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How space law fights Moon trash and space junk

Chatting with Leiden University space law expert, Tanja Masson-Zwaan

Law protects orbit from space cowboys, gold rushes and rogue satellite launches, but making it work for today's space exploration realities is challenging. I chat with International Institute of Air and Space Law's Tanja Masson-Zwaan (@tanjamasson) about the ins and outs of space law, as part of Tomorrow Unlocked's audio series Fast Forward.

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How more of us could see Earth from space

Interview with Rocket Women founder and space engineer Vinita Marwaha Madill

Space engineer Vinita Marwaha Madill (@Rocket_Woman1) believes more people need to experience the 'overview effect' – the life-changing feeling of seeing Earth from space, to realize our interconnectedness and the planet's fragility. And as we push the boundaries of human space exploration, we'll need the best possible talent on board – that's why Vinita started Rocket Women, an initiative inspiring diverse young talent to pursue a career in space.


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The new space race – Fast Forward audio doc

One thing has changed space exploration more than anything else, says future tech audio series Fast Forward

We've come a long way from the days of the first satellite, Sputnik, and the first human footprint on the Moon. Space is now our second home. But we've also reached a turning point in how we're exploring space. 'Old space' was about national and ideological rivalries. 'New space' is about investment and expanding businesses.

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AI: The mirror we don’t recognize ourselves in

Interviewing Cambridge University Junior Research Fellow in AI, Dr. Beth Singler, about the future of work.

Should we be polite to AI assistants? Why don't we understand AI is strange because humans are strange? Are people getting their perceptions of robots from The Terminator franchise? I interview Dr. Beth Singler, anthropologist and Junior Research Fellow in artificial intelligence (AI) at University of Cambridge, on the weird and wonderful ways we imagine AI, robotics and the future of work.

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Future robot colleagues – Fast Forward audio doc

Robots in the workplace raise questions, says future tech audio series Fast Forward

The first robotic arms introduced to car assembly lines in the 1960s had the same 'reach' as a human worker. They did the same tasks in the same space. Even then, futurists predicted machines would change the world more with their information processing power than by performing manual tasks.

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How smart can machines get? Fast Forward audio doc

Can machines outsmart us, asks our future tech audio series Fast Forward

While the internet is not necessarily reliable for finding truth, are humans capable of sorting machines from other humans, let alone truth from falsehood? Every day, machine learning is hotting up. What does it all mean?

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Cities of the Future – Fast Forward audio doc

Urban living is all change in Fast Forward, our future tech audio documentary

Planning how cities will grow and change means thinking way ahead. Technology is a huge driver – fridges, cars and of course, digital infrastructure have all revolutionized how we live. And then COVID-19 brought a rapid, sudden shift to remote work. Ken Hollings' guests in Fast Forward audio documentary episode 3 discuss our changing physical, social and technological cities.

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Scan purchase for max score – Fast Forward audio series

Spicing up the supermarket in our future-focused tech series

Food retail has always been an earlier adopter of transforming technologies. As most of us are open to anything that makes the everyday more fun and interesting, supermarkets are ideal places to experiment with innovative tech. Which unexpected technological items will we see next in the bagging area? Fast Forward audio doc episode 2 explores the aisles.

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Today’s data storage owes the audiocassette a debt

It began when one inventor cut a wooden template to the size of his pocket

Inventor of the audiocassette Lou Ottens' death at age 94 in early 2021 gave media and technology fans everywhere a chance to stop and think. In the age of Musks and Zuckerbergs, it's easy to forget how much Ottens changed the game. New audio series Fast Forward explores how we can explore technology's future by looking to the past.

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