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Episodes - Robot Overlordz

Episode 294 - #FreeRangeKids

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  • Episode 294
  • August 11, 2016

SPECIAL GUEST: Lenore Skenazy (Free Range Kids). In this episode, we’re joined again by the author of Free Range Kids, to talk about the way parenting and childhood has changed since we grew up. Plus a dash of Pokemon Go, and the moral panic that has already begun over this augmented reality game that’s become so popular. Recorded 8/1/2016.


Episode 293 - #Brobots2016

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  • Episode 293
  • August 9, 2016

SPECIAL GUEST: Scott, Tom, & Zack of the Singularity Bros podcast. Overlordz VS Bros?!? Tune in for a romp through the podcasting goodness that is the SINGULARITY BROS. Also such highlights as Pokemon Dating. ZZTop Beards in Chicago. The Man From Earth and his incredible HIGHLANDER life. Crazy Augmented Reality to get rid of your one-night stands. All this can be yours… for the low low price of about 38 minutes. Recorded 7/27/2016.


Episode 292 - #TheEconomicSingularity

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  • Episode 292
  • August 4, 2016

SPECIAL GUEST: Calum Chace. Returning guest Calum Chace joins us to talk about his new book, The Economic Singularity, which really digs into the history, philosophy, and possible scenarios of TECHNOLOGICAL UNEMPLOYMENT. Tech Unemployment is the idea that as robots and AI take on more and more jobs, that eventually humans will have no option for legitimate work, at least under our current economic system. The Economic Singularity lays all of this out in incredible detail. Highly recommended read. Recorded 7/24/2016.


Episode 291 - Scout.AI

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  • Episode 291
  • August 2, 2016

SPECIAL GUEST: Brett Horvath, Berit Anderson, & Michael Kaemingk (Scout.AI). In episode 173, we were joined by Brett Horvath to talk about the Kickstarter launch of Scout, a community and information site for people interested in the future. Now that Scout has launched, the whole leadership crew stopped by to talk about the launch, the site, the future, and the way society is changing. From some of the latest dispatches on Scout itself, to other stories that may be of interest to futurists, science fiction fans, and technologists, we tackle some of the big concerns that they've focused on and will be tackling going forward. Recorded 7/22/2016.


Episode 290 - #GotDrone?

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  • Episode 290
  • July 29, 2016

SPECIAL GUEST: Julie Carpenter. During the recent shooting of police in Dallas, the authorities made the decision to use a bomb robot to take out the shooter. This marks a shift in how humans and robots interact, and the cultural, societal, and criminal justice issues are complex and far-reaching. We're joined in this episode by researcher Julie Carpenter, who has been looking at these questions for a while now, to dig into the repercussions of this change. We also talk a bit about the military's use of robotics, particularly drones and the benefits and downsides of keeping humans in the loop. Plus a little about the Campaign Against Killer Robots. Recorded 7/18/2016.