Ep 190: Merry Weltschmerzmas

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  December 16, 2016

Closing out 2016 with a self-driving, AI-written, crowd-sourced, drone-delivered, kick-started bang; billions upon billions of breaches; PopcornTime; Waymo; Magic Leap; masterclasses; pigs in space; chemical texts; digital pills; picturesque places to poop.

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Show Notes

INTRO

Elon Musk Thinks You Should Have Free Money Because Robots Are Taking All the Jobs

IN THE NEWS

‘I’m Here to Help,’ Trump Tells Tech Executives at Meeting

Twitter cut out of Trump tech meeting over failed emoji deal

VALLEY OF THE DOLTS

This AI’s attempt to write a Christmas carol is absolutely bone-chilling

The Great A.I. Awakening

Definition of artificial intelligence from the Oxford English Dictionary

Amazon Prime Air’s First Delivery

Truckers think automation won’t take their jobs for 40 years. Silicon Valley strongly disagrees.

Testing of Autonomous Vehicles

U.S. Could Soon Require All Cars to “Talk” to Each Other to Avoid Crashes

Say hello to Waymo: Google’s self-driving car project gets a new name

Uber Expands Its Self-Driving Car Service to San Francisco

Uber’s San Francisco self-driving pilot draws criticism from California DMV

DMV shuts down Uber’s unlicensed self-driving car program after prototype ran red light in front of pedestrian on camera

Uber employees secretly tracked politicians and celebrities, lawsuit claims

AI Winter Isn’t Coming

Amazon workers in Scotland are camping outside in the bitter cold to avoid travel costs

Magic Leap is actually way behind, like we always suspected it was

Magic Leap has lost another high-profile executive

Instagram’s live video is rolling out to all US users starting today

SECURITY HAH!

The CyberWire

The CyberWire Podcast (iTunes Link)

Yahoo reveals yet another billion-user breach

CyberWire roundup of commentary from industry experts

Devious Ransomware Frees You if You Infect Two Other People

San Francisco Rail System Hacker Hacked

Ford’s recently published patent should freak you out a bit

Snowden Q&A with Jack Dorsey

150 Filmmakers Ask Nikon and Canon to Sell Encrypted Cameras

CRYPTO MOBILE HC-9100

We made a funny Star Wars video

AT THE LIBRARY

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis: The Vampire Chronicles

SOFTWARE, APPS, AND GADGETS

Wynn Las Vegas to equip 4,748 hotel rooms with Amazon Echo: It’s ‘seamlessly delicious,’ Steve Wynn says

DJI Osmo Mobile

DJI Osmo Mobile on Amazon

Torch Mini

Ask Jelly

Pulse

Banish Cold Genitals With a $249 Lube Warmer That Only Takes Lube Pods

Asana – Project management

Omni Plan 3

Skype is bringing real-time translation to all calls — even on old school rotary phones

How to Start Fresh Again on Social Media

Privacy Badger 2.0 Is a Privacy Protection Powerhouse for the Web

Evernote’s new privacy policy allows employees to read your notes

UPDATE: Evernote will no longer change its privacy policy in January

How to Jump Ship From Evernote and Take Your Data With You

Bear

Electronic Music Production with deadmau5

Cooking with Gordon Ramsay

MEDIA CANDY

Mozart in the Jungle

Sherlock Season 4 Trailer Is Here

Netflix got weird on Twitter and Instagram for its new show

The OA on Instagram

Millions

Unlocked: The World of Games, Revealed

Star Trek: Discovery Has Found Its Lead in Sonequa Martin-Green

Cranberries/Smiths supergroup D.A.R.K. share gothic club track “The Moon” — listen

Neil Young is turning Pono into a high-res music streaming service

MORON OF THE WEEK

Oh, Snap!

McDonald’s Christmas coffee cup’s naughty makeover goes viral

OOOH FANCY

15 Unique Illnesses You Can Only Come Down With in German

21 Perfect German Words We Need In English

Forvo – The pronunciation dictionary.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Scientists Discovered A Way To Send Texts…Through Chemicals

British Airways Patents ‘Digital Pill’ to Monitor In-Flight Happiness

7 of the World’s Most Picturesque Places to Poop

COMMENT OF THE WEEK

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

26 Times Shit Got Way Too Fucking Real In Britain In 2016

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

The Word of the Year for 2016 Isn’t a Word. It’s a Number

This provocative NSFW photo series highlights Donald Trump’s sexism

Doggie Depot in Downers Grove, IL

Does It Have Legs 38: Trainspotting