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The Stanford Improv RadioHour (or SIRaH) is the shortest hour of improv radio that's never actually made it to radio! Hosted by Matt Herrero and Magellan Pfluke, this podcast brings together all sorts of improvisers on Stanford campus to hang out, play, and be sillier than a Saltine Salamander, which is the confirmed silliest animal in North America! If you want to get in contact, with songs you think we should play on the show, questions for the improvisers, a link to your favorite wikipedi ...
 
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Evelyn and Alex discuss how China’s censors are struggling to contain information about the ongoing protests, how they are going on the offensive, and why that offensive includes an image of Alex with horns.They also, of course, check in on Twitter with the weekly Elon Musk segment, and discuss US-backed information operations.…
 
The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:E203 | Doug James: Computer-generated sound catches its graphical siblingNatural sounds in the world around us are based on the principles of physics. Today’s guest on Stanford Engineering’s The Future of Everything podcast, Doug James, uses those same principles to create computer-generated sounds to match…
 
Come for the discussion of whether Musk is going to find himself in hot water with the FTC, stay for the discussion of privacy and data security regulation more generally. Evelyn discusses Twitter’s data security problems and what this says about privacy regulation more generally with Whitney Merrill, the Data Protection Officer and Privacy Counsel…
 
Evelyn and Alex talk about what the Election Integrity Partnership saw online in terms of mis- and dis-information around the midterms, and what the results might mean for tech policy. And... Elon. Sigh. What a week. Twitter's security team resigned -- what does this mean for compliance with an FTC consent order and... what does it mean for Twitter…
 
The Future of Everything with Russ Altman: E202 | Mellisa ValentineThis episode's guest on Stanford Engineering’s The Future of Everything podcast, management science and engineering professor Melissa Valentine studies a workplace phenomenon known as the flash organization. These ad hoc groups of experts are assembled online and exist only long eno…
 
Evelyn and Alex discuss Musk's "just tweet through it" approach to Twitter ownership; the pros and cons of the great Mastodon Migration; Rumble pulling out of France over demands it block RT; the Intercept's (poor) reporting on DHS-Platform collaboration,; what to expect with the Midterms (GO VOTE!); and check in on legislative developments in Indi…
 
Our guest on this episode of Stanford Engineering's The Future of Everything podcast, Elaine Treharne, is an English professor and an authority on ancient manuscripts. She's using modern tools like machine learning to unlock the secrets hidden inside these aged pages. Despite frequent predictions of the demise of physical writing, she says, books w…
 
On this episode of Stanford Engineering's The Future of Everything podcast, robotics expert Oussama Khatib takes us on a deep dive into the vagaries of creating robots that swim. His most recent project is OceanOneK, a 200-pound, humanoid robot with stereoscopic vision and opposable thumbs that can travel nearly a thousand meters below the surface.…
 
When we talk about content moderation, we often focus on companies at the application layer of the internet, like the Facebooks and Twitters of the world. But there are a whole bunch of other companies in the internet stack that have the power to knock things offline. So what is similar or different about content moderation when it moves into the i…
 
This week Evelyn and Alex discuss severed fiber-optic cables in France, Kiwi Farms v2.0, worrying moves to crack down on online content in Turkey and Brazil, and how Republicans are going after our last line of defense against an unusable inbox: spam filters. Also Alex reveals Evelyn’s lack of knowledge about 19th Century Railroad regulation.…
 
The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:E198 | Desiree LaBeaud: The curious connection between plastic trash and infectious diseaseOn this episode of Stanford Engineering's The Future of Everything podcast, Stanford infectious disease expert Desiree LaBeaud talks trash, literally. She says carelessly discarded plastics can collect water, providin…
 
This week, Evelyn and Alex went long on one of the weirdest tech reporting stories they've ever heard. Last week, The Wire—an Indian news outlet—released a bombshell report alleging it had seen internal Instagram documents evidencing improper influence by the Indian government over Meta. Meta denied the reports and what followed was a back and fort…
 
The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:E199 | Alexandria Boehm: Wastewater helps reveal COVID’s real reachCivil and environmental engineer Alexandria Boehm joins Stanford Engineering’s The Future of Everything podcast to discuss how a new form of epidemiology is using the tools of engineering to test wastewater to track COVID-19’s true spread. T…
 
Earlier this month, the Supreme Court granted cert in two cases concerning the scope of platform liability for content on their services: Gonzalez v. Google, about whether platforms lose section 230 immunity when they recommend content to users, and Twitter v. Taamneh, about whether platforms can be found to have aided and abetted terrorism if they…
 
Stanford’s Evelyn Douek and Alex Stamos bring you the latest in online trust and safety news and developments, including two new Supreme Court cases, a Chinese influence operation targeting the US ahead of the mid-terms and PayPal’s accidental foray into content moderation discourse.Av Stanford Radio
 
The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:E197 | Is a good diagnosis possible without revealing your medical secrets?New cryptographic techniques allow patients to get personalized health care yet never divulge their medical secrets to anyone—even their doctors.On this episode of Stanford Engineering's The Future of Everything podcast, Stanford bio…
 
Last week the Fifth Circuit upheld a Texas social media law that, among other things, prevents platforms from discriminating against users based on their viewpoint. The leading opinion declared that a bunch of things we thought we knew about how the First Amendment and content moderation work are wrong. Next stop: the Supreme Court.Evelyn talks wit…
 
The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:E196 | The water problem that’s still unresolved in schools across the countryAccess to clean drinking water should be a given and there are health consequences for children when it’s not.Stanford pediatrics professor Anisha Patel tells us how engaging a local community about their health concerns can lead …
 
The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:E194 | A scientist uses radar technology to map the insides of ice sheetsThe technique helps us understand ice sheets right here on Earth -- and whether there could be life far, far beyond.To better understand the inner workings of glacier — which are often many kilometers in depth — researchers are using i…
 
Criminal law expert David A. Sklansky discusses the August 8 search by the FBI of Donald J. Trump’s Florida residence and the legal implications of news reports that the former president took more than 700 pages of classified documents, including some related to the nation’s most covert intelligence operations, to his private club.Originally aired …
 
The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:E195 | How un-syncing the brain can help Parkinson’s patientsAbnormal levels of neuronal synchronicity is a hallmark of many neurological conditions. A Stanford professor discusses how to alleviate their symptoms.When we think of synchrony, we often think of positive things, like ice skaters gliding in tand…
 
The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:E193 | How to put AI tools into the hands of primary care physiciansArtificial intelligence tools can improve patient care. But health care AI innovations are mostly in specialized areas. A Stanford physician explains why that needs to change.Primary care medicine represents 52% of all care delivered in the…
 
The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:E191 | A mobile app can help communities improve their health and well-beingA Stanford professor explains how a relatively simple tool can empower individuals to identify and advocate for meaningful changes in their neighborhoods.Take a look around your neighborhood and you’ll see a few things you like -- a…
 
The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:E190 | Using technologies from the gaming industry to improve medicineA Stanford professor explains how augmented and virtual reality, body tracking, and other technologies from the gaming industry could be used in medicine.Unfortunately, not every medical procedure is 100% successful. Due to the complexity…
 
Urban law expert Michelle Wilde Anderson discusses her new book, The Fight to Save the Town: Reimagining Discarded America, which looks at how local leaders are confronting government collapse in four blue-collar American communities—and the progress they are making against some of the seemingly intractable problems of poverty. Originally aired on …
 
The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:E192 | How to design algorithms with fairness in mindAlgorithms are behind many serious decisions in mortgages, medicine, and a range of other areas. A computer scientist explains how we can build notions of fairness into algorithms.Algorithms inform the news you read, the TV shows you watch, and the advert…
 
While polls of Republican voters still show strong support for former president Trump, some of the most powerful testimony against him during the January 6 Congressional hearings have been by members of his administration and party. In this episode we hear from Stanford Law Professor Michael W. McConnell, a former judge on the U. S. Court of Appeal…
 
What have we learned from the Congressional hearings into the January 6 storming of the Capitol and then-President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election? Join Stanford criminal law expert Professor Robert Weisberg for a discussion of the hearings—what we learned and who might face criminal charges.Originally aired on Si…
 
The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:E186 | How cryptography and Web3 can fight misinformation and help restore trust in digital mediaA group of researchers explore how the tools of cryptography can be used to verify the veracity of the images and videos you see online.Many of the lies, distortions, and pieces of disinformation online are easy…
 
The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:E189 | How to make quieter airplanesA Stanford professor explains how fluid mechanics can help decrease the sound generated by airplanes.Since they were invented more than a century ago, airplanes have gone from carrying a single person to ferrying many hundreds of people and several tons of cargo. Despite …
 
The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:E188 | A cardiologist says embracing diversity will catalyze medical researchDiversity in medicine boosts innovation and has even improved physicians’ ability to prevent transplant rejection.Data shows that greater gender diversity on company leadership groups leads to improved business outcomes, says Stanf…
 
The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:E187 | An innovative polling model can move us past political polarizationA Stanford professor explains how the deliberative polling model can get people to listen to one another and even compromise on some of society’s most complex policy issues.In our deeply polarized society, the prospect of holding thou…
 
The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:E185 | Data is transforming our understanding of natural disastersA Stanford professor explains how new types of data collection and advanced computers are improving our knowledge of earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes – and how we might prepare for them.Humans have been trying to predict when earthquakes …
 
The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:E184 | Computational modeling can help understand Alzheimer’s diseaseA professor of mechanical engineering explains how computational models of Alzheimer’s spread in the brain are providing new information about the disease.Physicians diagnose Alzheimer’s disease with tests that measure memory loss and beha…
 
Nearly ten years after the massacre of 26 students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the world has been shocked by another American school shooting—this one at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas where 19 students and two teachers were gunned down on May 24. That came barely a week after the racially motivated massacr…
 
Full title: Dr. Trina Wiggins, pediatrician, wellness coach, & author on keeping it short and simple to live a healthy and balanced life.Description: Dr. Trina Wiggins, Stanford alum and past Miss Fitness winner on her mission to move others to a healthier lifestyle. Originally aired on SiriusXM on June 11, 2022.…
 
The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:E183 | How to develop ever better computer chipsThe pandemic accelerated society’s digital transformation by years, requiring more and better computer chips. A Stanford electrical engineer explains how to make that happen.Computer chips are everywhere: your cellphone, your car, even your refrigerator. And t…
 
The Future of Everything with Russ Altman:E182 | Training the next generation of entrepreneursAre entrepreneurs born or made? A Stanford professor explains how understanding and practicing a set of skills can make entrepreneurs of us all.Search online and you’ll find lists of all the skills entrepreneurs should have - among them are imagination, cr…
 
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