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Diginauts 0001 — Autonomous Cars, Weaponized Drones, Your Children’s Pictures on Facebook

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  • segment 1, Top of Mind–Driverless Cars (0:00): Uber is experimenting with driverless cars in Pittsburgh, with the goal of “making self-driving Ubers a reality.”  We discuss Uber’s pilot program, Tesla’s first fatality, and the implications to the future of human transportation.
  • segment 2, Juris Prudent–Weaponized Drones (14:54): North Dakota has a law on the books now that explicitly authorizes the addition of non-lethal weapons on unmanned air vehicles.  (Although “non-lethal” is not defined.)  After the police shootout ended in Dallas by a bomb-toting robot, what are the implications to law enforcement?
  • segment 3, Future File–Nanofish in Your Body (28.26): Scientists are pioneering creation of “Nanofish” to deliver medicine inside your body.  We discuss Deron’s feeling that he loves technology right up until the point where it goes inside you.
  • segment 4, What’s Your Take?–Baby Pictures on Facebook (40:23) An 18-year-old in Austria has filed a lawsuit against her parents for a childhood of sharing embarrassing photos on Facebook. Join this conversation with us for next week.  Do you share (or overshare) pics of your children on social media? Are you worried about the digital footprint you’re creating for them, before they’ve even come of age? Tweet us or Give us a call and leave a voicemail for us to share in next week’s show!

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One thought on “Diginauts 0001 — Autonomous Cars, Weaponized Drones, Your Children’s Pictures on Facebook

  1. I definitely have a comment about using a robot to kill a person. I don’t trust police accounts enough to assume that officers had no other alternative than to end the shooter’s life. Could the drone have used tear gas. Why couldn’t the police wait out the situation? So I suppose for me the problem is not the drone, but the decision to end a life without due process. I think it’s a scary thing that the person who pushes the button to detonate the drone is expected to follow orders not knowing the full situation.

What do you think?