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Do You Choose To Have Your Privacy Invaded By Using Tech? | PBS Idea Channel

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The recent Heartbleed bug was, for many, just another reminder that our information will never be secure on the internet. We feel vulnerable and hopeless in the face of a long string of privacy concerns, and many argue that this is an inevitable result of technology. But since our culture has wholly jumped on the digital bandwagon, do we as individuals truly choose to sacrifice our privacy? Or maybe the better question is, how much do we even choose to use technology? 

Bored Americans Using Teleporters! | PBS Idea Channel

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It's time for you to put on your thinking cap, because we have three new ideas for you to consider. 1) What's so bad about being bored? 2) Why are Americans so sensitive? 3) Is that really you on the other side of the teleporter? Watch the episode and discuss it all with your fellow bored, overly-sensitive, teleportation-obsessed Americans! And tell us what you think!

When Will We Worry About the Well-Being of Robots? | PBS Idea Channel

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Do you worry about your vacuum? Not in the way you're concerned about breaking a valuable object - but in an emotional, empathetic concern for its being? If so, then you're primed for our discussion about the wellbeing of robots! We can personify objects, assigning them human qualities, but will technology get to a point where it deserves these moral concerns? Can you imagine a day when you will empathize with your computer or care whether it lives or dies? 

Is the Discovery of Global Warming Our Greatest Scientific Achievement? | PBS Idea Channel

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Global warming exists, but how do we know that? It may seem like a simple process of just looking at the temperature from year to year, but it is so much more than that! Our understanding of the global climate comes from a compendium of data including measured and tracked temperature, humidity, wind speed, and barometric pressure, spanning over 100 years of observation. To study this massive amount of information and be able to surmise that the increasingly extreme and bizarre weather patterns are a result of human influence is truly an incredible accomplishment.