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Talking Tech With Dr. Tonya M. Evans

Season 1, Ep. 124

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences illustrates how AI fails to detect depression signs in social media posts by Black Americans as compared to their white counterparts. 


Joel Bervell, a.k.a., the Medical Mythbuster, has been saving lives by tackling racial and gender disparities in healthcare via social media.


X tests and confirms plans for new Not Safe for Work (NSFW) Communities that may have it competing with sites like Only Fans. 


And New York City is starting a gun scanning program in subways even though the CEO of the company whose technology is being used says it is a bad idea.


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  • 130. What Aren't We Using Bots For?

    53:26
    Developer season is upon us with Google I/O kicking off, and, tech pettiness is on full display.  Apple announced iOS 17.5 and there are rumors that ChatGPT is coming to iPhone.OpenAI took petty to trolling with an event Monday, the day before I/O, with a brand new version of its generative AI bot called ChatGPT-4o.Online dating site Bumble is betting that AI bots dating other AI can help real people find better matches.And job seekers are turning to AI to help them fill out job applications which hiring managers are using AI to sift through…Link to Show Notes
  • 129. Get That Community College AI Degree

    51:41
    By the time you hear this Apple’s Let Loose iPad Event has happened.  Here is all the new iPad hotness we think is going to be announced.The Supreme Court of The United States really wasn’t interested in hearing why Elon Musk thinks he no longer needs a “Twitter Sitter” to approve all of his Telsa-related social media posts.Jack Dorsey is no longer on the board at BlueSky, the decentralized microblogging platform he started at Twitter way back in 2019.And should community college be looked at as a cost-effective way to get skills to get that job in AI?Link to Show Notes
  • 128. Get Your TikTok Ish Together

    58:17
    The Federal Trade Commission voted 3-2 along party lines to ban non-compete agreements for most employees allowing workers to switch jobs or start their own businesses more easily.A Baltimore area gym teacher has been arrested for using AI to make a deep fake recording of his principal making racist and antisemitic comments.Gunshot detection system ShotSpotter keeps collecting data and notifying police after its contracts with cities have ended. And the bill that could impose a TikTok ban if it’s parent company Bytedance doesn’t divest its U.S. interest is about to be signed into law.Link to Show Notes
  • 127. Don’t Allow Your Thumbprint To Snitch

    57:38
    It appears that a lot of folks repeatedly sign up and cancel streaming services based on there being content on them we want to watch, and, they have a name for us. Serial Churners.The potential TikTok ban is picking up steam again as a revised bill mandating TikTok parent company ByteDance divest its US interest in the social media platform passes the House of Representatives.A court ruled that the police can compel some suspects to unlock their phones with a thumbprint in some cases.And schools would like to ban phones in class, but, parents ain’t really trying to hear that.Link to Show Notes
  • 126. Fiber Already Trippin'

    57:21
    Hybrid work appears to be here to stay. Millennials are making it clear that they have no intention of returning to the office 5 days per week. Artificial Intelligence will allow artists to perform digitally long after they’ve passed away.  The bigger question is how will the content be licensed and distributed.X may start charging new users a small fee to be able to post, reply to, and like content on the platform to combat spam and bots.And fake footage of Iran’s attack on Israel started going viral within moments of actual events. Link to Show Notes
  • 125. All About AI

    01:00:34
    New York City’s city governance chatbot instructs citizens to break the law in some cases and government officials are a bit miffed journalists are telling the public about it.A University of North Georgia student says she was falsely accused of using AI to write a paper when she in fact only used Grammarly to spell-check it at the suggestion of her college professors.A Washington State Lottery interactive web app was pulled down after it used AI to place a woman’s headshot on an image of a topless woman in bed.And Meta’s AI-based Image generator appears to have a really hard time creating images of East Asian men and women with people of other ethnicities. Link to Show Notes
  • 123. Florida Bans Social Media Until You're 16

    57:14
    The U.S. Department of Justice and 15 states accuse Apple of monopolizing the smartphone market in a landmark antitrust lawsuit. Online recruiting site Glassdoor abruptly changed its terms of service and has started adding users’ personally identifiable information to their profiles without consent. Florida Governor Ron Desantis signs a bill preventing children under 14 from signing up for social media accountsAnd are screenless AI devices like the CES hit Rabbit a solution looking for a problem?  Maybe, but, the $199 price tag makes it not matter so much.Link to Show Notes
  • Must TikTok Divest or Be Banned?

    58:50
    The Federal Government is really pushing hard for TikTok to be sold.  There is overwhelming bipartisan support in the House of Representatives, The President will sign a bill if it comes across his desk, and the full court press is on in the Senate.Apple is in talks with Google to let Gemini Power AI features on the upcoming iPhone.The Don Lemon Show having its distribution contract canceled by Elon Musk may have done more for the show than if everything had gone off without a hitch.And Pittsburgh-based Black Tech Nation Ventures just closed on a $50 million fund to make the city a haven for Black technologists.Link to Show Notes