Aired: January 25, 2020

The Future is Now

Abstract visualization of big data using colors and lines

Abstract visualization of big data using colors and lines. Image source: KamiPhuc / Flickr. Licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

  • Toward a Data Democracy (16 min.)

    With: Sylvester Johnson (Virginia Tech)

    AI technologies are really human issues. Sylvester Johnson  says we humans must decide for ourselves how to live in a world where intelligent machines and algorithmic systems are deciding issues of medicine, electricity, prison sentences and who is eligible for public assistance.

  • The Impact of Over Blocking (12 min.)

    With: Alex Monea (George Mason University)

    Google uses computer vision algorithms to filter out unwanted pornographic images from our search results. Alex Monea explains how this filter is sometimes applied overbroadly, censoring LGBTQIA+ discourse and sex education.

  • Are all genetically modified fish dangerous? (13 min.)

    With: Eric Hallerman (Virginia Tech)

    When the Food and Drug Administration approved the production and sale of genetically modified salmon in 2015, some consumers were alarmed by the prospect of consuming “Frankenfish.” But are all genetically modified foods dangerous? Eric Hallerman makes the case for accepting some of them.


  • Like Google Maps, but for fish (11 min.)

    With: Sara Maxwell (University of Washington-Bothell)

    What if there was an app that worked like GoogleMaps, but for marine animals? Sara Maxwell (University of Washington-Bothell) is using satellite tracking to help fisheries avoid catching animals like whales, turtles, and sharks while they’re hunting for other fish.



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