Artificial Intelligence in Industry with Dan Faggella (emerging technology)
Robotics and Culture, America vs. Japan - with Reno J. Tibke

What's up with the Japanese and all their robots? What makes the Japanese perspective on robotics and technology so much different than out own here in America?

Reno has spent over a dozen years in Japan, and continues to be a prolific writer and contributor in the domains of transhumanism, emerging technology, technology and social change, and robotics. In this interview we delve into the social and religious ideals that may account for the Japanese appraoch and emphasis in technology, as well as the future of emerging technology in general. How do the ideals of Shintoism play a part in the development of Androids? Tune into this episode to find out.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 5:55pm PDT

Jeff Orkin - Gaming and the Progress of Artificial Intelligence

How does the development of video games relate to AI's increasing role in our lives? How can games provide us with insight for applications everywhere? Jeff Orkin is a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from MIT, and co-founder of GiantOtter, a technology company built around Jeff's own work at MIT - where he took the data from real people playing "roles" in video games, and used that data (rather than some pre-programmed notions or ideas of his own) to create virtual "characters" to interact with. In this interview we talk about the future of Jeff's own innovations, as well as the progression and proliferation of artificial intelligence itself.

Direct download: Jeff_Orkin.mp3
Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 3:15am PDT

Neurala CEO Massimiliano Versace - Robotics, Startups, and the Future of "Work"

Massimiliano is CEO of Neurala, a Boston-based Robotics Startup company whose mission is to develop autonomy in machines. In this interview, we talk about the founding of the Startup team, Massimiliano's advice to keeping a diverse team cohesive, and his predictions for the ramifications of robotics and "telepresence" in society and work. Some notable quotes: "People will drive to work less often, and 'beam' to work more often," "People will not do dull tasks, they will be robot managers." Needless to say, it gets interesting.

Direct download: Max.mp3
Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 5:59pm PDT

Karl F. MacDorman - Our Potential Post-Human Future

Karl F. MacDorman received his PhD in Machine Learning from Cambridge University, and went on to teach at Osaka University - where he worked with some of the world's top roboticists. His research and writings are widely published, and his past experience as a CTO of two different venture companies gives him an even wider scope of the applications and implications of emerging technology. Here we discuss the potential of moving beyond human potential.

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 6:53pm PDT

Jim Karkanias is a Partner in Applied Research and Technology at Microsoft. His formal training is in the domain of information systems, and he's now working with a team at Microsoft (Health Solutions Group) in the area of genetic technologies. His perspective on the seeming inevitability of human enhancement involves Positivism in medicine, and taking biology / genetics from a "black box" to a "white box" situation (understanding the real functions and mechanisms of what makes us tick).

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Category:Emerging Technology -- posted at: 2:42pm PDT