What happens—or could happen—to our data after we die? Listen to Ray, Luis, and Steph talk about the possibilities.  Listen to Episode 61 – More notes: What happens to our data after we die?  What can we do with our digital assets?  Is data only for the living?  Grief bots Commercial Executors for online profiles […]

What is spam, where did it start, and how does it affect us today? Episode notes:  From online forums of the 1980s to social media and beyond Forms of spam Why do people send spam? Statistician Paul Graham Robo calls Spam vs. scams CAN-SPAM Act Commercial: Future Spam Protection Spam in social media, online reviews, […]

In this episode, we spoke with Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof, founder of Bitnation. Listen to our conversation: Episode notes: What is a nation-state? Globalization and local communities How will Bitnation redefine the nation-state? Security and jurisdiction Government is like an icecream shop Globalization and the preservation of culture The potential for private armies Governments’ roles in […]

In this third part of our Utopia series, we try to answer the question of how to get to utopia. Episode notes:  From the perspective of inputs How do you make real your utopic vision of the future? Barriers to reaching utopia Types of utopias, e.g., techno-utopia, eco-utopia, agrarian utopia The near future: what can […]

What were the biggest epidemics in history? Learn all about disease in this episode. Yes, we do talk about zombies. We couldn’t help ourselves, it was almost Halloween. Episode notes:  Most destructive diseases in history Contagion Social contagion The spread of ideas Should you vaccinate your child? Travel and disease The Anthrax story Disease in […]

Can driverless cars make moral decisions? In this episode we discuss the future of autonomous vehicles. Episode notes:  MIT’s Moral Machine test Who would you save? Fate and interference, guilt Kant’s autonomous morality Utilitarianism Patience with people vs. machines MBTA and Amtrak stories Consumer comfort with driverless cars Blame in autonomous vehicle accidents The future […]

Are you thinking of starting an MBA? In an MBA now? About to graduate? Here are some reflections that might help you get the most out of your experience. Episode notes:  What we did before we started the MBA program The role of diversity and different types of diversity Choosing extracurriculars What is a case […]