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A podcast about the automation of everything. Host Jennifer Strong and the team at MIT Technology Review look at what it means to entrust artificial intelligence with our most sensitive decisions. Algorithms decide who receives social services, goes to jail, gets into college, qualifies for loans, or lands a job. We also look to AI to read and interpret our emotions, determining whether we’re happy, sad, angry, distracted… or even a threat. Tech Review’s editors and reporters explore the imp ...
 
Weekly review of Armenian News from https://groong.org.Keeping up with news related to Armenia and Armenians can be challenging: the sheer volume of news in the past few years has increased greatly, and along with that volume, we’ve seen the rise of the “Fake News” phenomenon contributing to the erosion of trust in the news media.The diversity of languages used by the worldwide Armenian community also poses a challenge for Armenian news; there is a significant portion of news that originates ...
 
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ANN/Groong Week in Review Episode 22 - Oct 18, 2020 Topics Covered: - In retrospect: Tracing our steps back to Sep 27 - Call from extra-parliamentary opposition for a War Council - Mobilization of the Armenian Diaspora Your Hosts: - Asbed Bedrossian - Hovik Manucharyan Resident Panelists: - Asbed Kotchikian - Emil Sanamyan Recorded: Oct 18, 2020…
 
Defining what is, or isn’t artificial intelligence can be tricky (or tough). So much so, even the experts get it wrong sometimes. That’s why MIT Technology Review’s Senior AI Reporter Karen Hao created a flowchart to explain it all. In this bonus content our Host Jennifer Strong and her team reimagine Hao’s reporting, gamifying it into an audio pos…
 
The Right has found their new email scandal and boy were they crying out for government intervention today after social media sites decided to stifle their attempts at pushing a scandal over Hunter Biden's emails. We also look into the controversy surrounding Ice Cube and the Platinum Plan along with Killer Mike's similar statements relating to Geo…
 
ANN/Groong Week in Review - 10/12/2020 Topics Covered: - Security situation on the ground; - Diplomatic activity, short & long term goals; - Humanitarian impact in Artsakh & Armenia; - Effect of social media on the war. Your Hosts: - Asbed Bedrossian - Asbed Kotchikian Resident Panelists: - Lara Aharonian: Co-founder & co-director of the Women's Re…
 
AI can read your emotional response to advertising and your facial expressions in a job interview. But if it can already do all this, what happens next? In part two of a series on emotion AI, Jennifer Strong and the team at MIT Technology Review explore the implications of how it’s used and where it’s heading in the future. We meet: Shruti Sharma, …
 
ANN Groong Week in Review - Oct. 4, 2020 Topics Covered: - Stepanakert under persistent bombardment using banned cluster bombs. - Turkey’s role in the war. - Why is Russia quiet? - What can we expect next? --- This episode of the podcast was fully devoted to the war in Artsakh. It was recorded on the morning of Saturday, Oct 3 Pacific time while on…
 
Conversations on Groong - October 3, 2020 It has now been 7 days since Azerbaijan initiated a wide-scale attack against Armenia and Artsakh. The tragic news of deaths and destruction continue to stream in every hour. In today’s conversation on Groong, we talk to Jirair Libaridian and Thomas DeWaal about the regional geopolitics that helped create a…
 
SHOW NOTES: Topics: - The 29th Anniversary of Armenian Independence; - Armenia’s foreign policy; - Azerbaijan war of disinformation; and lastly - Opposition trio rally and Tsarukyan’s arrest Resident Panelists: - Asbed Kotchikian - Marine Manucharyan - Emil Sanamyan Hosts: - Asbed Bedrossian - Hovik Manucharyan Recorded: Sep 26, 2020…
 
It’s been two and a half years since the dramatic popular protests of 2018 that resulted in the resignation of Serge Sargsyan and the subsequent election of Nikol Pashinyan as Prime Minister in Armenia. The change in power, which is commonly referred to as “The Velvet Revolution”, gave many the hope of a more democratic Armenia. Many promises were …
 
SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/2FVpjSE Topics: - Constitutional Court Appointment - Armenia’s Growing National Debt - Calls for the Resignation of the Minister of Education - Escalated Tensions on the Armenian-Azerbaijan border - Armenian Soldier dies amidst escalation - Azerbaijan again slams negotiations, turns away Russian AWACS - Khodorkovsky Publi…
 
Over the past few months, we’ve seen a public tussle between Georgian regulatory firms and a Azeri company called NEQSOL which acquired 49% of Caucasus Online, a Georgian telecommunications company. How does this deal affect Armenian national security given that a significant portion of Armenian internet traffic goes through Georgia (including Cauc…
 
SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/3iwMQHR Topics: - Electoral Reforms in Armenia - Journalist Dana Mazalová passes away - ANSEF Reorganization - My Step MP Arsen Julfalakyan Resigns from Parliament - Russian Opposition Leader Navalny’s Poisoning and Recovery - What is going on in Baku? - Azeri pressure on Arms Providers to Armenia - Aliyev vs. Aliyeva? - …
 
Automated driving is advancing all the time, but there’s still a critical missing ingredient: trust. Host Jennifer Strong meets engineers building a new language of communication between automated vehicles and their human occupants, a crucial missing piece in the push toward a driverless future. We meet: Dr. Richard Corey and Dr. Nicholas Giudice, …
 
SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/2FcYqt3 Topics: - Adios Madrid? - A New Repatriation Package & iGorts - Adios Torosyan? - Update on Covid in Armenia and State of Emergency - Panelist Soapboxes Special Guest: David Sandukhchyan Resident Panelists: - Asbed Kotchikian - Emil Sanamyan Hosts: - Asbed Bedrossian - Hovik Manucharyan…
 
The Atlantic came out with a tough article against President Trump. It was source anonymously which is giving credence to many to say it is false. Is it, though? Or is it just inconvenient to not have a name attached to it? Maybe. Or maybe it is a complete fabrication for election purposes. Or maybe it is half true. Listen in as we discuss it.…
 
Armenia has European grade laws in the areas of finance, business, data protection and privacy. What is preventing Armenia from achieving its full potential in foreign direct investment (FDI)? Why do many Armenian startups incorporate in foreign countries, and use Armenia as their offshore labor resource? Guest Our guest today is David Sandukhchyan…
 
SHOW NOTES: bit.ly/32NdyFp Topics: - Armenian POW Gurgen Alaverdyan - Armenia’s Humanitarian Aid to Aleppo - Serge Sargsyan’s Interview and the Four-Day War Deliberations - National Awards - Vagharshak Harutyunyan’s Appointment as Chief Advisor to Pashinyan Resident Panelists: - Asbed Kotchikian - Emil Sanamyan - Alen Zamanyan Hosts: - Hovik Manuch…
 
In this second part of our Conversation On Groong on Turkey, Asbed Kotchikian continues to explore Turkey’s transformation throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty first, and the underlying dynamics powering these changes. Topics: Turkey: Zero Problems? Turkey has been pursuing a more active foreign policy towards its neighbors in the C…
 
What weird bugs did you pick up last time you rode a subway train? A global network of scientists mapping the DNA of urban microbes and using AI to look for patterns pivots to tracking covid-19. Join host Jennifer Strong as she rides along on a subway-swabbing mission and talks to scientists racing to find an existing drug that might treat the dise…
 
In 2002, Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) won a sweeping victory in the country’s general elections, dominating and shaping domestic and foreign policies of Turkey for nearly two decades to this date. Outwardly, under Erdogan’s and AKP’s leadership, Turkey has transformed from a country with a stated and acclaimed foreign policy seeking…
 
SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/3kSjhlv This Week in Review we talk with Hrant Mikaelian to discuss important issues and developments around Armenia, such as the Coronavirus Pandemic, and its economic effect; Armenia’s membership in EurAsian Economic Union and the economic effect of that organization on Armenia; and some of the trends affecting Russia a…
 
Education Reform in Armenia Asbed Kotchikian talks with Ara Sanjian & Siranush Dvoyan Topics: Background of education reform(s) in Armenia In depth analysis of the content, standards & measurable outcomes of the proposed curriculum’s history & literature segments. Challenges of implementing the proposed curriculum In recent months, Armenia’s govern…
 
What happens when an algorithm gets it wrong? In the first of a four-part series on face ID, Jennifer Strong and the team at MIT Technology Review explore the arrest of a man who was falsely accused of a crime using facial recognition. The episode also starts to unpack the complexities of this technology and introduce some thorny questions about it…
 
Clearview AI has built one of the most comprehensive databases of people’s faces in the world. Your picture is probably in there (our host Jennifer Strong’s was). In part two of this four-part series on facial recognition, we meet the CEO of the controversial company who tells us our future is filled with face ID— regardless of whether it's regulat…
 
The use of facial recognition by police has come under a lot of scrutiny. In part three of our four-part series on face ID, host Jennifer Strong takes you to Sin City, which actually has one of America’s most buttoned-up policies on when cops can capture your likeness. She also finds out why celebrities like Woody Harrelson are playing a starring r…
 
SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/31ESi4j Topics: The Massive Explosion in Beirut Lightning Round Turkey-Azerbaijan Military Exercises Mashtots Park Cyber Security Intrusion Law on Media Regulation Beirut Explosion Special Guest: Yeghia Tashjian Resident Panelists: Asbed Kotchikian Emil Sanamyan Alen Zamanyan Hosts: Hovik Manucharyan Asbed Bedrossian…
 
SHOW NOTES: https://bit.ly/30mP6ut Topics: Living With Conflict #WordsNotSwords Panel Discussion on Robert Kocharyan’s Interview Lightning Round The SIS Charges Arthur Danielyan Nominees for the Constitutional Court The PM’s Outlook on the State of the Pandemic Staff Changes in the Diaspora High Commissioner’s Office Guests This Week: Asbed Kotchik…
 
SHOW NOTES: http://bit.ly/2WYBIL8 Topics: Panel: War roundup / Artsakh Conversation: National Security Doctrine Panel: National Security Doctrine Guests This Week: Asbed Kotchikian Emil Sanamyan Karen Vrtanesyan (special guest) Alen Zamanyan A Conversation with Karena Avedissian (special guest) Hosts: Hovik Manucharyan Asbed Bedrossian…
 
Safety and Security of Metsamor Asbed Kotchikian talks with Areg Danagoulian Topics: Azerbaijan’s threat to attack the NPP Overall safety and security of the plant Safe handling of nuclear fuel Renewable energy alternatives to nuclear Maintenance and upgrades to the NPPBy ANN/Groong
 
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