Notes from the Electronic Cottage 9/29/22: AI Online Processing 1

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not just for big corporations any more. AI is emerging as a way for regular folks to more quickly and simply get their work done, create new things, and change how they look or sound online. Let’s take a look at some of those emerging, and sometimes quite remarkable possibilities, and even try out a couple of very impressive ones.

About the host:
Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon’s words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station’s sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 9/22/22: September ’22 Headlines

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Have you heard the Amazon’s Ring Doorbell division is teaming up with Amazon’s MGM division to create a new TV series called “Ring Nation” hosted by comedian Wanda Sykes? What could possibly go wrong? Plenty.

About the host:
Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon’s words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station’s sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 9/15/22: September ’22 Headlines

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

There is a lot going on in the digital world these days. We can’t cover all of it in these short programs but we can at least summarize the stories behind a a selection of very recent headlines that some folks may have missed in the switch from summer time to school time. Here are a few.

About the host:
Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon’s words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station’s sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 9/8/22: Believing What We See Online

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Can we believe what we see online? Maybe not so much anymore.

Here are the links mentioned in today’s program:
DALL·E 2 – a new AI system that can create realistic images and art from a description in natural language.
How to Create Synthetic AI Art With Midjourney, Joe Fedewa, 8/9/22, How-to-Geek
Github CompVis Stable Diffusion

About the host:
Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon’s words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station’s sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 9/1/22: Encryption Explained 2022

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

We’re hearing a lot about encryption these days. Some in law enforcement think it is a bad thing. Others think it is the best way to protect personal communications and privacy. But what is encryption and why are there such different perceptions of encryption in today’s digital world? Here’s a start of an answer.

About the host:
Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon’s words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station’s sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 8/25/22: Electronic Fingerprinting

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Have you been digitally fingerprinted lately? If you use the web, chances are pretty good that you – or at least your computer or tablet or smart phone – have been. But what the heck is a digital fingerprint anyway and why should we care? Listen up.

Here is a link to a site mentioned in today’s program. Give it a read – and a try:

About the host:
Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon’s words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station’s sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 8/18/22: Online Privacy After Roe v Wade Overturn

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

We are starting to see the effects of our digital world on individual women now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v Wade. Here are links to further investigate the issues mentioned in today’s program:

These Companies Know When You’re Pregnant—And They’re Not Keeping It Secret, Gizmodo “Gizmodo identified 32 brokers selling data on 2.9 billion profiles of U.S. residents pegged as ‘actively pregnant’ or ‘shopping for maternity products.'”

Google Maps Regularly Misleads People Searching for Abortion Clinics, Davey Alba and Jack Gillum, August 15, 2022, Bloomberg

EXPLAINER: Online privacy in a post-Roe world, The Associated Press, August 10, 2022

In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer, Natasha Singer and Brian X. Chen, New York Times, Published July 13, 2022; Updated July 20, 2022

About the host:
Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon’s words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station’s sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 8/11/22: Summer Encore 10: Neural Privacy Follow-up

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Isn’t is great to be able to think anything we want and know that what we think is safe within our own minds? Do you even wonder how long that will continue to be true? If not, you should. Here’s why.

Here is a link to the report referenced in today’s program

About the host:
Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon’s words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station’s sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage.