This week we are discussing holograms; the difference between a hologram and holograph and if they will be the next big thing, or if the uses are somewhat gimmicky. Feeling we hadn't quite finished on genetic engineering and the power unlocking the gene sequence could give... think Mutants from X-Men... we meander through this enormous subject too, taking in VR & AR as we go.
How will genetic engineering effect us and will the perfect person really be that perfect? Is the ethics about improving ourselves as a human being or penalising those that have not been enhanced as they are more likely to become ill, be less intelligent, less sporty...technology is neither good nor evil.... it is the way in which it is use. Regenerative medicine, robot rats, spying moths and internal micro-bbbbbots. Oh, and surely it is easier to turn humans into robots than robots into humans?
Dan and Abi continue to look at the technology that will shape our future and where you can invest time to stay afloat in that brave new world. From lego to data science taking in generative art and our usual dig at Netflix - film genre's really do need to be redesigned. How smart is smart?
How does technology - AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning) - effect the way we work not just today but in the future (sorry farmers you get a bit of a bad wrap here). What if colloquialism effected driverless cars, the main frame computer keeps raising his (it's) head as picking the perfect pattern may actually just be a lottery and guerrilla marketing, anxious lemurs, meaning, purpose... all in a day's podcast.
Should I give up instagram? Would you? How does it really make you feel, we discuss FOMO, the idea of hiding metrics, rage quitting, how a feed about how rubbish your life was may actually make people feel good about themselves. And perhaps the solution is to take control of your social media, curate it in a way that inspires you, not be enslaved to the machine (or your friends' perfect lives). You can find Abi's new art gallery at @abismalll and blue ants anyone?
First of all lets deduce what a soul is, is consciousness, is it being able to reflect, or being aware that we are aware? or something much more godly altogether, Are slugs the most intelligent creatures in the world? and if so how would we know, quantumly speaking. Would data help us to make good decisions, and how do we feel about decisions not being our own? and finally when is the right time for robots to gain that consciousness, probably before they get their hands on an arsenal of nuclear weapons.
Should we start a crypto-currency - we think we have the perfect plan? Gold, the upside of the black death, social media, free speech and how about uni-culturalism? Uniting cultures to create something better, wa fusion not pockets of opposites.
Ever tried to learn design as a non designer? How do designers get it right? A dissection of what it is that comes naturally to designers that makes that difference to the UI of a website from pattern libraries and style guides, to balance and rhythm of the gestalt theory. How contrast may be more important than colour and no any old photo won't do - oh and our usual moan at the UI of Netflix.
Advertising is nothing new and has honed it's skills in persuasion over many years, but with the introduction of data and the ability to minutely target and perhaps know you better than you know you, at what point is it too much, at what point is it no longer our decision, or was it never our decision? Oh, and apparently most people go left!
With all this 'bad' news and fake news the aliens would think the internet only brings trouble, but is that true? ... or just more fake news. There is so much about technology that has continuously improved our lives that we have forgotten it is even technology, but where are we going with it? It seems perhaps eternal life and leaving earth... is there really nothing in between?