Friday, 01 July 2022 08:13

The Soft Scoop 7.1.22

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Listen to this week's edition of the Soft Scoop, brought to you by Red Wing Shoes!

While it may sometimes feel like your computer has a mind of its own; despite your frustration, deep down, you know it is really just following a set of commands programmed by a human. 

But maybe that's not true anymore.

Google Engineer, Blake Lemoine recently revealed that he believed one of their artificially intelligent (AI) chatbot generators, LaMDA, has become a living, self-aware, being. According to multiple media reports; he was suspended from his job when his superiors dismissed the idea, and he went public with the information.

This of course, raises a lot of very intriguing questions, the biggest of course being whether it is actually true. Lots of experts don't think so, and we'll talk to one of them today, Dr. John Nicholas, Professor of Computer Information Systems at the University of Akron.

But what if it is true? What moral and ethical obligations do we have to this new life form that lives not in the physical world, but in the realm of silicon chips and cyberspace?

Have we really reached what is known as the "Technological Singularity"?

What happens if computers start thinking for themselves, and decide they don't really like us all that much, and don't want follow our directions? Are we approaching the Skynet-dominated world Arnold Schwarzenegger made famous in The Terminator, or the nuclear holocaust-threatening nightmare from the 1983 movie starring Matthew Broderick, "War Games?"

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Dr. John Nicholas, University of Akron

A police chase Monday led to a deadly officer involved shooting, killing 25-year old Jayland Walker, of Akron. Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan told Ray that it is being investigated by outside agencies and that the process will require some patience. 

Wednesday, 29 June 2022 06:32

Hey Bobby! 6.29.22

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Cleveland Guardian's Bobby DiBiasio joined Ray for another edition of Hey Bobby! This week, they talked about the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and all it has to offer. They talked about Babe Ruth, Addie Joss, and more. 

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 08:16

The Guardians Have a New Minority Owner

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The Cleveland Guardians have a new minority owner, David Blitzer. What does this mean for the Guardians going forward? Assistant GM of the Cleveland Guardians, Matt Forman, joined Ray to talk about the decision and how it will help the team going forward. They also talk about the young team, evaluations, and more.

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 06:11

Akron Police Seek Bank Robber

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Akron Police are looking for tips to help them find the suspect who robbed a Chase Bank branch in the 1600 block of South Arlington Street, Saturday morning.
They say he had a gun, and handed a note to a teller demanding money.

Police describe the suspect as a black male in his 20’s, 6’ tall and weighing 150 pounds. He was wearing a black zip up Puma jacket with white trim, black baseball hat and medical mask.

Akron Bar Association's Attorney Dean Carro joined Ray to talk about the impact of the decision to overturn Roe Vs Wade. 

CBS's Legal Analyst, Thane Rosenbaum, also joined Ray to talk about the same topic. 

Monday, 27 June 2022 06:28

The Soft Scoop 6.27.22

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Friday, 24 June 2022 07:55

Akron Launches Akron Home Repair Program

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Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan announced the launch of the Akron Home Repair Program. The program can provide up to 25 thousand dollars to qualified homeowners to make repairs such as plumbing, roofing, electrical, and more. Deputy Mayor Sean Vollman joined Jeanne Destro with the details. 

Self driving cars that cause accidents, privacy stealing data collection, and gender-biased hiring decisions.

These are all examples of Artificial Intelligence not working as intended, and causing real world financial and reputational damage the companies that used it. So how can AI be harnessed and harnessed and handled properly, and ethically?

That's the topic of our conversation today with Author, Reid Blackman, who wrote the new book, Ethical Machines: Your Concise Guide to Totally Unbiased, Transparent, and Respectful AI.

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Author, Reid Blackman


Reid Blackman, Ph.D., is the author of the book Ethical Machines (Harvard Business Review Press, July 2022) and Founder and CEO of Virtue, an AI ethical risk consultancy. He has also been a Senior Advisor to the Deloitte AI Institute, a Founding Member of Ernst & Young’s AI Advisory Board, and volunteers as the Chief Ethics Officer to the non-profit Government Blockchain Association.

Reid’s expertise is relied upon by Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies to speak to and educate their people and to guide them as they create and scale AI ethical risk programs. Learn more at


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