Diginauts 0017 — Those Seven Exoplanets, Wireless Power Transfer, Fracking Fluid Leaks

  • segment 1, Top of Mind — NSA Spy Tech (0:00): Palantir is a software company allegedly NOT linked to the oversteps of the NSA PRISM program about which Edward Snowden raised alarms, but nonetheless designed to help governments make use of massive amounts of data for spying purposes .  One of its primary investors is Peter Thiel, now also a Trump adviser.  Conflict of interest?
  • segment 2, Let’s Hash It Out — Exoplanets & Private Moon Trips (11:06): NASA has found a solar system with SEVEN Earth-sized planets, three of which might offer conditions to support life.  SpaceX has accepted a deposit from private citizens for a recreational trip around the moon.
  • segment 3, Future File — Wireless Power (23:03)Disney Research says they’ve developed a way to safely deliver power to a roomful of devices… without cords.
  • segment 4,  Let’s Dig Some More (32:55):  Fracking fluid is leaking more often than twe thought.  High levels of dangerous chemicals are showing up in cats. More on de-extincting animals, and an update from Facebook to minimize the infamous echo chamber effect.

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Diginauts 0010 — Every Human Replaced by Robots, Reddit Admits Edits, United Kingdom Surveillance Law

Diginauts Episode 0010

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Diginauts 0002 — Songs from Machines, False Memories, & Mechanical Emotion Detection

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  • segment 1, Top of Mind–False Memories (0:00): A researcher has demonstrated that she can elicit from people memories of things that never happened.  She has managed to convince everyday people that they committed a petty crime in their childhood.  What are the implications for our criminal law system?
  • segment 2, Future File–Music Composed by AI (11:47): Researches at a Sony laboratory in Paris have used software to analyze the style of musicians and use this knowledge to compose original pieces of music.  We react live to these machine-created songs…  Maybe don’t expect robots to headline Coachella any time soon.
  • segment 3, Most Disruptive–Tardigrade Proteins or Transiting the Solar System (24:45): Each of us selected a story from this month that he thought would have the greatest long-term impact on humanity.  One of us picked Elon Musk’s release of plans to travel to Mars and beyond.  The other said that research identifying the  “damage suppressing” protein in tardigrades could change medicine.
  • segment 4, Mailbag (39:21): Time to share some of what you said about the previous episode.
  • segment 5, What’s Your Take?–WiFi That Detects Your Emotions (52:24):  MIT researchers have developed a technology called EQ-Radio, which uses standard wi-fi to monitor heart and breathing rate in humans, and from that gauge their emotional state with 87% accuracy.  Do you see this as a boon to industries like entertainment and medicine? Or is it another example of machine invasiveness into human life?

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