Technology

How The FBI And Police Are Using Facial Recognition Systems

June 18, 2013

Twenty-six states allow police to search photo ID databases for criminals, victims and witnesses. How advances in facial recognition are transforming law enforcement and raising privacy concerns.

Leakers Versus Whistle-Blowers

June 12, 2013

Whistle-blowers who expose crime, corruption and abuse of power have protections under the law. Understanding when revealing top secret information is an act of heroism or a crime.

What's Private In The Modern Age

June 10, 2013

What's private in the modern age: government collection of personal data, cyber theft and the balance between privacy and security.

Scientific Advances In Prosthetic Limbs (Rebroadcast)

Scientific Advances In Prosthetic Limbs (Rebroadcast)

May 27, 2013

How technological and medical advances in prosthetic limbs are changing lives.

Scientific Advances In Prosthetic Limbs

Scientific Advances In Prosthetic Limbs

May 16, 2013

How technological and medical advances in prosthetic limbs are changing lives.

Jaron Lanier: "Who Owns The Future?"

Jaron Lanier: "Who Owns The Future?"

May 9, 2013

Companies like Google and Facebook are estimated to be worth billions of dollars. A technology pioneer on why the middle class has been left out of the boom.

Who Benefits From College And Why

May 8, 2013

New research suggests the college-for-all approach needs revision. Understanding who benefits from college and why.

Ernest Freeberg: "The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America"

February 25, 2013

A historian places Thomas Edison's incandescent light bulb in the context of a period of intense technological creativity in the U.S. More than any other invention, he argues, electric light ushered in modernity.

Debate Over The Use Of Domestic Drones

February 21, 2013

Government agencies and private companies foresee many good reasons to use unmanned remote controlled aircraft in the our skies here at home, but some say adequate safeguards need to be established.

Gavin Newsom:  "Citizenville:  How To Take The Town Square Digital And Reinvent Government"

Gavin Newsom: "Citizenville: How To Take The Town Square Digital And Reinvent Government"

February 14, 2013

California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has been on the cutting edge of technology and social issues. The former mayor of San Francisco on making government better in the digital age.

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