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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    LAWS – Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, or, as they are more commonly known, killer robots – are technically closer than we may think. But what about legally or morally? Will killer robots be the third great revolution in warfare after gunpowder and nuclear weapons? 20,000 scientists, including 3000 artificial intelligence researchers, think that answer should be “no.” Here’s why.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    There have been two main streams in the development of artificial intelligence which John Markoff, in his book “Machines of Loving Grace” describes as AI – Artificial Intelligence, and IA – Intelligence Augmentation. The two are very different approaches and have very different implications for the future of humanity. Here’s why.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Most folks know that technology is having big impacts on our everyday life. But that impact often seems to focus on new apps for smart phones or amazing new medical gizmos. But technology is having a huge impact on which jobs survive and which jobs don’t, and how many jobs disappear and how many jobs are replaced. And we aren’t talking about 20 years from now, or even 10. Technology will be a major driver of the net loss of over 5 million jobs in the next 5 years, and not just any technology: artificial intelligence and robotics will contribute to much of that change. What is that going to mean for how we humans live and support ourselves economically? Let’s start to think about that question.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    There were lots of whizbang electronic do-dads at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, from smart cars to smart burglar alarms. One thing that wasn’t there was assurance that these devices and anything having to do with the Web are really secure. There’s a reason for that. Here’s one way of looking at it.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Ever wonder how accurate all those tech predictions we hear at this time of year really are? Let’s look at a few from 2011 and see how they hold up five years later.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    It’s the end of 2015 but don’t worry – no “best of” or “worst of” lists here! Instead, let’s think a bit about both the advantages (“Front of the Hand”) and disadvantages (“Back of the Hand”)of some tech that was very much with us in 2015.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    In this holiday season, hundreds of millions of electronic gadgets will be opened and click-through licenses clicked on. Listen to one cartoonists version of a click-through license are. Pretty funny, and not too far off the mark. And then there is the recently passed in the middle of the night Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act which is not funny at all.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    In the wake of the horrendous recent shootings in Paris and California, US politicians are once again calling for a ban on encryption that the government can’t decrypt. This is a call shared by politicians and governments in China and Vietnam and Azerbaijan as well as those in the UK and some European countries. It is not, however, shared by scientists and security experts who understand how encryption actually works, including most of those who have invented many of the security systems in use on the Internet today. Why not? The reason is simple: providing “golden keys” so that governments could open all communications would simply make the Internet – and the world – less secure and more dangerous.

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