This week on The Virtual Skeptics…
- Bob gives Canada some strong medicine;
- Eve is hardly going to mention bacon, pork, or pigs;
- And Tim is chasing down fake news again…
The panel this week was (left to right) Brian Gregory, Tim Farley, Robert Blaskiewicz and Eve Siebert. (Note: Bob’s camera was not working properly).
Brian’s segment (at 4:23)
The Personal Robots are COMING.https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/403524037/personal-robot
ATLAS has been unplugged. Doom coming soon. http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/military-robots/atlas-drc-robot-is-75-percent-new-completely-unplugged
Robot Cuttlefish, because it’s cool. http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/sepios-eth-zurichs-robot-cuttlefish
Eve’s segment (at 25:27)
Ewan Palmer, IBTimes, “Oxford University Press bans mention of pork and pigs in books to ‘avoid offending Muslims or Jews’ http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/oxford-university-press-bans-mention-pork-pigs-books-avoid-offending-muslims-jews-1483378
Jane Harley, The Guardian, “No, we haven’t banned books on pigs–but sensitivity is key in global publishing” http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/15/books-pigs-global-publishing-oxford-university-press-children
Bob’s segment (at 34:19)
CBC story of Makayla’s death: http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/makayla-sault-girl-who-refused-chemo-for-leukemia-dies-1.2829885
Tim’s segment (at 48:04)
Facebook announced yesterday a policy change on fake news: http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2015/01/news-feed-fyi-showing-fewer-hoaxes/
Behind the scenes at the fake news site National Report https://news.vice.com/article/weaponized-islamic-state-ebola-obamas-marijuana-auctions-and-the-art-of-fake-news
Tim discussed tools to create fake news stories in episode #90 https://virtualskeptics.com/2014/05/28/virtual-skeptics-90-5282014/
Bob and Tim both have segments on Skepticality this week.
Tim will be on a panel this Sunday speaking about computer security at FTBCon3 – you can watch online just like this.
Tim will also be speaking May 3 in Fullerton, California at the Orange County Freethought Alliance conference.
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