Show TimesTuesday - 11:00 am - 12:00 pmTuesday - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Each week presenter Piers Cunningham discusses a range of fascinating topics ranging from new apps for your smart phone, great websites we’ve unearthed and the latest gadgets through to human and robotic space exploration, plus podcasts from around the world.
We have regular guests talking about how to harness new technologies and the implications of the latest scientific thinking. Listeners are assured of finding something to whet their appetite for science and tech and point them in the right direction for further reading or study.
Piers Cunningham as a background in publishing and journalism while more recently he’s been occupied renovating houses.
His interests include music, film making, travel, space exploration and of course, given the subject matter of BI, science and technology.
- Book Review – Chasing New HorizonsA ripping yarn about the hugely successful New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, by Alan Stern, principal investigator and astrobiologist David Grinspoon. After 25 years of painstaking work, scientists involved were astounded to find that the icy world has been geologically active throughout its four billion year… Read more »
- AI’s Double-Edged SwordTo highlight potential advantages and disadvantages of artificial intelligence, a website called thispersondoesnotexist.com displays believable images of AI generated people who don’t exist. Meanwhile, OpenAI’s GPT2 “deep fakes for text” can produce believable stories with no connection to reality or truth, revealing AI’s mastery and comprehension of language. And ‘Summit’,… Read more »
- Eyes Are The Window To the Soul – And Your Future HealthVerily, part of Alphabet, is creating algorithms which use machine learning to create completely new medical insight, without human direction. One use is to analyse eye scans to make accurate predictions about a person’s risk of heart attack. Further Reading Google’s new AI algorithm predicts heart disease by looking at… Read more »
- Active Volcanism On MarsA study by the Lunar and Planetary Lab at the University of Arizona suggests that Mars could still be geologically alive. Researchers think a suspected lake beneath the south pole could only be kept liquid by a hot magma chamber. Internal heating raises the chance of finding underground life. Further… Read more »
- LSD Back In Fashion For Medical Use?Recent studies using advanced brain scanning techniques are revealing new details of how LSD effects different parts of the brain. These insights could be important in the development of new medicines. Further Reading Study shows how LSD interferes with brain’s signalling Read more »
- Some Good News About PlasticBig companies like Samsung and KFC are curtailing their use of single use plastic and moving towards recyclable and biodegradable packaging materials. Hawaii and Bali are moving to get in on the act too by banning plastics for food and water in an effort to clean up their environment. Further… Read more »
- State Sponsored Cyber WarfareRussia wants a ‘kill switch’ on its internet connection to the outside world to protect it from cyber attack, while Australian political parties have been targeted in a sophisticated hack into parliamentary servers by a so-called state actor. Further Reading Russia wants to unplug itself from the internet. Here’s how… Read more »
- Do Video Games Make Kids Violent?A study of 14 and 15 year old teenagers by the UK’s venerable Royal Society finds no link between violent video games and acts of violence in the real world. Further Reading No evidence playing violent video games leads to aggressive behaviour in teens, study finds Violent video game engagement… Read more »
- Political Ambitions Of A Bee ActivistAfter a good showing as an independent candidate in the 2018 Victorian state election for the seat of Nepean, Simon now intends to run for the seat of Flinders in the upcoming federal election to be held in May. He gives his thoughts on the fate of the incumbent, health… Read more »