Ep 256: You Can Call Me AI

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  April 23, 2018

Live from Los Angeles; San Fran Scooter debacle; your customers are terrible; AI, AGI, ML & decision trees; Snap streaks; robot Ikea overlords; Apple Watch; the Expanse; Lost In Space; the Cure, Shirley Manson & the Scully Effect; mutant enzyme; eSwatini.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW-UP

AS SHARED SCOOTERS INVADE, CITIES MUST DECIDE WHOSE VEHICLES BELONG WHERE
https://www.wired.com/story/san-francisco-electric-scooters-bird-limebike/?mbid=social_twitter

Electric Scooter Permits Will Be Required in San Francisco
https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/17/electric-scooter-permits-will-be-required-in-san-francisco/

San Francisco to scooter startups: Your customers are terrible
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/04/san-francisco-dubs-new-electric-scooter-startups-a-public-nuisance/

San Francisco: “We Cannot Overstate” Hazard of Scooters
https://slate.com/business/2018/04/san-francisco-cracks-down-on-electric-scooters.html

Rebranded Chinese scooters are taking over San Francisco
https://qz.com/1257198/xiaomi-makes-the-bird-and-spin-scooters-taking-over-san-francisco/

After Two Dockless Scooter Companies Launch In Austin, City Speeds Up Rule Process
http://kut.org/post/after-two-dockless-scooter-companies-launch-austin-city-speeds-rule-process

SOS Pledge
https://www.bird.co/sos-pledge-mar272018

Tim Cook on merging macOS and iOS: “I don’t think that’s what users want”
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/04/tim-cook-on-merging-macos-and-ios-i-dont-think-thats-what-users-want/

IN THE NEWS

Finland is killing its experiment with basic income
http://www.businessinsider.com/finland-to-end-basic-income-experiment-2018-4

Shady-Ass Cambridge Analytica Was Reportedly Developing a Shady-Ass Cryptocoin
https://gizmodo.com/shady-ass-cambridge-analytica-was-reportedly-developing-1825333247

AI is an excuse for Facebook to keep messing up
https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/13/17235042/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-ai-artificial-intelligence-excuse-congress-hearings

YouTube Accused of Collecting Data on Millions of Kids Who Use The Site
https://www.fatherly.com/news/youtube-accused-collecting-data-millions-child-users/

Teens explain the world of Snapchat’s addictive streaks, where friendships live or die
http://www.businessinsider.com/teens-explain-snapchat-streaks-why-theyre-so-addictive-and-important-to-friendships-2017-4

Apple reportedly cuts production of HomePod amid poor sales
http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-reportedly-cuts-production-of-homepod-amid-poor-sales-2018-4

Smartphones Are Destroying The Planet Even Quicker Than We Thought
http://www.ladbible.com/news/interesting-technology-news-smartphones-are-destroying-the-planet-even-quicker-than-we-thought-20180407

Apple unveils new iPhone recycling robot capable of dismantling 200 devices per hour
http://bgr.com/2018/04/19/recycled-iphones-apple-robot-daisy/

This Robot Just Assembled an IKEA Chair Without Throwing a Fit
https://www.sciencealert.com/this-robot-just-assembled-an-ikea-chair-without-having-a-meltdown

Oath’s new privacy policy allows it to scan your Yahoo and AOL mail for targeted advertising
https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/14/17237864/oath-aol-yahoo-email-privacy-terms-scan-ads

Google Will Stop Reading Your Emails for Gmail Ads
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-23/google-will-stop-reading-your-emails-for-gmail-ads

US bans American companies from selling to Chinese phone maker ZTE
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/16/us-bans-american-companies-from-selling-to-chinese-phone-maker-zte.html

Amazon Prime has 100 million-plus Prime memberships — here’s how HBO, Netflix and Tinder compare
https://www.recode.net/2018/4/19/17257942/amazon-prime-100-million-subscribers-hulu-hbo-tinder-members

MoviePass’s finances show that it might be too good to be true
https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/19/moviepass-losing-money-auditor/.

APPS & DOODADS

Apple Watch Series 3
http://www.apple.com/apple-watch-series-3/

So, now if I want to leave Argus…
http://www.azumio.com/s/argus/index.html

How can I delete my Azumio account?
http://support.azumio.com/customer/portal/articles/2007571

How do I export my exercise data and workout history?
http://support.azumio.com/customer/portal/articles/2038633

Nomad List
https://nomadlist.com/

Put Tape on Your Apple TV Remote
http://lifehacker.com/put-tape-on-your-apple-tv-remote-1825319793

ORGONE CHAKRA HEALING PENDANT
https://vinayaspirit.com/products/orgone-chakra-healing-pendant

Orgonite Chakra Pendant With Genuine Stone
https://amzn.to/2qKA0wN

Forget north and south: Google Maps uses fast-food restaurants to tell you where to turn
https://mashable.com/2018/04/19/google-maps-directions-landmarks-fast-food/

MEDIA CANDY

The Expanse
http://www.syfy.com/theexpanse

Lost In Space
https://www.netflix.com/title/80104198

Westworld
https://www.hbo.com/westworld

Wild Wild Country
https://www.netflix.com/title/80145240

Bosch Season 4
https://amzn.to/2K0SrW0

New Cure Music?
http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2018/04/10/robert-smith-meltdown-performance/

The Cure’s first trip to America | Listen to their entire first US concert and more!
http://www.post-punk.com/the-cures-first-trip-to-america/

Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins are set to release a Poptone Part Time Punks Session
http://www.post-punk.com/part-time-punks-pop-tone/

Listen to Poptone’s re-recording of Go!
http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2018/04/19/poptone-go-stream/

Shirley Manson-This Week’s Podcast
http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/2018/04/10/shirley-manson-this-weeks-podcast/

The ‘Scully Effect’ Is Real: Female X-Files Fans More Likely to Go Into STEM
http://mentalfloss.com/article/540530/scully-effect-female-x-files-viewers-stem-careers

WHY THE MUSIC INDUSTRY HASN’T HAD ITS #METOO MOMENT
https://www.wired.com/story/music-industry-me-too/

The Original Version Of Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ Has Just Been Released And It’s Freaking Amazing
http://digg.com/video/prince-nothing-compares-2-u-original

AT THE LIBRARY

Stinker Lets Loose!
https://www.audible.com/pd/Comedy/Stinker-Lets-Loose-Audiobook/B077NM2GWY

Stinker Lets Loose! – Official Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wx8qUDs0R3k

BRIC-A-BRAC

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/16/scientists-accidentally-create-mutant-enzyme-that-eats-plastic-bottles

Watch More Adventures in Replying to Spam with James Veitch
http://mentalfloss.com/article/91929/watch-more-adventures-replying-spam-james-veitch

Swaziland king renames country Kingdom of eSwatini
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/19/swaziland-king-renames-country-kingdom-of-eswatini

*MORON OF THE WEEK*

A cryptocurrency startup is investing cryptocurrency in a cryptocurrency fund that invests in other cryptocurrency startups
https://www.recode.net/2018/4/11/17224280/ripple-blockchain-capital-cryptocurrency-investment

Bitcoin heist suspect reportedly walked out of low-security prison, onto flight
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/04/alleged-bitcoin-heist-thief-probably-fled-to-sweden-iceland-police-say/

YouTube Taught Me How to Shower
https://slate.com/technology/2018/04/youtube-taught-me-how-to-shower.html

FEEDBACK LOOP

Finally saw the awful #bird scooters Brian has been complaining about. They are as bad as described (if not worse).
https://twitter.com/nerdrewind/status/985732237722185728/photo/1

Google’s new DIY AI kits could help shape the future
http://bgr.com/2018/04/17/google-diy-ai-kits-vision-kit-voice-kit-aiy/

This sounds like a genius idea
https://twitter.com/pardesoteric/status/986660508806737920

Google’s new DIY AI kits could help shape the future
https://www.wired.com/story/terms-of-service-didnt-read/

QUANTUM MECHANICS COULD SOLVE CRYPTOGRAPHY’S RANDOM NUMBER PROBLEM
https://www.wired.com/story/quantum-mechanics-could-solve-cryptographys-random-number-problem/

Google’s new DIY AI kits could help shape the future
https://www.wired.com/story/minds-anti-facebook/

Minds – The crypto social network
https://www.minds.com/

Amazon’s Fart App is the Best Reason to Buy an Echo Button
https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/12/amazons-fart-app-is-the-best-reason-to-buy-an-echo-button/

THOUGHT-READING MACHINES AND THE DEATH OF LOVE
https://www.wired.com/story/ideas-jason-pontin-openwater/?mbid=nl_041718_daily_list_p

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

RIP Harry Anderson
https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/tv/harry-anderson-magician-star-night-court-dies-65-n866526

R. Lee Ermey
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/15/obituaries/r-lee-ermey-dead-actor.html

Avicii Dies at 28
http://variety.com/2018/music/news/avicii-dead-at-28-1202772767/

Barbara Bush
http://people.com/politics/barbara-bush-sips-bourbon-after-health-reveal/