter Thiel, now also a Trump adviser.  Conflict of interest?
  • segment 2, Let’s Hash It Out — Exoplanets & Private Moon Trips (11:06): NASA has found a solar system with SEVEN Earth-sized planets, three of which might offer conditions to support life.  SpaceX has accepted a deposit from private citizens for a recreational trip around the moon.
  • segment 3, Future File — Wireless Power (23:03)Disney Research says they’ve developed a way to safely deliver power to a roomful of devices… without cords.
  • segment 4,  Let’s Dig Some More (32:55):  Fracking fluid is leaking more often than twe thought.  High levels of dangerous chemicals are showing up in cats. More on de-extincting animals, and an update from Facebook to minimize the infamous echo chamber effect.

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Diginauts 0016 — Resurrecting Woolly Mammoths, 23 Principals for AI, Taxing Robot Workers

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Diginauts 0015 — How Space Affects Your Body, Fukushima Radiation, Net Neutrality in Danger Again

  • segment 1, Top of Mind — Twins! In! Spaaaaaaace! (0:00):  NASA sent one twin into space, and kept the other on Earth.  We’ll talk about what they learned from the brothers’ DNA.
  • segment 2, If You Had To Choose — Recent Governmental Maneuvers (8:00): Trump’s FCC chair signals lack of interest in net neutrality.  A federal magistrate rules that Google must turn over foreign emails to the FBI.  And Congress rolls back environmental protection laws
  • segment 3, Hope For Humanity — Swearing & Honesty (32:39):A University of Cambridge suggests those who use curse words tend to be more honest.
  • segment 4,  Let’s Dig Some More (36:52):  Fukushima radiation has spiked dangerously, an alleged arsonist was trapped by his pacemaker data, and a Chinese factory has successfully replaced 90% of its human workers with robots.

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Diginauts 0014 — Trump Team Botching Tech Security, Human-Pig Chimerae, Facial Recognition Catching Criminals

  • segment 1, Top of Mind — Terrible Trump Tech (0:00): January in the Trump administration has featured failure to 2-factor authenticate, vulnerable phones, tweeted passwords, and worse.
  • segment 2, Juris Prudent — Facial Recognition Fighting Crime (12:11):  Are you comfortable with the FBI using computers to check your photo in their database when they suspect someone of a crime?
  • segment 3, Future File — Meme Marketplace (24:39): A subreddit allowing you to “buy” memes.
  • segment 4,  Let’s Dig Some More (31:43):  Splicing embryos to grow human organs, computerized telepathy, and the climate change rundown.

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Diginauts 0013 — Babies from Three Parents, Finland’s Experiment in Basic Income, Coolest Stuff from CES

  • segment 1, Top of Mind — Healthy Babies from Three Parents (0:00): Doctors have succeeded in allowing a woman with fatal genetic defects to successfully have a baby.  Detractors fear the science isn’t yet sound.
  • segment 2, Let’s Hash It Out — CES  (12:02):  Tech companies headed to Las Vegas to show off this year’s trends in gadgets and all things digital.  Deron & Eric discuss the standout products.
  • segment 3, Juris Prudent — Libel and the Invention of Email  (31:04): Self-proclaimed inventor of EMAIL files defamation lawsuit against TechDirt’s Mike Masnick.
  • segment 4,  Let’s Dig Some More (41:32): We look at Google’s stealth advancement in artificial intelligence, a Japanese company’s decision to replace white collar workers with AI, and Finland’s move to experiment in fundamental basic income.
  • segment 5, Semantically Incorrect: ‘Ping’ and ‘Talk’ (1:11:23): Deron thinks we need a new word for talking to someone without talking to someone.

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Diginauts 0012 — Amazon’s Many Plans To Replace Humans, Politics & Your Brain, Are We Evolving into a New Species?

  • segment 1, Top of Mind — Challenging Your Brain’s Political Believes (0:00): A study shows MRI images of people who’s deepest political beliefs are challenged, and it matches primitive reactions to life-threatening situations.
  • segment 2, Future File —  Human-Computer Hybrids (12:37):  The Singularity is looming.  We discuss what the future of humanity will look like, and whether humans will merge with computers to form what amounts to a new species.
  • segment 3, Juris Prudent — Search Warrants for Amazon Echo Data  (35:48): A murder case has caused law enforcement to seek recordings from a personal assistant device.  Do people have a right to privacy when it comes to always-listening technology?
  • segment 4,  Let’s Dig Some More (47:20): Your environmental update, then a look at the latest happenings in self-driving vehicles.  How will fewer car crashes impact organ donation?
  • segment 5, What’s Your Take — Warehouses in the Sky (1:09:46): Amazon filed for a patent to place blimps into high-altitude flight over cities, so that drones can deliver your products faster.

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Diginauts 0011 — Trump Summons Tech CEOs, Gamers as Drone Pilots, Opting Out of Body Scanners

Diginauts episode 0011
  • segment 1, Top of Mind — Drumpf & Technology (0:00): Technology’s most powerful are gathering in New York to meet with Donald Drumpf.  What will they say?  And what the hell are they not telling us about Russian cyber interference in the election?
  • segment 2, Future File —  Fusion Stellerator (23:55):  German scientists have successfully tested the next level of their fusion device, and the results were unprecedentedly positive.
  • segment 3, Juris Prudent — Opting Out of Body Scanners   (35:33): A blogger shared his experience opting out of the “voluntary” airport scanners in Berlin.  FAKE NEWS ALERT!!! Deron mentions that a TSA operator was caught masturbating to images from a backscatter device.  He got fooled.  Snopes says that never happened.
  • segment 4,  Let’s Dig Some More (48:34): After a round-up of headlines on climate change, we discuss the possibility of the UK military recruiting computer gamers as weaponized drone operators.  We also listen to a Christmas song composed by an artificial intelligence that was shown a picture of a Christmas tree.
  • segment 5, What’s Your Take — Entrepreneurial Predisposition (1:03:55): We discuss whether entrepreneurship is in your DNA.

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