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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    It seems like tech White Hats are always trying harder to devise more secure ways to protect our computers and information, and Black Hats are trying just as hard to break those protection systems. Now there is a technology developing that may either make secure encryption effectively impossible – or just maybe make it unbreakable. It’s called Quantum Computing and it promises computing power beyond anything available today.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Think self-driving cars are examples of amazing technology? They are but there even more amazing examples of human-machine interaction on the horizon which suggest that we are entering a time when machines and people are going to interact more and more directly and deeply. What kind of world are we creating? Here are some early glimpses.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    The prospects for science and technology in this country do not seem particularly bright at the moment judging by the words and actions coming out of Washington recently. But there are still amazing things going on in labs all over the world, especially at the intersection of health science and digital technology. Here are a few that could have a big impact on our everyday world before too long.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    With everything else going on lately in Washington, it was easy to forget that January 28 was Data Privacy Day, a day of growing importance in our current world. Here’s why privacy still matters in our digital world.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    What will the recent change in administrations in Washington mean for our everyday digital lives? It’s too early to tell for sure but some indications are available from the first few days of the new administration, and not everyone will be pleased with what they portend.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Is there anything sure when it comes to security on the web? Sad to say, the answer is, at least at present, no. That means that we each have to take a few extra steps and make some very personal decisions about what kind of business we choose to conduct over the web. Here are a few thoughts to mix in as you make your online choices.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    We recently looked at what author Cathy O’Neil calls “Weapons of Math Destruction,” big data algorithms that are impacting our lives but that we often don’t know exist, and certainly don’t have the means to examine those algorithms to see how they work and whether they are treating us fairly. A recent “beauty contest” judged by machines has become a poster child for what can go wrong with biased algorithms.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Algorithms affect our everyday lives on many levels and most of us have no idea they even exist let alone how they work. If we apply for a job, do a search on the Web, try to get into college, go to a bank for a loan – we are interacting with machine algorithms whether we know it or not. A 2016 book entitled “Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy” helps us regular folks to understand how algorithms are affecting us every day, and not always positively. Here’s why.

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