Diginauts 0024 — New Trivia App, AI begets AI, Driverless Car Testing

  • segment 1, Most Disruptive — Wifi Security (0:00): In our new show format, Deron & Eric start out the show by comparing their takes on which tech headlines from the last week will have the biggest impact… ON HUMANITY!!!  New HQ trivia app from Vine founders?  Dangerous flaw in Wi-Fi security standards?
  • segment 2, Juris Prudent — Graffiti Artists’ Rights (18:20):  A New York court case about ownership, art, landmarks, and culture.
  • segment 3, D.O.O.O.o.M.E.D. — Fresh Water Run-off (25:52): A chemical breakthrough in the process of desalinization could mean increased efficiency and reduced cost.
  • segment 4, Let’s Dig Some More. — CA Allows Driverless Testing (36:59): The Russians are even using our video games to manipulate America?  Would you eat human flesh if it’s grown in the lab?  Police on hooverbikes(!) in Dubai.  You might see test cars on the streets of California — sans drivers.
  • segment 5, Always in Motion Is The Future — Techpocalypse (51:30): Will humans destroy themselves with their own technology?  Runaway artificial intelligence? Nuclear war?  Tiny nanobots reducing us to goo?  We evaluate a DigitalTrends article predicting six ways humanity might end.

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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 0006 — DDoS Attack, Computers Owning Patents, Brainwave Interfaces

Diginauts episode 0006
  • segment 1, Top of Mind — DDoS Attack (0:00): Spotify, Amazon, Paypal, and Twitter all suffered downtime last week owing to waves of Denial of Service attacks.  This latest cyber-attack involved the Internet of Things.  Who was responsible, and how do we stop future attacks?
  • segment 2, Future File — Brainwave Interfaces (17:04): A review in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience theorizes that we might be able to decode brain activity, allowing computers to convert our thoughts to words or computer codes.  We discuss the implications of computers that can essentially read our minds.
  • segment 3, Juris Prudent — AT&T’s Project Hemisphere (27:24  ): Law enforcement can buy into a database kept by AT&T that tracks user location.  Are they violating your privacy rights?
  • segment 4, Total Recall (43:49): Genetic modification will have a failsafe, if DARPA has anything to do with it, and a listener offers a suggestion for how to verb listening to audio books. 
  • segment 5, What’s Your Take?– Intellectual Property Rights for Computers? (52:28 ): We just can’t stop talking about the Monkey Selfie case, and this time we’re also exploring the possibility that computers should own patents for inventions created by their software.

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