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A critical look at new technologies, new approaches and new ways of thinking, from politics to media to environmental sustainability.

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A critical look at new technologies, new approaches and new ways of thinking, from politics to media to environmental sustainability.

    Reinventing research – Part Two: Impact, outputs, and the US National Research Cloud

    Reinventing research – Part Two: Impact, outputs, and the US National Research Cloud

    There’s bipartisan support in the United States for the establishment of a national AI research cloud. So, how would academics benefit and what role would big tech play in its operations? Also, problems with academic inclusivity in the developing world, and could alternative channels of distribution soon rival the primacy of peer-reviewed journals?

    • 30 min
    Reinventing research – Part One: future scenarios and moving away from the publish or perish mantra

    Reinventing research – Part One: future scenarios and moving away from the publish or perish mantra

    The research community is facing a “crisis of reproducibility”, according to the head of the Center for Open Science, Professor Brian Nosek. He says many of the traditional practices designed to make research robust, actually distort and diminish its effectiveness. In this episode, he details his ideas for reform. We also explore three plausible scenarios for how the academic sector could look in 2030.

    • 29 min
    Controlled Environmental Agriculture

    Controlled Environmental Agriculture

    Controlled Environmental Agriculture promises to be cleaner and greener. It’s focussed on technology and it’s essentially about bringing food production closer to the point of consumption. We examine the potential and the pitfalls.

    • 29 min
    One big game of Monopoly

    One big game of Monopoly

    Economists are predicting a further concentration of industries and sectors coming out of the COVID-19 crisis. What that will mean long-term remains uncertain. Meanwhile, in the tech sector, the giants of Silicon Valley are facing increased scrutiny. There are renewed calls in the US for tougher anti-trust regulation, but some doubt the effectiveness of such measures and argue instead for a wholesale rethinking of what we mean by competition.

    • 29 min
    Machine-enhanced decision making; and clapping, flapping drones

    Machine-enhanced decision making; and clapping, flapping drones

    Artificial Intelligence and other advanced technologies are now being used to make decisions about everything from family law to sporting team selection. So, what works and what still needs refinement? Also, they’re very small, very light and very agile - they clap as they flap their wings. Biologically-inspired drones are now a reality, but how and when will they be used?

    • 29 min
    The truth about carbon pricing and how to capture CO2

    The truth about carbon pricing and how to capture CO2

    Does carbon pricing work? It’s long been a contentious issue, but Australian researchers have crunched the data from 142 countries and now have what they reckon is the definitive answer. Also, are group purchasing plans the way to fund future renewable energy needs? And, the California research that could give new life to carbon, capture and storage.

    • 29 min

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