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Hitches Get Stitches

We talk a lot about whether we can trust robots, but can robots trust us? HitchBOT was a robot on a goodwill tour of the world, depending on the kindness of strangers to get from one end of a country to the other. After successful tours of Canada and various parts of Europe, it came to the US. We killed it. We killed it good.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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Vote Early, Vote Coffin

Presidential Candidate Zoltan Istvan is raising money to tour the country in a bus that looks like a coffin to promote the Transhumanism philosophy of immortality.  Has there ever been a political stance more perfect for Anthony and Jeff?  Use technology to defeat human frailty, force the public to confront their own mortality, and maybe even work some time in for Volcano Boarding.  This is how you earn the We Have Concerns endorsement.  More Details/Download MP3 →

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An Arm and a Leg (LIVE from the NerdMelt Showroom)

In this episode, recorded in front of a live audience at the NerdMelt Showroom in Los Angeles, Anthony and Jeff wrestle with their feelings after seeing the results of an experimental Chinese medial procedure.  A factory worker in the Hunan province would have lost his hand after it was sliced off in an industrial accident – if not for the fact that surgeons re-attached it to his leg and allowed it to live there for a month while his wound healed enough for it to be grafted back onto his arm.  It is a disturbing image, but is it a reassuring concept?  More Details/Download MP3 →

Discussion

Mins Words

Sonja Lang has created the world’s smallest functional language.  Her creation, Toki Pona, contains only 123 total words, and holds simplicity as its highest ideal.  Jeff is enamored by language and charmed by the idea of designing one from scratch to fulfill a specific aesthetic, while Anthony is frustrated by the lack of nuance and potential for confusion.  Together, they attempt to communicate what makes for great communication.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day.

Repeat Yourself

For the last ten years, a man in the UK has been waking up every day thinking it is March 14th 2005, the day he was scheduled to receive a root canal.  Anthony and Jeff think this sounds like something out of a romantic comedy, but stop to consider what it might actually be like for the man and his family.  Could it ever be a good thing?  More Details/Download MP3 →

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The Bots Motel

A hotel has opened in Japan that is staffed almost entirely by robots.  While this does seem like a cheap gimmick to Anthony and Jeff, they are still intrigued by the idea, and imagine what staying in such a place must be like.  More Details/Download MP3 →