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Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Ethics of Artificial Intelligence Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, 22.99 MB
Thu 4 May 2017

There's growing urgency to have a global conversation about the future we are forging with artificial intelligence - questions about the benefits and the potential costs of Artificial Intelligence need to asked. An upcoming University of Auckland lecture series tries to tackle this subject all throughout the month of May. One of the speakers in the series, Associate Professor Ian Watson from the University's Department of Computer Science, is doing a talk on the 25th of May about the ethics of Artificial Intelligence. News director Ximena caught up with him earlier this morning to learn more about the focus of his talk.

Report: Commerce Commission says no to #StuffME

Report: Commerce Commission says no to #StuffME Report: Commerce Commission says no to #StuffME, 4.4 MB
Wed 3 May 2017

A delayed court decision this morning has ruled on the largest media merger in New Zealand history. In a public press conference this morning, Commerce Commission chair Dr Mark Berry announced their decision upon the the authorisation for NZME and Fairfax to merge their media operations in New Zealand.

95bFM Reporter Adam Jacobson investigates the commission's decision.

New book looks at what language is and where it came from

New book looks at what language is and where it came from New book looks at what language is and where it came from, 9.85 MB
Wed 3 May 2017

Language is something we might take for granted, but it’s no secret we have a greater ability to tell stories and offer explanations than any other species. Why is this, and where did language come from? In his new book,’The Truth About Language’, Michael Corballis asks these questions to try unpack the complex subject that is language. Adam Jacobson catches up with the University of Auckland psychology professor to learn more.

 

New publication seeking submissions about mental health experiences

New publication seeking submissions about mental health experiences New publication seeking submissions about mental health experiences, 7.6 MB
Wed 3 May 2017

It’s become apparent through recent discussions in the media about mental health that there’s public support to do more about the issue and to keep the conversation going about the diversity of kiwi experiences with mental health. Two awesome women wanting to do their bit in stimulating this conversation are Charlotte-Rose Ruddell & Liv Young. They are launching a new publication called Mental, which is seeking submissions from people who are willing to share their personal experiences with mental health. Ximena speaks to them to learn more about project.

Queer open mic night taking place tomorrow night

Queer open mic night taking place tomorrow night Queer open mic night taking place tomorrow night, 3.22 MB
Wed 3 May 2017

Breaking Boundaries is a grassroots LGBTQI creative arts organisation doing heaps of awesome projects and initiatives for the local queer community. Coming up tomorrow is a queer open mic night down at Grid AKL Tech Cafe - the event is open for everyone, and is about encouraging young queer and trans voices to take the stage and share their experiences with the crowd (with a few performances from special guests in the mix as well!). Ximena caught up with Breaking Boundaries co-founder Joni Nelson to find out more about the event.

 

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday May 3, 2017

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday May 3, 2017 The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday May 3, 2017, 52.48 MB
Wed 3 May 2017

This week, Ximena & Adam unashamedly chat about some pretty nerdy subjects at the front end of the show, namely the Fairfax & NZME merger, the history of language, and a solid twenty minutes of Dear Science dedicated to a misunderstood sea creature. They also chat to some cool Aucklanders doing some awesome projects - they hear from the founders of a new publication about mental health, and then from the co-founder of an arts organisation for queer youth about an open-mic event happening tomorrow night.

Exiled Tibetan leader visits Aotearoa

Exiled Tibetan leader visits Aotearoa Exiled Tibetan leader visits Aotearoa, 6.43 MB
Tue 2 May 2017

The leader of Tibet's government in exile makes his first New Zealand visit, drawing attention to a recent spike in self-immolations.

Conflict bubbles to the surface in South Sudan

Conflict bubbles to the surface in South Sudan Conflict bubbles to the surface in South Sudan, 2.53 MB
Tue 2 May 2017

Fighting has broken out in South Sudan, displacing tens of thousands. Mack speaks with a Doctors Without Borders spokesperson on the ground to find out the latest.

Beloved Cassini spacecraft makes one last trip

Beloved Cassini spacecraft makes one last trip Beloved Cassini spacecraft makes one last trip, 7.43 MB
Tue 2 May 2017

A spacecraft launched for Saturn 20 years ago is running out of fuel and making a final run into the planet. Mack talks to two astronomers about the Cassini’s history.

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday May 2, 2017

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday May 2, 2017 The Wire with Mack: Tuesday May 2, 2017, 105.24 MB
Tue 2 May 2017

Check out the full podcast for this week's Tuesday show, where we speak to exiled Tibetan Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay about his visit to New Zealand, two astronomers about the soon-to-be-farwelled Cassini spacecraft, the author of a new book about the neo-liberalisation of higher education, and more.