Hosted by Steve Kern and Ben Warner, this podcast offers content that examines science, technology and culture in our modern, 21st century world and the way they are changing our lives.
100 Days Of Joe Biden
Joe Biden has now passed 100 days of his presidency, marking the occasion with an address to a socially distanced Congress. Inevitable comparisons to Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office are making the rounds, contrasting Trump’s bombastic, tweet fuelled and noisy start to his Presidency to Biden’s low-key, get on with it in the background, approach. Steve and Ben revisit US politics to discuss this comparison, while also discussing anti-trust action being taken against Apple over airtags and the Find My Network, and two YouTube influencers being deported from Indonesia due to a YouTube video prank that went viral showing them mocking local face mask rules.
Hustle culture has permeated our culture for some time as a way to measure and achieve success in life on financial and stature terms, but at the potential cost of mental health. Should you devote every waking minute of your life to working as hard as possible to achieve financial and material success? Steve and Ben examine this topic, as well as the online discussion around hustle culture, starting with those that promote it is a good thing, and the reaction against it as being toxic to your mental health. Steve and Ben also discuss their impressions and reactions to the products Apple announced at the tech giant’s recent Spring Loaded event, including the new colourful iMacs and the desktop class M1 processor being included in the new iPad Pro.
Pandemic Life One Year On
Although the coronavirus appeared in late 2019, the true global impact of the pandemic it unleashed did not hit until March 2020 where one by one, countries began to lock down in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus. One year later, and with vaccines slowly starting to roll out, the world is still in a period of heightened alert and stasis, anxiously awaiting a time when freedom of movement and activity can be restored to safe levels. Steve and Ben examine the coronavirus pandemic situation one year later, and how all of our lives have changed as a result.
Coronavirus In The Lab Theory
Former US CDC Director, Robert Redfield, in an upcoming interview series for CNN, states his opinion that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus originated in a lab in Wuhan, countering the established narrative that the virus likely jumped from a bat, to an intermediary animal host, and then to humans. The World Health Organisation has labelled this theory as highly unlikely, but does Redfield have substantiated reasoning to back up his opinion on the origins of the virus? Steve and Ben examine Redfield’s claims, as well as look at Ben’s recent purchase of the Keychron K2 Version 2 mechanical keyboard, and a story about NASA ruling at an asteroid impact in this century.
The Snyder Cut
After years of campaigning, and significant further investment, filmmaker Zack Snyder has finally unveiled his highly anticipated and requested cut of Justice League, which is vastly different to the 2017 Joss Whedon version of the film. Providing a unique, high profile example of how the same script can result in two very different films from two very different directors, the Snyder Cut has met higher critical acclaim than the original and is uniquely suited to the world of streaming in terms of its justification for existing at all. Steve and Ben examine this unique Hollywood production and why this occurred. They also discuss Justin Long, from I’m A Mac fame, lending his acting services to Intel to promote Intel’s chips as a counter point to Apple’s M1 chip.
Are we living in a simulation? Many have postulated the theory that our world, and everything we can sense and know around us, is nothing more than an elaborate computer simulation, one that is so detailed and rich, that we are unable to determine that it is simulated. From popular movies to science communicators, simulation theory has pervaded in our culture for some time, but is it a convincing theory? Steve and Ben discuss simulation theory, those who have discussed it, and what their own opinions are on the idea that we are living in a computer-generated dream world.