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Notes from the Electronic Cottage 2/21/19

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Two Questions: Pwn and 5G

Today, let’s look at two current tech questions to see what they mean and why they matter: (1) have I been pwned?, and (2) what is 5G, and is it really here yet?

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 2/14/19

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Fair Use Week 2019

Fair Use Week is coming right up. Here are some reasons why it is important to anyone who uses the web. The URLs mentioned today are:
fairuseweek.org/resources
www.law.duke.edu/cspd/comics

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 2/7/19

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Facial Recognition Update 2019

“Imagine a government tracking everywhere you walked over the past month without your permission or knowledge. Imagine a database of everyone who attended a political rally that constitutes the very essence of free speech…” Words of some tin-hat wearing technophobe? Nope, the words of Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, talking about the potential of uncontrolled use of facial recognition technology, a technology whose uses he and many others feel requires government oversight. Here’s why.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 1/31/19

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

AI – Good and Bad

Today, a couple of truly amazing tech developments in speech and facial analysis which, as most tech, offers some wonderful benefits, and some serious downsides.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 1/24/19

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Location, location, location

in real estate the most valuable thing is said to be “location, location, location.” digital service providers would agree which is why so many try to wring location data about us from everything we do online. so who is collecting data on where we are all the time and why should it matter to us? Hear are some very good reasons.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 1/17/19

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Bits & Bytes

One of the things that the Electronic Cottage hopes to do is to offer listeners a bit more information about the digital world we all inhabit these days. Every now and then, we figure it’s a good idea to go back to basics for a few minutes – back to really basis basics, so here, once again, is a discussion of what a “bit” is and what a “byte” is. They are, after all, the basic basis for every computer, smart watch, digital assistant, or any other electronic device that we use.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 1/10/19

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Digital Tune-up 3

We continue with our New Year’s Digital tune-up with three important questions.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 1/3/19

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Digital Tune-up 2

Before we get to the specifics of our New Year’s Digital Tune-up, a listener asked “why is there an Electronic Cottage?” That is a very useful question. Here’s an answer, which we hope is equally useful, compliments of Stephen Hawking and Isaac Asimov.