Artificial intelligence is already transforming our lives in many ways, and it has the potential to do so much more. But it seems like news headlines only focus on potential job loss and the end of the world than increased productivity and social benefits. Is this because our mental imagery of AI is so influenced by dystopian sci-fi novels and movies like Terminator? Or have policymakers not done enough to communicate honestly about the disruptions we face with AI? What can listeners of this podcast reasonably expect to see in the coming years? Is there even a single definition of AI that everyone can agree on? Evan is joined by Elizabeth Hudson, Senior Research Scientist of Machine Learning at Symbotic, an industrial robotics company, and Austin Carson, Executive Director of TechFreedom.
In 1975, “media” essentially meant television, radio, and newspapers. Obviously, today’s market looks way different thanks to the Internet and other developments. We have cable and satellite TV, online news, podcasts, and social media. We have “cord cutters” and “cord nevers,” and there are more ways to consume more content than ever before. In this competitive environment, however, many of the media regulations passed by the FCC in the 1970s still apply to TV, radio, and newspapers. Are these rules necessary to prevent consolidation, ensure competition, and promote a diversity of viewpoints? Or are they making it harder for traditional media to compete in the Digital Age? Evan is joined by Jerianne Timmerman, Senior VP and Senior Deputy General Counsel at the National Association of Broadcasters. For more, see her blog post.
Pop some champagne and untangle your headphones, as the Tech Policy Podcast is celebrating it's 200th episode. Woo! Evan sits down with Austin Carson, Executive Director of TechFreedom and an all-around normal guy. They celebrate this milestone, solving all of the world's problems in under 30 minutes and answering some of your burning questions. Are all New Yorkers this awful, or is it just Evan? Why can't Austin stop his hands hitting the table during recording? Is tech policy about to get really ugly, or can think tanks like TechFreedom help bind the wounds? If you've enjoyed this show, please consider donating to us to help keep it going.
The Internet has disrupted the way we communicate, entertain ourselves, and more. But what about how we take care of ourselves? While the Fitbit and Apple Watch are nice ways to track exercise, how often do we still have to fill out paper forms when we visit a doctor? Is there more to telemedicine than “counting steps?” Evan is joined by Nadia Morris, Director at the AT&T Connected Health Foundry in Houston, TX, an innovation center focusing on digital health technologies by working with startups, and established companies. They discuss what technology means for blindness, diabetes, opioid addiction, and other public health issues. Are bigger data sets the key to better health? How can universities use the “cloud” to do better research?
Russia's meddling in the 2016 election isn't exactly breaking news. But recently, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are facing an intense backlash from prominent Senators after revelations that Russian actors bought hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of ads meant to stoke division among Americans on hot button issues like gun control, race relations, and even the recent NFL protests. Should the Federal Election Commission regulate social media ads the same way it does television, radio, and direct mail? What would that mean for the free speech rights of Americans and U.S residents? Many are calling for social media platforms to be treated like public utilities. How might that impact the Internet? Evan discusses with FEC Commissioner Lee Goodman. For a different take, see his former colleague Ann Ravel’s op-ed here. For more on digital free speech, listen to our previous episodes with Goodman: #107 and #116.