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Think: Digital Futures
20 minutes | Jul 31, 2021
A digital archive to support Indigenous repatriation
A huge repatriation effort has been ongoing for decades, in an attempt to return the ancestors and sacred objects of Indigenous people back to their homeland. We speak to two men who’ve helped develop a digital archive - to support that movement.Featured:Steve Hemming, associate professor, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, UTSDaryle Rigney, a citizen of the Ngarrindjeri nation, Director of the Indigenous Nations and Collaborative Futures Research hub, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, UTSProducer/Presenter: Julia Carr-CatzelMusic: Epidemic Sound, Blue Dot Sessions
14 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
How do we extract renewables minerals sustainably?
As we expand our mining of minerals for the green energy transition, we may harm the biodiversity of surrounding areas and cause other environmental consequences. How are researchers developing alternative technologies to extract metals like Lithium sustainably?Featured:Professor Rick Valenta, Director of the WH Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre, Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of QueenslandDr Gayathri Naidu, researcher, Centre for Technology in Water and Wastewater, UTSProducer/Presenter: Julia Carr-CatzelMusic: Epidemic Sound
21 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Are new surveillance laws encroaching on privacy?
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has jumped on the opportunity to expand surveillance laws following the success of Operation Ironside. But members of the cybersecurity community say new laws have been rushed and may encroach on individual privacy. Featured:Patrick Fair, commercial lawyer with expertise in intellectual property, competition law, telecommunications and privacy lawEric Pinkerton, cybersecurity consultant, Trustwave Dr Priyardarsi Nanda, senior lecturer, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, UTS Music: Epidemic SoundProducer/Presenter: Julia Carr-Catzel
26 minutes | Jul 11, 2021
The ethics of genetic testing in IVF
As a parent, you would do whatever you could to ensure that your child has a good life. But what if you knew that your unborn child would have a condition that would severely impact their quality of life? What if you could, at the earliest possible stage, choose against this?Featured:Dr Peter Illingworth, Medical Director, IVF AustraliaProfessor Isabel Karpin, School of Law, University of Technology SydneySteph Agnew, disability and IVF advocateProducer/Presenter: Toby Hemmings
16 minutes | Jun 6, 2021
Are digital mental health services working?
Which groups of Australians are benefiting most from digital mental health services? And how are psychologists adapting their practice to incorporate these new tools?Featured:Richard Mason, Batyr Lived Experience SpeakerBethany Wootton, Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology, UTSProducer/Presenter: Julia Carr-CatzelMusic: Epidemic Sound
29 minutes | May 28, 2021
3D printing hearts, ears and skin
The technological capabilities of 3D printers continue to advance. In this episode, we explore the capability of 3D bio-printing, the printing of biological structures, such as heart tissue, bones, and skin. Could 3D printed heart tissue replace heart transplants in the future? What hurdles are there to implementing this technology in hospitals in Australia?Featured:Dr Carmine Gentile, lecturer at UTS School of Biomedical Engineering, group leader of the cardiovascular regeneration group at the University of Technology Sydney and the University of SydneyAssociate Professor Payal Mukherjee, an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeon, ENT lead for research from Royal Prince Alfred’s Institute of Academic Surgery, Clinical Associate Professor of surgery at the University of Sydney, Adjunct Professor at the University of Wollongong and the current chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons NSW.Dr Matthew Rimmer, Professor of intellectual property and innovation at the Queensland University of Technology.Presenter/Producer: Marlene EvenMusic: Epidemic SoundSound: 3D bio-printer recording, by Dr Carmine Gentile, second recording by Associate Professor Payal Mukherjee, Professor Gordon Wallace AO, Director ARC Centre for Electromaterial Science and his team.
17 minutes | May 23, 2021
Automation and redefining work
Machines are beginning to replace human judgement and other cognitive tasks, not just physical labour, seeing millions of unemployed in coming decades. What will become of the unemployed masses? Idleness and depression? Or bountiful travel and leisure? And how will we distribute welfare equally?Featured:Dikai Liu, Director, Robotics Institute, UTSBenjamin Hunnicutt, historian, professor of work and leisure, Iowa UniversityProducer/Presenter: Julia Carr-CatzelMusic: Epidemic sound
20 minutes | May 7, 2021
NFTs and the future of digital art
How are NFTs redefining the art world? Are blockchain powered marketplaces empowering artists or harming the the environment?Featured:Craig Blackmoore, digital artist, founder House of BlackmooreJaysson Guerrero, senior research consultant, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology SydneyProducer/presenter: Julia Carr-CatzelMusic:Epidemic soundSome of us, Craig Blackmoore
20 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Google and ethical AI
Why has Google fired members of its ethical AI team? How pervasive are problematic algorithms in society? And who is holding developers of new technologies to account? We speak to leading AI researchers about current challenges facing the industry.Featured:Tiberio Caetano, Chief Scientist, Gradient InstituteProfessor Fang Chen, Executive Director of Data Science, University of Technology SydneyProducer/presenter: Julia Carr-CatzelMusic: Epidemic sound
20 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
Online devices and privacy
Online devices are becoming ubiquitous in our lives. Some of them are convenient, or even essential- others are just fun novelties. But many people haven’t considered the security risk of, for example, having a camera connected to the internet in their home- or a doll that records their children’s voices.In this episode we’re looking at the risks and benefits of Internet of Things technology- and how you can make sure your devices aren’t giving away your personal information
23 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
They say that nothing gets things moving like a crisis.In this episode of Think: Digital Futures, we’ll take a closer look at how your smartphone is fundamentally changing the way we interact with government services.In today’s world of delivery food and Zoom meetings, should accessing government services be as easy as ordering a pad thai?Or will ridding the public service of the pens and paper that have fueled their longevity simply end in one big glitch?
17 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
Sensing the future
Sensors, ever smaller and cheaper, can collect ever more nuanced sets of data. With that data, we can understand our world in ever more detail. That can mean cleaner air in our cities, more efficient water usage, or even saving a rainforest species.
20 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
As climate breakdown makes farming an evermore unstable and unpredictable industry, technology is developing ways to maximise the efficiency of agriculture. This episode we look at how internet enabled devices, machine learning, and artificial intelligence are being used to improve farming practices in Australia.
20 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
A constant drone
Drones are all around us these days... everyone seems to own one, for better or worse. But should we be more wary of these flying sentinels? While they've proven to be effective in some of our biggest challenges, like wildlife conservation, they also pose massive risks to our civil liberties, and widen the surveillance state.
23 minutes | Nov 27, 2020
The fourth industrial revolution
We're living in an era of unprecedented change... just like previous industrial revolutions, our current one (well underway) is more than the sum of its technological advances; it's the incredible social change that goes along with it.Join former World Economic Forum advisor and author Nicholas Davis, as he discusses why we shouldn't be hands off when it comes to tech, the power of AI... and just what still makes us human in this tech age.
16 minutes | Nov 20, 2020
Predicting super bugs
Scientists have been warning the world about the rise of anti-microbial resistance for decades now- some strains of diseases like gonorrhea, tuberculosis and staph infections are almost completely resistant to even our most powerful drugs. A new project, headed up by the University of Technology Sydney, is working on tracking where this resistance develops, and predicting where resistant microbes might pop up next. We speak to some of the scientists on the project, about how it works, and who it can help.
18 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
Block to the future
Blockchain, Bitcoin... maybe you switch off when you hear those terms. But the cutting edge technology, and all the exciting possibilities it raises, can be summed up in one word: trust. From making sure your coffee really is fair trade, to trading solar power hours with your neighbour, blockchain is taking is to the future.
20 minutes | Nov 4, 2020
As more of our lives move online, could our democratic rights also be exercised on the internet? Is voting from your phone or computer as safe as popping your ballot into a cardboard box on election day? This week we look at the ins and out of electronic voting- how it's used, and how it could be expanded on in Australia.
24 minutes | Oct 9, 2020
Since 2015, Australia has been developing a database of citizen's biometrics, to be fed into facial recognition software for the purpose of combating crime and identity theft. Most Australians are unaware of the scheme- but if you have a passport or state issued photo ID, your face is in this vast database. In this episode we look at the efficacy of facial recognition, and the implications of its use in Australia.
19 minutes | Oct 2, 2020
A fair fight
The world's biggest tech companies are in a big fight... with an Australian organisation. The ACCC has presented a plan that will force Facebook and Google pay more for news content shared on their sites. It could save the dying journalism industry, but so far, they're not playing ball.
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