Robo Baby Buggy Bumpers

Several high profile colleges have teamed up to create a universal index of basic knowledge for robots.  The theory is that robot brains will need to know how to process even the most elementary interactions with everyday objects, and one consolidated resource for this information could be used in all future robot AI. How are they doing it?  Stock photos and YouTube. Anthony just hopes the plans include robot dogs, while Jeff worries that this may lead to a world of Minecraft-addicted robots.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Know More Data

Plug your email address into a particular part of Google and you’ll see a map of everywhere you (and your smartphone) have been in the last month.  Anthony isn’t surprised and thinks anyone who is worried must be 70 years old.  Jeff envisions a world of massive amounts of searchable history of your life – a giant online diary.  Who’s naive and who’s paranoid?  Is this kind of record keeping useful, or will it lead to the subjugation of the public?  More Details/Download MP3 →

Free Monkey Smiles

When a monkey grabbed his camera in Indonesia, snapped the perfect selfie, and the photo went viral, British photojournalist David Slater assumed he’d make a pretty penny from the iconic image.  But the in a 1,222 page report, the US Copyright Office just announced that any picture taken by an animal, plant, or deity is cannot be owned by man.  This makes Anthony and Jeff wonder what kind of crazy photography is going on inside the US Copyright Office.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Immortal Transfusion

Researchers in California are planning to treat Alzheimer patients by replacing their blood with blood of young people.  Even crazier, there is reason to believe it may work, since old mice have become healthier and more youthful when their circulatory systems carried the blood of younger mice.  This, combined with the story of a jellyfish that can reverse its aging process when sick or injured, has Anthony and Jeff pondering the possibility of immortality.  That, and the inevitable vampire grandpas who’ll be stealing young blood to live forever.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Like This

A writer for Wired clicked ‘like’ on every single article, update, or advertisement that Facebook presented to him over the course of two days, and described what it did to his feed. It turns out, the algorithm can go pretty wild if you’re willing to follow it down the rabbit hole of thumbs up.  This leads Anthony to rail against social media and socializing in general, and Jeff to wonder what it means to be a machine.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Welcome to the Hoverboard Future

The “impossible” propulsion drive, which uses microwaves and invisible matter to theoretically power space travel – and which seems to violate the laws of physics, has apparently been validated by NASA.  [UPDATE: Not really.] This causes Jeff to go bananas, dreaming of a fantasy sci-fi future in his own lifetime and… wait for it… HOVERBOARDS.  Anthony is not having any of it.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Salmon Fodder

Humans controlling waterways by building dams has caused major problems for salmon, who must return to fresh water to breed. But a new company – Whooshh Innovations (not making that up) – has developed a better way to help salmon get upstream: a giant salmon cannon.  Anthony thinks this is the perfect Rube Goldberg solution to the problem, while Jeff worries about a country that solves every problem by turning things into guns.

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Ant-y Social

Researchers have determined that individual ant colonies have their own distinct personalities, and that these personalities are shaped by their environments.  This leads Jeff and Anthony to wonder if all animals have personality, and if humans might have personalities that are shaped by their environments, too.  Also, only eat animals that are dicks.

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White Penguins Can’t Jump

Fossils discovered in the Antarctic reveal a penguin that reached the approximate size of Lebron James, 6’8 and 250 pounds.  That’s a big penguin.  Jeff and Anthony try to figure out exactly how they would defeat such a creature in an ice-fight at the top of the food chain.  More Details/Download MP3 →

Married to a Troll

A woman on Reddit discovered that her husband had been leaving vile comments on web sites, so she kicked him out of the house.  Anthony and Jeff celebrate this principled woman, discuss the nature of internet trolls, and examine what constitutes an online dealbreaker.  More Details/Download MP3 →