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Cast IT is a popular science podcast about foundations of information technology, hosted at IT University of Copenhagen.

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Carsten Schürmann: Digital Democracy and Electronic Elections

Duration: 01:15:14

Recorded on: May 19, 2017

Description: Carsten Schürmann is the leader of the Demtech research center, which studies the interplay between technology and democracy. Carsten is a world leading expert in computer security and critical digital infrastructure, with a background in the theory of programming languages and logics. We talk to him about digital democracy, in particular electronic elections, including online voting. The goal of democratic elections is the peaceful transition of government, which means that both winners and loser must trust the outcome of the result. How is this trust generated if the details of voting are no longer transparent?

Vincent F. Hendricks: Attention economics and truth in digital society

Duration: 55:21

Recorded on: May 02, 2017

Description: We ask Vincent F. Hendricks, professor of formal philosophy at Copenhagen University and the director of the Center for Information and Bubble Studies how to think about information, knowledge, and truth, in the internet age, where information is  quickly shared or algorithmically curated, and  where the model of liberal democracy, such as the public sphere, are undergoing rapid change. We talk about fake news, Trump, radical scepticism, social psychology, filter bubbles, power laws of attention economics, and pluralistic ignorance.Vincent’s web page is at http://vince-inc.com/vincent/ and his 2016 book on explaining individual behaviour on the social net is Hendricks and Hansen, “Infostorms,” Springer 2016.

Toby Walsh: Kidneys, Cars, and Killer Robots

Duration: 01:07:41

Recorded on: March 29, 2017

Description: Toby Walsh is a leading researcher in artificial intelligence and a prolific populariser of computer science. We talk about the mechanisms behind fair allocation of transplanted kidneys, autonomous cars, the ethics of artificial intelligence and algorithmic decision making, and killer robots from autonomous weapon systems to the Singularity. Toby’s blog is at http://thefutureofai.blogspot.com.au; his forthcoming book on many of these issues will be titled “Android Dreams.”

Troels Bjerre Lund: Poker-Playing Bots

Duration: 58:27

Recorded on: March 14, 2017

Description: In early 2017, two independent research teams announced progress in artificial intelligence: Libratus from Carnagie Mellon University and DeepStack from University of Alberta. Computer programs are now able to beat the best human players in the two-player card game Heads-Up No Limit Texas’ Hold-Em Poker. But what are poker-playing bots? And how do they work work? In this podcast Thore Husfeldt talks to Associate Professor Troels Bjerre Lund, IT University of Copenhagen, a researcher in algorithmic game theory and a leading expert on artificial intelligence for poker. 

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Carsten Schürmann: Digital Democracy and Electronic...

367 views May 19, 2017

Carsten Schürmann is the leader of the Demtech research center, which studies the interplay...

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Vincent F. Hendricks: Attention economics and truth in...

584 views May 02, 2017

We ask Vincent F. Hendricks, professor of formal philosophy at Copenhagen University and the...

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Toby Walsh: Kidneys, Cars, and Killer Robots

552 views March 29, 2017

Toby Walsh is a leading researcher in artificial intelligence and a prolific populariser of...

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Troels Bjerre Lund: Poker-Playing Bots

635 views March 08, 2017

In early 2017, two independent research teams announced progress in artificial intelligence:...