Episode 284 - Algocracy!!

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  • Episode 284
  • July 5, 2016

SPECIAL GUEST: John Danaher (Algocracy & Transhumanism Project). Algorithms. Machine Learning. Deep Learning. You may have heard the terms before but do you know what they mean? In fact, they are becoming a new form of governance that will affect all of our lives. We’re joined by past guest and friend John Danaher, who has been working in this space for a while, to talk about the Algocracy and Transhumanism Project. The Project now includes a podcast, so we also talk a bit of podcasting with John. Algorithms are even now defining the kind of life that is available to each and every one of us. This is definitely an area that we should be having conversations about. Recorded 6/26/2016.

 

Episode 283 - ProcessKill

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  • Episode 283
  • June 30, 2016

SPECIAL GUEST: William Hertling. MySpace, Orkut, Friendster, Facebook, Ello, Diaspora, Instagram, SnapChat, Pinterest, and on and on… these social networks, and the technology companies behind them, are becoming central to our lives, online and off. What happens when those companies act against us? Sounds like it would make for some pretty good fiction. We’re joined this episode by science fiction author and programmer Will Hertling to talk about his new book, Kill Process, as well as some of his other work about AI. Recorded 6/25/2016.

 

Episode 282 - Media Sensation

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  • Episode 282
  • June 28, 2016

The media. The fourth estate. The mass media has come to dominate our mental models of the world over the last 100 years, changing society and even how we view ourselves. What should we be expecting of the media? Are they really serving the human race and civilization well? Or do they serve only the top of our society? We take a look at the role of media in the sensationalism that pervades our culture these days, their role in spree events like the Orlando shootings, and even get a bit political in this episode. Recorded 6/19/2016.

 

Episode 281 - #ShareholderValue

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  • Episode 281
  • June 21, 2016

Shareholder value. It has been the north star for capitalism in the US during the last 30 years or so. It's past time to ask the question, has this theory, which drives so much of our economy, actually served civilization well? Has it made our lives better? Or has it merely been the primary driver to outsourcing our employment for the benefit of those at the very top? More and more people are beginning to ask hard questions of this concept, and its centrality to the way our economy functions, so on this episode we dig in, prompted by an article in the American Thinker. Recorded 6/19/2016.

 

Episode 280 - Emerging Enhancements

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  • Episode 280
  • June 16, 2016

SPECIAL GUEST: George Dvorsky (io9, Sentient Developments, IEET). Our technologies are opening doors long speculated about by transhumanists, technologists and science fiction, for humans to enhance themselves with a range of new abilities, senses, and possibilities. Which of those doors we open, and which we don't, will determine the kind of civilization we become. The possibilities we choose will define our own future possibilities. We're joined this episode by George Dvorsky (bioethicist and writer) who has been looking into these possibilities for quite a while, to take a peek behind the curtain. Recorded 6/8/2016.