-Cross Currents 10.3 Security, Privacy, Freedom, and Ethics 15.6 The Robot Revolution

Drones Don’t Have a Right to Privacy

TED kill switchThe robot drone is rapidly changing the face of war—and peace. In this gripping TED talk Daniel Suarez describes the very real—and very scary—threats robotic weapons pose to civilized society. He makes a compelling case for an international treaty on robotic arms control and a global ban on killer robots.

-Context 10.3 Security, Privacy, Freedom, and Ethics 10.5 Human Questions for a Computer Age 4.6 Software Piracy and Intellectual Property Laws

Are Our Intellectual Property Laws Patently Absurd?

patentspart2Patents have been part of American life since the country was born—they were written into the constitution to legally protect and encourage innovation, creativity, and productivity. But today, patents are used by shadowy companies that make nothing more than profits—and the threat of lawsuits from these companies is enough to keep people from creating high-tech products, companies, and jobs. This episode of This American Life shines a bright light on the broken intellectual property legal system by telling the stories of people whose lives have been profoundly impacted by that system.