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 0005 — Engineering Life, Doctor Chatbot, Your Phone vs. The 4th Amendment

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  • segment 1, Top of Mind–Politics & Y Combinator (0:00): Sam Altman’s Bay Area incubator gets money from a wealthy Drumpf supporter, and they’ll disavow Drumpf, but not the supporter.  Gizmodo things Altman should have to step down.  What do we think?
  • segment 2, Future File–Paging Dr. Chatbot (14:41): Increasingly, the medical industry will lean on technology to streamline the process of seeing your doctor.  Kaiser Permanente is pushing further into virtual doctor visits, and China’s Baidu has created a medical chatbot.
  • segment 3, Juris Prudent–Warranted Overreach? (30:38):  The government wants to do whatever it can to avoid a technology stand-off like the one it faced with Apple over the San Bernadino terrorist case.  To that end, they’ve begun writing warrants that pre-suppose the ability to force you to unlock your phone with your finger prints.
  • segment 4, Total Recall–Climate Change All Fixed! (45:10 ): That global climate change world meeting we discussed last week?  They reached an agreement!  But, does it have teeth?  Meanwhile, scientists have found a cheap and efficient way to remove CO2 from the air and turn it into fuel.
  • segment 5, What’s Your Take?–Rewriting The Genetic Code of Life(52:49): Scientists are now taking the genetic modification to the lowest biological building blocks, giving them the ability to manipulate… pretty much anything.  Should we apply these capabilities to agriculture?  To medicine? To how we reproduce?

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