Episode 259 - Tay's Entitlement Basilisk

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  • Episode 259
  • March 31, 2016

Have you heard about Tay? Microsoft unveiled a new chat bot on the Internet... and within the first 24 hours, it had already turned into a racist Nazi sexbot. Teenagers! Even when they're AI, they're so... unexpected. So, in this episode we dig into the story of Tay a bit, as well as the fascinating philosophical conundrum Roko's Basilisk and the balance between security and privacy. Recorded 3/28/2016.

 

Episode 258 - Hacking Humans

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  • Episode 258
  • March 29, 2016

SPECIAL GUEST: Kara Platoni (We Have The Technology). In this episode, we're joined by author Kara Platoni to talk about her new book, We Have The Technology. Kara has been interviewing a wide variety of scientists, theorists, technologists, hackers, and enthusiasts about the ways technology is reshaping our bodies and our minds. From looking into the search for new tastes (beyond the currently recognized 5) to brain control systems for next generation prosthetics, from garages to labs to museums, We Have The Technology digs into this fascinating and changing world around us. Recorded 3/24/2016.

 

Episode 257 - #RobotsVsCats

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  • Episode 257
  • March 24, 2016

SPECIAL GUEST: Raido Dsilna (Wazombi Labs). Cats. They're all over the Internet. Stars of funny videos. Loveable pets. If you're a cat lover, then have we got a new toy for you (and your feline friend). In this episode, we're joined by Raido Dsilna to talk about a currently ongoing IndieGoGo project. Rollycat is a robotic toy for cats, that can help your cat stay fit and active. Tune in and find out more about this interesting project, and the minds behind it. Recorded 3/19/2016.

 

Episode 256 - Identity!

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  • Episode 256
  • March 22, 2016

SPECIAL GUEST: Heather Schlegel (Future Of Money/Future Of Wearables). Returning for her fourth guest appearance is futurist and social scientist Heather Schlegel. We've talked with Heather before about wearables, financial tech, AI, Augmented Intelligence, and intimacy... this time she fills us in on some upcoming projects, and we dig into the technologies behind IDENTITY on the Internet and how ours are changing as society undergoes transformation. Then we dig in some more to the future of human relationships and intimacy. Recorded on 3/17/2016.

 

Episode 255 - #TheScreamingRoom

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  • Episode 255
  • March 17, 2016

Sean Parker, immortalized in film by Justin Timberlake's portrayal in The Social Network, has a new video service called The Screening Room, offering "in theater" movies for viewing in the home. At least, that's the pitch. So, does this pitch have legs? It's got a number of big name directors signed on... but color us a bit skeptical. In this episode, we talk about the state of entertainment, ticket prices, movie quality, and the joys of marathoning. Recorded on 3/15/2016.