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Notes from the Electronic Cottage 12/7/18

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Holiday Season & Tempting Digital Do-Dads

This holiday season, there are all sorts of tempting digital do-dads that promise to enhance convenience in order to entice us to part with our dollars as we try to bring smiles to the faces of our loved ones. Convenience is great but dollars aren’t the only thing we often pay for convenience.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 11/29/18

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Tech & Life Sciences

We humans are learning more and more about how we work as organisms. We’re learning how the brain works, even, some suggest, about how to read thoughts that are never spoken. We’re learning a lot about DNA, the blueprints of who we are. These are exciting times in research. What happens to that research and how it is used can be another matter as these examples indicate.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 11/22/18

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Digital Holiday Hints

So even though it¹s only Thanksgiving, the holiday shopping season is upon us with a vengeance. Here are a few things to keep in mind while shopping for digitally connected toys or home appliances. The biggest one is: take a moment to understand how they work and whether they will really suit your child, or your household.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 11/15/18

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Cashless Society

There’s move afoot in many parts of the world to essentially eliminate cash as a form of payment for goods or services. There are lots of advantages to a cashless society – and some pretty big disadvantages. Let’s ponder both for a few minutes.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 11/8/18

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

What Can Our Ears Believe?

We know that we need to be careful believing what we see since the advent of photo editing tools. Now we need to be careful believing what we hear as well. Here’s why.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 11/1/18

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Humans and Machines

Pretty near every week we hear about some new technological development in self-driving cars. Life will probably change for many of us as these new cars become more common on the roadways. Perhaps less familiar to most of us are some of the much more personal ways that technology will affect the interaction of humans and machines. Here are a couple that offer amazing possibilities for those who are trapped inside themselves in one way or another.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 10/25/18

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

The Holy Grail of marketers is to be able to price each item they sell at an individualized price based on the willingness and ability to pay of each individual buyer. Sound far-fetched? That day is getting closer, whether we are aware of it or not. Here’s why.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 10/18/18

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

One of the big arguments in favor of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is that machines have no emotions and hence no biases. The first assertion is true – at least so far – but the part about having no biases? Maybe not so true because, after all, machines are programmed, at least initially, by people and people, unlike machines, do have emotions. As AI becomes more and more ubiquitous in our everyday lives, it seems like a good idea to think about just how unbiased machines really are.