Ep 75: From Self-Driving Cars to Autonomous Weapons Systems – Can We Trust AI? – with guest Dr. David Danks

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Are you looking forward to self-driving cars? Perhaps you love taking the curves of the road yourself, but more likely, you would relish a commute where you could read or catch up on the latest episode of “Mandalorian“.  But do you trust your self-driving car to get you to your destination safely?  What happens if […]

mind uploading

Ep 73: Mind Uploading: The Key to Eternal Life? with guest Dr. Michael Hauskeller

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The newest seekers of immortality are on a radical quest: mind uploading.  These people think that it may be possible to take all of the information locked within the folds of creases of their brains and upload it to the internet.  Decoupled from their mortal bodies, they would be free forever. Free from suffering, free […]

future of technology

Ep 66: What the Future May Hold: The Future of Technology – with guest Brian David Johnson

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No one knows what the future may hold.  Or can they?  Today on the podcast, we talk to Brian David Johnson, a futurist.  Brian’s business is the future and predicting the future of technology.  Weaving together a mix of ethnography, culture, trends, technology, and science, he helps businesses and enterprises forecast what the next decades […]

3d Printed Building

Ep 55: 3D Printed Buildings – From Earth to Mars: with guest Keegan Kirkpatrick

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Building any type of infrastructure is challenging, whether it be a house or a skyscraper.  The difficulty is only compounded when you are building in the remote desert, a coastal town recently hit by a hurricane, or even an observatory on a high mountain.  In some locations, it is difficult and downright expensive to bring […]

GMOs in the developing world

Ep 52: To GM or not to GM: GMOs in a Changing World – with guest Dr. Sarah Evanega

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I’m sure you heard about the debate, and you probably have an opinion about it.  Should genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, be part of our food supply?  Have you ever refused to buy a product because it was labeled “Partially produced with genetic engineering”?  What exactly does GM mean?  What is the benefit of GMOs […]

I named my Roomba George.

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 […]