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 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 0007 — Election Results, Mining Asteroids for Minerals, Robots Programmed to Kill

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  • segment 1, Top of Mind — Election Results (0:00): Rightly or wrongly, we tried to record this episode as the results were coming in on election night.  Drumpf defeats Clinton.  We let our politics show a little.  (Oh, and here’s that Michael Moore article about Trump never wanting to be president in the first place.)
  • segment 2, Let’s Review (31:21):  New updates on our previous topics include a government effort to design drones that can take out insurgent fighters and and Atlantic reporter attempted to find out how long a device can sit at a random IP address before hacking attempts try to co-opt it for DDoS purposes.
  • segment 3, Future File — Mining the Asteroids (50:01): A U.S. company has received grants from the Government of Luxembourg to find mineral wealth in the asteroid belt, bringing commerce to space.

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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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