Years ago, mothers used to place their hands on their children's foreheads to determine if they had a fever. Thermometers now can provide more precise measurements and, thus, more appropriate health care. Like the thermometer, can we use social media to do the same for mental illness? But what do we risk by opening our social channels to algorithmic observance? Dr. Munmun De Choudhury has spent years investigating what our social media can say about our mental health.
What does a prohibition-era speakeasy have in common with modern-day cybersecurity? How can ancient biblical tales inform our development of such systems? To finally convince mainstream society to adopt good security behaviors in the future, is it imperative that we look, instead, to our past? School of Interactive Computing Assistant Professor Sauvik Das thinks so.
The emergence of artificial intelligence in society has elicited visceral reactions from people the world over, many of whom, thanks to portrayals in popular culture, can’t quite decide whether they believe we are building the future – or destroying it. Are we actually dealing with “killer robots?” Why has the public perception become so polarizing? Can we trust algorithms to make appropriate and trustworthy decisions, or do we risk too much by turning power over to the robots? Professor Ron Arkin, an expert in robotics and roboethics joins the podcast to discuss.
On March 18, 2018, a self-driving vehicle in Tempe, Arizona, was involved in a fatal crash that resulted in the death of a pedestrian crossing the street at night. As a result, tests on self-driving cars by the company were suspended in four major cities and the inevitable questions arose: Should human “drivers” be responsible for their autonomous hosts? How do we train self-driving cars to perform risk analysis in real time? Ultimately, are travelers safer with autonomous vehicles on the road?
Featuring IC Communications Officer David Mitchell
In the School of Interactive Computing, we are all about – you guessed it – interaction. From investigating the ways in which computing impacts humans on a daily basis to the way we as a school interact with industry and academic community through our research, we believe we are better for our ability to collaborate, discuss, and find solutions for life’s big issues. Here from School Chair Ayanna Howard as she details our goals for this podcast and how you, the listener, can get involved.