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For some, artificial intelligence conjures up images of The Terminator or West World. Others see great promise in AI.  Our panel discusses what is technologically possible today. They also forecast the potential power of AI in fields such as medicine and education, but also the potential dangers—from promoting biased or false information, to ethical concerns.

Recorded live at the Frontier in Brunswick.

  • Eric Chown, professor of computer science, Bowdoin College
  • Stephen Majercik, associate professor of computer science and chair of the computer science department, Bowdoin College
  • Fernando Nascimento, postdoctoral fellow in digital and computational studies, Bowdoin College

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Maine could soon have the toughest internet privacy law in the country.

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The new year has brought with it some prominent tech leaders declaring they will no longer be using Facebook. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of the world’s leading social media platform, including issues of privacy and election interference and whether it may be headed the way of MySpace.


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Facebook says that it has discovered a security breach affecting nearly 50 million accounts and that it's not yet clear whether any information was accessed or any accounts were otherwise misused.

The vulnerability that caused the breach was found Tuesday and was fixed on Thursday night, Facebook says. It was the result of bugs introduced into Facebook's code in July 2017. No passwords or credit card numbers were stolen, the company says.

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Top company officials from two of the largest social media platforms in the world were grilled Wednesday by members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, including Maine’s Susan Collins and Angus King. The hearing was called, in part, to find out what Facebook and Twitter are doing about the spread of misinformation on their platforms.

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Our tech experts return to talk about the latest tech news and answer listener questions about smart phones, tablets, smart speakers, online security and more.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg broke four days of silence Wednesday by posting about the Cambridge Analytica controversy involving a data mining company linked to the Trump campaign.  Zuckerberg says Facebook has a "responsibility" to protect users' data, and that "if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you."  That may come as a relief to many aficionados of the social media platform, but others say it may be time to bid farewell.

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To get more than 260,000-plus followers on Facebook is no small feat — especially when you’re in a small Maine city with a population of just over 30,000, and you are the police department.

Social media companies are under pressure to block terrorist activity on their sites, and Facebook recently detailed new measures, including using artificial intelligence, to tackle the problem.

The measures are designed to identify terrorist content like recruitment and propaganda as early as possible in an effort to keep people safe, says Monika Bickert, the company's director of global policy management.

FILE: In this Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, smile as they prepare for a speech in San Francisco.
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MILLINOCKET, Maine _ The chairman of the Millinocket Town Council says it’s pretty powerful” that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg chose to pay a visit to his town.

Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary on Friday in Bangor. On Saturday, they hiked some trails near Mount Katahdin and had a low-key visit with a group of residents and business leaders in Millinocket.

Social Media 101

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Why social media is here to stay and how to make peace with a medium that some find overly intrusive, unruly, sometimes scary, and overall, more trouble than it could possibly be worth.