bias in machine learning algorithms

Ep 43: Is there Bias in Machine Learning Algorithms? – with guest Dr. Joshua Kroll

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The world today generates an immense amount of data. Companies gather data on our buying habits, our location, and how we spend our time. The enormity of this data  is too much for human analysts to dig through alone.  Instead, they use machine learning algorithms. These algorithms take big data to analyze your routines,  infer […]

space junk

Ep 42: Space Junk, Trash on the Moon, and the Earth’s Copper Ring – with guest Dr. Lisa Ruth Rand

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What happens to old satellites? Or to astronauts’ trash? It turns out that the Earth is surrounded by a sphere of garbage – often referred to as space junk. This consists of everything from bits of frozen coolant, paint flecks, astronauts’ tools, and even a toothbrush. There is no trash collection in space. What happens, […]

Fake News

Ep 38: What Happens Next Will Blow Your Mind! Using Natural Language Processing to Find Fake News, Satire, and Clickbait – with guests Dr. Victoria Rubin and her Group

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Where do you get your news from? Can you trust it?  Gone are the days when most people read the newspaper.  Instead, many people now get their news from their Facebook feed, Twitter, or a host of other online sources.  Unfortunately, amid the cat videos and photos of friends, it may be hard to tell […]

philosophy of the self

Ep. 37: The Philosophy of the Self: From Spirituality to Neuroscience – with guest Dr. Evan Thompson

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What is the self? Does the collection of neurons in our brains define the entirety of who we are?    Modern day neuroscience attempts to explain who we are through understanding how the brain works, sometimes even trying to find a single entity that can be labeled as the “self”.  Yet, for thousands of years, […]

Climate Change, Religion, and Ethics – A Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspective (rerun)

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SparkDialog Podcasts is currently on break until February 6th with Season 3.  In the meantime, enjoy this best of episode. Climate change is often viewed as a political problem. But in reality, it is a scientific issue, and perhaps equally as important, it is a moral and spiritual issue. How are religious communities responding?  Today we […]

space ethics

Ep. 36: Getting a Second Chance: Space Ethics, Mining, and Colonization – with guest Dr. Tony Milligan

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Living among the stars has long been a dream of humanity.  But as we begin to step off this Earth and colonize other planets, many will argue: do we deserve a second chance? With climate change, over-exploitation of natural resources, and man-made ecological problems on this planet, we should stop and wonder – what can […]

prosthetic hand

Ep. 35: Lending a Hand – a Prosthetic Hand – with guests Dr. David Grow and His Group

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Imagine you’re having a bad day.  In the blink of an eye, a household accident causes you to loose the fingers on one hand.  You go from having a normal life to having nothing ever being the same again.  Flipping a pancake, hammering a nail, or combing your hair become seemingly unsurmountable challenges. Not too […]