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The WEIRD Show

A weekly roundup of weird news, strange views and odd ideas.

Last Build Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2017 22:19:38 +0000

Copyright: 2006-2014

TWS392: There Are Worlds Without Us

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 22:19:38 +0000

On the show this week: Revisible; Off-planet Casual; By the Numbers; CQ: With the age of the Internet, we can experience things from all over the world in an instant, and integrate them into our personal culture -- but does that mean that the notion of "regional" or "national" culture are doomed to fade?

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TWS391: AI, Eh? Uh-Oh

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 15:45:49 +0000

On the show this week: Think Different. Pray Same.; Space For Filling; Non-Traditional; CQ: Which industry will be disrupted first: the clothing industry, when robotic tailors can custom-make clothing locally rather than ship them, or the travel industry, when we can VR remote into robotic surrogates?

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TWS390: Hal-Con 2017 Chat

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:33:57 +0000

My friends (Nax, Marie and Pat) join me to chat about what we enjoyed from Hal-Con, what we'd like to see, and what makes a con something we want to attend.

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TWS389: Playin’ Footy

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:22:50 +0000

On the show this week: Spotting the Unobvious; A Toehold on History; Robot, Know My Face; CQ: Is AI like fire (very useful in making life easier, but dangerous and when it gets out of control, generally causes a localized problem) or like water (essential, mostly controllable but tends to be incredibly powerful in a large area for a short time)?

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TWS388: Virtual Fictional Reality

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:10:49 +0000

On the show this week: Either Seen Or Known; The Upside Down; CQ: Waves of themes and styles of fiction often follow turbulent times, so what do you imagine people are writing which will follow our current times?

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TWS387: The One That Didn’t Get Away

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:28:25 +0000

On the show this week: Heart Officlal Life * It's The End * Whackers * CQ: Should aliens interfere with Earth, in order to save it? In other words, is the Prime Directive not only not a benign idea, but actually dangerous and irresponsible?

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TWS385: Until the Time of End

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 13:00:02 +0000

On the show this week: Big Picture Items * Spooky Science * Culture Clash * CQ: Can we have another Roswell-like event, or have we either a) made the aliens cautious about coming near the planet or b) become too cynical or observant to fall for such a confusion or hoax again? Full list of 14 articles after the jump!

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TWS384: Unidentified Trying Object

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:51:13 +0000

On the show this week: History Repeats (Until It Doesn't); Electric Slides; Body Tweaking; CQ: It was once believed that you needed a university degree to get a really good job, but with artificial intelligence eventually replacing menial jobs *and* being a better data-shuffler than people, will it be the 'creative economy' where the future jobs are? And if so, will we be recommending improv classes rather than university degrees?

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TWS383: Know Where To Turn To Nowhere

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 02:27:56 +0000

On the show this week: Follow the Signs; Gross Generalizations; Extras; CQ: We have rules and conventions for society at large -- but have we missed the rewards part of gamification, and focused only on the punishments and duties?

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TWS382: Growth of an Artificial Future

Sun, 07 May 2017 20:00:55 +0000

On the show this week: Growth Industries; Literal Truth; Spinventions; CQ: What creation from a old horror film are we going to recreate for modern -- ostensibly positive -- use?

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