Ep 343: A Whimsical Dream

Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast —  May 9, 2019

The big business of loneliness; high decibel drones; pseudo science; living with smart devices; Amazon & big business; Alexa eavesdropping; Facebook reads your posts; AI Clippy; Microsoft news; Netflix tweets; bundle battles; the Predator; Daniel Suarez; humans are horrible; Winterfell’s Starbucks; feedback loop.

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Show Notes

FOLLOW UP

The big business of loneliness

Have You Heard the Buzz About Delivery Drones’ Noise?

How the U.K. Won’t Keep Porn Away From Teens

IN THE NEWS

MIT Just Created Living Plants That Glow Like A Lamp, And Could Grow Glowing Trees To Replace Streetlights

What it’s really like to live with so-called smart devices

Amazon wants to pay the New York Times and BuzzFeed to expand so it can reach more shoppers outside the US

Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time

Facebook ‘labels’ posts by hand, posing privacy questions

Word’s new AI editor will improve your writing

MEDIA CANDY

Netflix Confirms That Season Two Of Sex Education Has Started Filming

Netflix Stealth Dropped Chinese Sci-Fi Blockbuster The Wandering Earth This Weekend, and No One Noticed

The fight for the bundle is the war for the future of TV

The Cure’s 10 Best Deep Cuts

AT THE LIBRARY

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff
https://amzn.to/2VmCAKC

Delta-v by Daniel Suarez

MORON OF THE WEEK

Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace

Latest ‘Game of Thrones’ Episode Reveals There’s a Starbucks in Winterfell

HBO Reveals The Truth Behind ‘Game Of Thrones’ On-Screen Coffee Cup Mistake

FEEDBACK LOOP

BobbyG’s Chicago Eatery & Sports Bar

The future is here and the worst of all we feared…

Watch Jordan Peele use AI to make Barack Obama deliver a PSA about fake news

Some guy modified his Roomba to swear when it bumps into shit

If Arya Stark was a Jedi.

Taylor drift: Finally, a use for AI emerges? Cyber-smut star films fsck-flick in Tesla with Autopilot, warns: ‘I wouldn’t recommend it’

Truth Machine: A Novel of Things to Come by James L. Halperin

Automation Transformed How Pilots Fly Planes. Now the Same Must Happen With Cars

RGB Bros. Quiz

The rise of Glovo and the decline of labor

Firefox pushes another update to fix its broken add-ons

ITPro.tv

Microsoft Virtual Academy

Webwise

Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It by Marc Goodman

Jack Dorsey Is Gwyneth Paltrow for Silicon Valley

Twenty Thousand Hertz #61 – Dining on Decibels

Stablecoin Overload? Asset Class in Danger of Market Saturation

CLOSING SHOUT-OUTS

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