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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