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Artificial Creativity
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Machines are getting smarter. They have been for a long time. But is there anything uniquely human that they will never be able to do, like make art?

Kerepunu women at the marketplace of Kalo, British New Guinea, 1885
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A conversation with renowned biologist Jared Diamond, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Guns, Germs and Steel.” His new book is “The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?”

Length: 
11:00
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Africa needs to reclaim its history and its technology, says Clapperton Mavhunga, a native of Zimbabwe who's a professor in MIT's Program in Science, Technology and Society. He says the traditional hunt is a great example of how Africans have passed on generations of knowledge.

Siri listening in
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Do you ever get the feeling that your digital devices are eavesdropping on you?
 

Hackers and phishers, who can abuse surveillance gathering
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In a world filled with devices that could be used to listen in on our daily lives, how do you take back control of your privacy? Steve Paulson asked security reporter Lily Hay Newman.

Eyes everywhere
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The personal devices we live with and depend on — our computers, tablets, smartphones and more— all share information about us. Randolph Lewis tells more stories about how we’re being watched in a book called “Under Surveillance.”

Who's watching?
Airdates: 
January 13, 2018
September 22, 2018

Ever had the nagging suspicion that you’re being watched? You are. We all are.More

The people of Twitter
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About a year ago, a group of progressive activists started a campaign to buy Twitter. Give the public shares in everyone’s favorite social media platform and turn it into a co-op. How's that working out?

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8:30
Ann Bishop's Wikipedia page
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Women are underrepresented on Wikipedia. So Emily Temple-Wood recruited people to write more articles about notable women. In return, she got rape and death threats. Now, every time she's trolled, she writes a new Wikipedia bio of a female scientist.

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10:50
Black Lives Matter is just one movement whose online presence took root among black Twitter users.
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One person’s bubble can be another person’s safe space — a place where you don’t have to pretend and where you can feel supported and understood. For many black Americans, that place is Twitter. Media scholar Meredith Clark explains why.

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10:33

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