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Each episode explores how today’s technology is transforming tomorrow — from our biology, habits, relationships, spaces to our place in the universe.

Think: Digital Futures 2SER 107.3

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Each episode explores how today’s technology is transforming tomorrow — from our biology, habits, relationships, spaces to our place in the universe.

    Preserving Video Game History

    Preserving Video Game History

    Advances in technology and art require a solid foundation of history in order to improve, progress and innovate. What happens when that history is tied up with copyright restrictions or only exists as an expensive artifact? With video games the highest earning entertainment products, can publishers be forgiven for protecting their investments by deciding what relics from the past we now get to discover, or should these long lost treasures be more accessible?

    Featured: Dr Jaime Garcia Deputy Director (T&L Engagement), Faculty of Engineering and IT, Co-director UTS Games Studio
     
    Music: 
    Lexica - Albatross (courtesy of Endemic Sound)
    DEX - Light In Reverse (courtesy of Endemic Sound)
    Ben Salter - Semi- Pro Gamer (courtesy of the artist)

    • 21 min
    Deepfakes and Social Identity

    Deepfakes and Social Identity

    • 15 min
    Artificial Intelligence and Beer

    Artificial Intelligence and Beer

    Do you trust a robot with your beer?
    Featured:

    Doctor Nick Bennett: Senior Lecturer, School of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

    Danielle MacDonald: Brewer, Sydney Brewery

    Produced and Presented by: Cameron M. Furlong
    Music by Trev Lewis from Hagfilms; sourced from Freesound.org. Outro music Modern Compersion One Man Book.
    AI will soon have a say in how you beer tastes. Researchers at UTS are developing new brewing technologies that will be able to monitor the brewing of beer at every step of the process. This could lead to more economical and cheaper brews, and the micro-analysis of the process means that brews could be cloned to twin breweries around the world. Can an AI analyst hold a candle to the experience and intuition of a human brewer, or will their own individual strengths elevate the process?

    • 12 min
    3D Printing Stem Cells

    3D Printing Stem Cells

    Can a printer save a life?
    Featured:

    Professor Majid Warkiani: Biomedical Engineer, University of Technology Sydney

    Sajad Razavi Bazaz: Biomedical Engineer, PHD Candidate, UTS


    Produced and Presented by: Andrew Herlinger
    Music by Trev Lewis from Hagfilms, Drakensson, and TheoTer. Sourced from Freesound.org

    Stem cell research offers great promise in the treatment of Australians living with diseases, cancers or a physical disfigurement.
    But with that potential comes concerns over its tendency to being labour intensive, time consuming and expensive.
    As such, there is plenty of research being conducted that is looking to reduce its costs and time in a way that is both ethical and profitable for those that are investing money into this area.
    Think Digital Futures' Andrew Herlinger investigates.

    • 29 min
    Robot and Human Trust

    Robot and Human Trust

    Does your robot trust you?
    As research hastens to making Brain-Computer Interfaces between robots and human a reality, we ought to examine the cultural significance behind it. We must consider the definition of “trust” and how it can be applied to an interface between a robot and a human. We can easily understand how much a human trusts a robot, but have you ever considered if a robot can trust a human? Can we even consider it at all? Cameron M. Furlong investigates.
    Features:

    Distinguished Professor CT Lin, UTS School of Computer Science

    Doctor Chris Muller, Senior Lecturer, Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Language and Literature


    Produced and Presented by: Cameron M. Furlong
    Music by Trev Lewis from Hagfilms, Drakensson, and TheoTer. Sourced from Freesound.org

    • 22 min
    Hey Google, Is That a Fact?

    Hey Google, Is That a Fact?

    What happens when you ask Google to tell you the truth?
    Featured:
    Associate Professor Heather Ford: Head Of Discipline Digital and Social Media, UTS
    Produced and Presented by: Lawrence Bull
    Music: Theme for Empty Stage by Luella Gren
    It’s never been so easy to access quick information – a third of Australian adults use virtual assistants. But are we getting the facts?

    • 16 min

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