Deepfake Videos, Reversing Hair Loss, Inequality Getting Worse

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UW–Madison Materials Science and Engineering Professor Xudong Wang
UW–Madison Materials Science and Engineering Professor Xudong Wang (left) fits a device under a hat, that uses the wearer’s energy to deliver gentle electric pulses, stimulate dormant hair follicles and regrow hair. Photo courtesy of UW-Madison and Sam Million-Weaver

A UW-Madison professor has developed a device that stimulates dormant hair follicles and might reverse balding. He talks with us about how it works. We also discuss why income inequality in the U.S. is getting worse. Plus, a look into deepfake videos and the threat they pose to democracy.

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  • Deepfake Videos Pose Challenges For Big Tech, Democracy

    Deepfake videos that digitally impersonate real people are getting more sophisticated and convincing. That has some experts worried about their impact on elections and democratic discourse. We learn more about deepfakes and efforts to root them out.

  • Looking To The Future Of Hair Follicles

    We talk to a UW-Madison professor about new technology he’s helping develop that could reactivate hair production — and potentially reverse balding in men.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Danielle Citron Guest
  • Xudong Wang Guest

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