Interview with Taryn O’Neill, AOMD Podcast Episode 014

Authors on the Air Global Radio Network · Interview with Taryn O’Neill, AOMD Podcast Episode 014 Welcome to the episode number 14 of the Authors of Mass Destruction podcast. My name is Natasha Bajema, aka WMDgirl on Twitter. I’m a fiction author, national security expert and your host for this podcast. If you’re interested in science &technology, in reading good fiction, or want to write fiction based on technology, you’re in the right place. Before we get started, a few notes: The views expressed on this podcast are my own and do not reflect the official policy or position of Read more…

Interview with Beatrice Fihn, AOMD Podcast Episode 013

Authors on the Air Global Radio Network · Interview with Beatrice Fihn, AOMD Podcast Episode 013 Welcome to the episode number 13 of the Authors of Mass Destruction podcast. My name is Natasha Bajema, aka WMDgirl on Twitter. I’m a fiction author, national security expert and your host for this podcast. If you’re interested in science & technology, in reading good fiction, or want to write fiction based on technology, you’re in the right place. Before we get started, a few notes: The views expressed on this podcast are my own and do not reflect the official policy or position Read more…

Interview with Craig Martelle, AOMD Podcast Episode 011

Authors on the Air Global Radio Network · Interview with Craig Martelle, AOMD Podcast Episode 011 Welcome to the episode number 11 of the Authors of Mass Destruction podcast. My name is Natasha Bajema, aka WMDgirl on Twitter. I’m a fiction author, national security expert and your host for this podcast. If you’re interested in science & technology, in reading good fiction, or want to write fiction based on technology, you’re in the right place. Each week, I kick the episode off with a technology news headline that has caught my attention that week and answer listener questions. If you’re Read more…

Interview with Justin Anderson and Tim Westmyer, AOMD Podcast Episode 008

Dr. Natasha Bajema interviews Dr. Justin Anderson and Timothy Westmyer about nuclear deterrence as illustrated through the film Dr. Strangelove, written, produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. Dr. Justin Anderson is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Defense University. Mr. Timothy Westmyer is a Project Lead on Nonproliferation at CRDF and the host of the Super Critical Podcast.

Interview with Dr. Andrew Maynard, AOMD Podcast Episode 001

Dr. Natasha Bajema kicks off the podcast with a fascinating discussion with Dr. Andrew Maynard. He is a Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, the mastermind behind the YouTube channel Risk Bites, and blogs at 2020science.org and most recently the author of Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies.

Day 16: What Has Been Seen Cannot be Unseen

More than two weeks ago now, I announced my crazy intention of producing a musical stage play on nuclear weapons and artificial intelligence called American Doomsday. You can’t see me right now, but I’m laughing and shaking nervously. And asking myself, “wait, what?” In the meantime, I’ve started the novel that will serve as the basis for the stage play. I’ve been reflecting a great deal on what it means to write a story that is 1) compelling enough to attract a broad audience; 2) sufficiently faithful to the complex and technical topics of nuclear deterrence, the nuclear triad, false alarms, perception, Read more…

My Hero (Ch. 42) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 042

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Bionic-Bug-Episode-42.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:08 — 24.5MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 42. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. I’m recording this episode on January 26, 2019.  I’m sad to say that this is my final episode of the Bionic Bug podcast. This is somewhat bittersweet because I’ve grown fond of sharing my thoughts with you. If you’ve been listening from the beginning, thank you so much for joining me Read more…

Beware the Jabberwocky: The AI Monsters Are Coming

I wrote this essay as part of A Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA) Periodic Publication entitled AI, China, Russia, and the Global Order: Technological, Political, Global, and Creative Perspectives edited by Nicholas D. Wright and Mariah C. Yager. For the full paper, visit the NSI website. Introduction In my recent reflections about the exponential growth in artificial intelligence and the potential implications for humanity and the global order, a pulse fired across the synapses in my brain. Seemingly out of nowhere, I began humming a familiar tune set to Lewis Carroll’s famous poem entitled Jabberwocky.  “Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that Read more…

Poison Darts (Ch. 39) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 039

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Bionic-Bug-Episode-39.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 20:09 — 17.1MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 39. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. I’m recording this episode on January 13, 2019.  Thanks to the winter storm, you’re getting a bonus episode this weekend.  Let’s talk tech! I have one more tech headline for you this weekend. “DARPA Thinks Insect Brains Might Hold the Secret to Next-Gen AI” published on Defense One on January 10. Read more…

The Tank (Ch. 35) – Bionic Bug Episode 035

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Bionic-Bug-Episode-35.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:24 — 22.0MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 35. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. I’m recording this episode on December 16, 2018.  Let’s talk tech: “Does AI Truly Learn And Why We Need to Stop Overhyping Deep Learning,”published on Forbes.com on December 15. This is great article that clearly articulates what today’s AI is and more importantly what it isn’t. The media hype about AI Read more…