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June 24, 2017
There is a lot of research being conducted around adult, multipotent stem cells and their benefits later in life. Forever Labs is helping to store your adult stem cells now in the hopes that current scientific research will lead to treatments that not only help heal you when you're sick, but maybe keep you young? I spoke with Steven Clausnitzer, CEO, and Mark Katakowski, President, of Forever Labs about the potentials of storing your adult stem cells.
May 15, 2017
In the last year we have really seen the proliferation of “chatbots”.. What is a chatbot? Well, it’s a service… it’s usually powered by rules, and sometimes there’s some weak AI involved (but that is likely to ramp up especially as natural language understanding improves). It could be any number of things, but usually you’re “chatting” with it. Whether it be through a chat product like Slack or Facebook Messenger or on a website. Chatbots can serve any number of purposes. Like you describing the ideal shoe you are looking for, and the bot making suggestions… or ordering a Lyft for you… or update you on the news you care about, or even becoming your ideal best friend like the bot Replika. I spoke with Phil Libin, Partner at General Catalyst and Bot extraordinaire about Why Bots and Why now… Lauren Kunze, CEO of PandoraBots on the past, present, and future of chatbots, and finally Max Hawkins and Will Doenlen about the CEO bot that they built that planned their trip to Japan.
May 15, 2017
Live coverage from the March for Science!
April 14, 2017
The election of Donald Trump left some open questions about protecting the open and free internet. The safety of Net Neutrality has become a cause of concern. Net Neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) and governments regulating the Internet should treat all data on the Internet the same, essentially that no matter who the user is , what the content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication, etc. does not matter. Net Neutrality is safe for now, though the new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has hinted this is something he is looking to change. But there isn’t only Net Neutrality March 30th, an entirely Republican Congress elected to roll back the FCC privacy rules for ISPs. This allows ISPs to sell your private internet browsing data. On April 3rd, President Trump signed this in to law. So what can we do to protect ourselves online and what is the future for Net Neutrality? My guest this week is Peter Eckersley, the chief computer scientist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is an international non-profit digital rights group that has fought for our rights online for over 25 years.
March 29, 2017
I traveled again to Austin, Texas for SXSW and managed to find a host of interesting things: - Two robots "debating" self-driving cars. - Pavement that powers street lights. - VR to distract children from getting their blood drawn. - Wobble Works 3D printing pens. - Sensel, creating all types of sounds (and art) with one device. - Odin's DIY CRISPR-kit - Women In Tech... - The Humanized Internet
March 29, 2017
America's Founding Fathers designed our Democratic Republic over 200 years ago... Before access to information was as easy as a Google search or you could fly from one end of the country to another significantly faster than you could travel from Monticello to New York in 1780. Not to mention the size, both geographically and in population. Perhaps it’s time for a governance update? My guest this week is Parag Khanna. He is an international relations expert and best-selling author. His latest book, “Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State” discusses how we can use a combination of direct-democracy and technocracy to actually make America Great.
Jan. 20, 2017
Deep Space is defined as the regions beyond the gravitational influence of Earth encompassing interplanetary, interstellar, and intergalactic space… We have all heard of these objects we’ve sent out into the solar system, like Voyager 1 and 2 or New Horizons who gave us those beautiful shots of Pluto, or curiosity whose roaming around Mars, but, how do we get all those glorious images or all of the data back to earth… the answer… the Deep Space Network (DSN). The DSN consists of three sites, each with multiple antennas all focusing up at the sky. Located in Canberra, Australia; Madrid, Spain; and the first at Goldstone, CA. Goldstone has 7 active antennas all of which are bringing the data back from space to us. You can think of the DSN as FedEx in some ways - it’s the first point of contact. The DSN receive the parcels of data, but they do not see what is inside… they then send that data for processing to JPL, for example. For over the last 50 years the DSN has been communicating with spacecraft that we have sent through our solar system and beyond... My guest this week is Don Westbrook the Goldstone Deep Space Communication Complex Manager.
Dec. 16, 2016
One of my favorite things about Los Angeles, is it’s diversity. We are one of the most multicultural cities in the world and much of that is reflected in our, output. There are lots of different types of events across LA that highlight the blurring line between art and technology. This week we are talking about two of them: Ghosting TV and Next Art Night. I am joined by Kris of Ghosting TV and Natalie of Next Art Night to talk about the growing community surrounding art and tech in Los Angeles.
Dec. 3, 2016
Our guest is recently released, Barrett Brown. Mr. Brown is an American Journalist who currently writes a column for the Intercept, which he started while he was in jail and it won a National Magazine Award this year. Prior to 2011, Brown had ties to the hacktavist Anonymous collective and has been described as a sometimes spokesperson for Anonymous. The Rolling Stone published an article about Barrett in 2013 titled "Barrett Brown: America's Least Likely Political Prisoner." Brown has been in custody since December 12, 2012 and after a plea bargain in January 2015, Brown was sentenced to five years and three months in Federal prison. His trial drew the attention of the national and international media and many characterized it as a gross abuse of prosecutorial discretion. Our interview with him will go into more detail about the charges that he was sentenced for. One of the most serious aspects of this case is the fact that he was convicted and served time in part for copying and pasting a link and sharing it with people in the online community that he created as a journalist called, Project PM, which analyzed and investigate leaked information. He was released from jail on November 29, 2016 after spending four years inside. Our interview with him covers the unusual circumstances of his investigation, trial and imprisonment, President-Elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama's uses and abuses of America's surveillance system and legal system, lessons he believes American's can learn from his case, his thoughts on the current state of the media and its future as well as his own.
Sept. 28, 2016
Sharks are the top of the food chain, but it’s amazing what little is known about the great balance keepers of the ocean. I’ve been obsessed with sharks, especially the great white shark for as long as I can remember. They are one of the most misunderstood species. Up until very recently, most research on the white sharks was done post-mortem or brief observations in the wild, but this leaves many unanswered questions - like how far are they traveling - where are the breeding - where’s the nursery for the pups? Enter OCEARCH. They have been tagging and taking samples from great whites, and other species of sharks. My guest this week Chris Fischer the founding chairman and expedition leader of OCEARCH.