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 […]

Food In Space

Ep. 27: A Slice of Life – with guests Sebastian Marcu and Neil Jaschinski

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Being an astronaut is pretty glamorous – except when it comes to the food.  Food in space isn’t very palatable.  There are many hazards and dangers created by the space environment that put constraints on what astronauts  can eat.  Food needs to be preserved properly.  It is hard to heat up, and sometimes the astronauts […]

ethics of Augmented Reality

Ep. 26: The Ethics of Augmented Reality and Our Future – with guest Liv Erickson

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Augmented Reality has many exciting applications.  You can play games such as Pokémon Go, use AR to rearrange the furniture in your living room, or even get a glimpse of how you would look in a new hairstyle.  But when considering these possibilities, it is also important to consider privacy issues and the ethics of Augmented Reality.  How will companies […]

Renewable Energy and Carbon-Negative Technology

Ep. 21: The Energy Future of America – from Renewable Energy to Carbon-Negative Technology – with guest Dr. David Babson

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Deploying renewable energy is a huge step in slowing climate change.  But do you know that in the long term, it will also be cheaper?  Right now, countries around the world are looking for new environmentally friendly energy sources.  These strategies will not only help the environment, but will also be economically preferable.  Where will […]

Children in South Pacific

Ep. 20: Educational Hotspots for Children of the Developing World – with guest Dr. Laura Hosman

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Books, computers, and internet connectivity are something we might take for granted in our schools. But for large sections of the developing world, classrooms might be devoid of desks, libraries might be empty of books, and teachers don’t keep lesson plans from year to year because they would deteriorate in the high humidity. There are […]

Ep. 16: The Robotic Moral Code – Programming Ethics into Machines with guest Dr. Don Howard

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A robotic moral code may seem like an odd thing to talk about. But there are now instances when robots, machines, and artificial intelligence will need an ethical framework. From self-driving cars to autonomous weapons systems to robots in healthcare, machines will be called upon to make ethical decisions. Even Google Maps displays a certain […]

India's space program

Ep. 12: Space: East and West – Space, Technology, and Culture with Dr. Susmita Mohanty

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Culture affects many things within our lives – even how we approach considerable ventures such as space exploration.  Today, we talk to Dr. Susmita Mohanty about how the philosophical underpinnings and culture within India’s space program lead to a differing mindset than the space programs in the West. Susmita herself has lived around the world and started businesses on three […]