Tag: The Future

DNA Podcast 137 – AI in Popular Culture

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DNA Podcast 137 - AI in Popular Culture

In this episode, Rob and Don look back at the past of humanity’s relationship with Artificial Intelligence and ponder where it will be going in the future. The duo discuss recent innovations in AI, how people’s concept of what AI is has changed over the years, and why AI might not want to wipe us out after all. All this, and why sexbots may herald humanity’s doom, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Artificial Intelligence
Google Engineer Claims Google AI is Sentient
BF Skinner
Dr. Susan Calvin (Robopsychologist from Issas Asimov stories)
Queensryche- The Warning (Album)
GREY (manga)
The Turing Test
Understanding Comics
Cognitive Dissonance
The Singularity
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Is the Internet Conscious? If It Were, How Would We Know?
Colossus: The Forbin Project
Electric Dreams (movie)
Lawnmower Man (movie)
Max Headroom
Gamma World
Tay Microsoft Chatbot
Korean Mukbang Videos

DNA Podcast 007 – Welcome to Cyberpunk

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The Department of Nerdly Affairs
DNA Podcast 007 - Welcome to Cyberpunk



Greetings Operatives! In this episode Rob and Don discuss the ways in which the reality has come to mirror Cyberpunk fiction. It’s 2016, and in the 1980’s Cyberpunk promised us Netrunning, Posergangs and Rockergirls! What did they get right? What did they get wrong? We also discuss why AKB48 are the perfect girl group, For-Profit Prisons and the glorious show that is Max Headroom! So jack into the net and let your avatar soar into the Department of Nerdly Affairs!

Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Show Notes:

African American Culture
New Star Trek Series Premiers January 2017
William Gibson
Bruce Sterling
Walter John Williams
Greg Bear
Cyberpunk RPG
Pewdiepie (video)
Fred (video)
Baby Metal
3 ways the Japanese entertainment industry keeps idol singers from dating
Hatsune Miku (video)
My Girlfriend Got a Virus (lyrics because they’ve taken down the song)
Most American Pop Written by 2 Guys
American Flag
Macross Plus
Facebook and Polarization Study
Campus Activists Weaponize Safe Spaces
Horse Race Journalism
Max Headroom Promo Video
Max Headroom Episode One
League of Legends
“The Wizard” (video trailer)
The Wizard – Nintendo Powerglove (video)
Judge Dredd
Telephone Booth Stuffing
Ray J. Johnson
West Virginia’s Water Crisis
For Profit Prisons
Is Technology Making Society Safer?
EH: The Broad Street Pump (sanitation)
World’s Largest Clone Factory
Insurance company now offers discounts — if you let it track your Fitbit
Insurance Monitoring Drivers