• Nov 8, 2017
  • 18:32 mins

Guest: Matthew Slonaker, JD, Executive Director of the Utah Health Policy Project People who can’t get affordable health insurance through their job and hope to qualify for a federal subsidy by shopping for coverage on healthcare.gov have just over one month to enroll. Heading into this open enrollment period there was a lot of confusion and concern about whether people who need insurance would sign up. After all, President Trump regularly insists Obamacare is “dead,” “gone,” “finished.” But Congress has yet to repeal ObamaCare, so the marketplace to buy insurance is still operating and the requirement that everyone have it or face a penalty is still in place.  Sources at the Department of Health and Human Services have told multiple news outlets that a record number of people signed up for insurance on healthcare.gov during the first few days of open enrollment last week compared to previous years.

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How Self-Driving Cars Could Prevent Terror Attacks

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Guest: Jeremy Straub, PhD, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, North Dakota State University In the last 18 months, terrorists pledging allegiance to ISIS have made trucks their preferred weapons. More than 100 people around the world have been killed in nearly a dozen such attacks, including eight fatalities in New York last week. When someone uses a gun to kill lots of people, we immediately start debating gun control. Debating “vehicle control” after a terror attack seems preposterous, but what if the focus weren’t on controlling who can drive one? What if we focus on technology that would let the vehicle take control away from the driver who tries to steer the truck into a crowd of people?  The technology to do that already exists. The question is, do we really want our vehicles to be able to override us?

Guest: Jeremy Straub, PhD, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, North Dakota State University In the last 18 months, terrorists pledging allegiance to ISIS have made trucks their preferred weapons. More than 100 people around the world have been killed in nearly a dozen such attacks, including eight fatalities in New York last week. When someone uses a gun to kill lots of people, we immediately start debating gun control. Debating “vehicle control” after a terror attack seems preposterous, but what if the focus weren’t on controlling who can drive one? What if we focus on technology that would let the vehicle take control away from the driver who tries to steer the truck into a crowd of people?  The technology to do that already exists. The question is, do we really want our vehicles to be able to override us?