agriculture in Africa

Ep 54: Transforming Agriculture in Africa: with guest Samantha Salimu

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Agriculture in Africa has its share of challenges. Sometimes it’s the drought, other times, it’s soil quality. Things like climate change and unpredictable rainfall has made things worse.   However, it’s possible that agriculture in Africa can be revolutionized through the use of technology. From drones used to monitor farms to apps on cell phones, farmers are […]

Ep 51: Rosie to RoboCop: Gender, Religion, and Robots – with guest Dr. Jennifer Robertson

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It may not seem like it when you glance at your Roomba, but robots are influencing gender roles, family, and even religion.  From Rosie to RoboCop, robots and gender have a connection in both science fiction and reality.  “Female” robots are often small, with almond shaped eyes and light colors, while “male” robots are burly, with […]

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, […]