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 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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