Episode 166 – Paradigm Shifted

4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42...00:00:00 – We get a bit distracted talking about mythical winds in the opening but that soon blows over and we’re left with part 1 of Ryan’s interview with Daniel H. Wilson about his novel Amped coming out in paperback as well as the history of sci-fi writing and the state of modern book burners.

00:26:23 – Since Daniel told us about his favorite Portland brews and donuts, Ryan braves Rogue’s Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale, which was not good, but thanks to a donation from James K. was able to wash it down with a Shocktop Midnight Wheat. Thanks, James! Patrick was also gifted a beer by his sister Courtney, in this case a Newcastle Werewolf which is about as disappointing as all the werewolf movies Patrick has forced his wife to sit through. On the other hand, Charlie is loving his Rockwall Wine Company Zinfandel.

00:36:54 – This week we try something a bit different for Trailer Trash Talk by pondering the future of TV on demand thanks to Netflix’s ambitious House of Cards.

00:52:31 – Time for part 2 of Ryan’s interview with author Daniel H. Wilson. This time: Turing tests, Ultron, raising kids while thinking about AI, and affirmation from others. Enjoy!

01:10:43 – PaleoPOWs are lot like Turing Tests; we can be pretty sure the person writing the e-mail is human, but we can never be certain. Ryan jumped the gun in the drinking segment so nothing to report here. Charlie reads some of the recent iTunes reviews glorifying Ben from the likes of chmegs013 and majorham. And Patrick has a glowing e-mail from Emily H. who managed to enjoy the podcasts of the Brachiolope Media Network even without internet!


Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts!


Music for this week’s show provided by:

Shadow Stabbing – Cake

Midnight Show – The Killers

House of Cards – Radiohead

Synthetic Dreams – 9dw (from the playlist Die Galaktischen Roboter)


Image Credit: Hack Library School

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5 Responses to Episode 166 – Paradigm Shifted

  1. Bob 28 February 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    “I wrote a screenplay that says you’re wrong.” Seriously? SERIOUSLY? Car computers communicating with each other to avoid collisions is more problematic than you might think. Surely you’ve had this experience: you’re walking along the sidewalk and see someone coming towards you. You step to the side to avoid them, and they step to the same side. You step to the other side, and so do they. You both chuckle and wave to each other. Computers are prone to exactly the same problem, and they aren’t smart enough to get to the “chuckle and wave” stage unless their decision-making algorithms have been very carefully designed. Algorithms have to be tested, or they probably won’t work when we need them to. Testing is extremely difficult and expensive.

    Somewhat tangential musings on the rigors of testing: I worked on the 787 for a few months, and I had to read a FOUR THOUSAND PAGE test report on the electromagnetic emissions from the windshield washer system. That is not an exaggeration. It was 1500 pages on the cleaning fluid pump and 2500 pages on the wiper blade motor. The system failed the test; emissions were too high. This was deemed to be acceptable, as the washers are only used when the plane is on the runway. So why go through all this testing? I don’t know, go ask the FAA. They require testing out the wazoo, and by and large it keeps planes from falling out of the sky. I don’t know if similar testing is being done on cars, and that makes me nervous.

  2. Ernie 28 February 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    I should like to direct Patrick’s to a little Canadian werewolf movie called “Ginger Snaps”. It is certainly not your standard fare. And you don’t have to just take the word of one random guy on the internet; you can take the word of 43 random people on the internet. It’s rated 88% “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes. Speaking of Canadian things, did I hear Ryan imply that Ben is Robo-Jesus?

  3. Andrew 4 March 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    Ryan mentions untappd in the episode, and in ensuing discussion opines that there should be something to give you points for brushing you teeth.

    The general concept is called “gamification”, and I wanted to note HabitRPG (habitrpg.com) – which is exists to enable just what Ryan was suggesting: point based rewards for mundane chores and habits.

  4. Josh 13 March 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Just wanted to give a shout out for “Dog Soldiers”. Like “Ginger Snaps”, mentioned above, it certainly qualifies as a good werewolf movie.


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