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Welcome to Brainwaves - A new podcast exploring the big ideas shaping our world. Produced at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Brainwaves University of Colorado Boulder

    • Education
    • 4.9, 9 Ratings

Welcome to Brainwaves - A new podcast exploring the big ideas shaping our world. Produced at the University of Colorado Boulder.

    Social distancing hiatus: See you soon

    Social distancing hiatus: See you soon

    The University of Colorado Boulder, where we produce our podcast, has asked all employees to work remotely. We're taking a break while we practice social distancing and mildly obsess over our hand hygiene. We hope to return soon with more episodes that answer the big questions.

    • 35 sec
    Video games: The serious business and art behind esports

    Video games: The serious business and art behind esports

    Over a quarter of the world’s population is playing video games. What’s the big deal? And where do they go from here? In this episode of the Brainwaves podcast, we check in with professional esports “shoutcaster” Devin “PiraTechnics” Younge, the Media Archaeology Lab at CU Boulder and a professor who made an arcade experience out of being cooped up in the office.

    To learn more about Devin "PiraTechnics" Younge:
    https://lol.gamepedia.com/PiraTechnics

    Questions? Have a big idea for us to explore? Email us at brainwaves@colorado.edu.

    • 17 min
    The state of music, from the Beatles to Gen Z

    The state of music, from the Beatles to Gen Z

    April 10, 2020, will mark 50 years since the Beatles broke up. On this episode of the Brainwaves podcast, a music professor helps us put the breakup into perspective. We talk with the creator of the music storytelling YouTube channel Middle 8 for his take on Beatlemania and how technology is changing the face of music today. And we ask a few twenty-somethings: How many Beatles can you name?




    Middle 8 YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfeppgcy70ERp4gQrsYijsg

    • 13 min
    Artificial intelligence can love you, kill you, but can’t replace you

    Artificial intelligence can love you, kill you, but can’t replace you

    On this episode of the Brainwaves podcast, we talk with two experts who think artificial intelligence is being held back by our own biases. And the director of cinematography for The New York Times talks with us about the rush to connect weapons systems to AI that can’t tell right from wrong.

    If you'd like to let us know what you think or if you have a topic you think we should explore, let us know at brainwaves@colorado.edu.

    From The New York Times

    A.I. Is Making It Easier to Kill (You). Here’s How.: https://www.nytimes.com/video/technology/100000006082083/lethal-autonomous-weapons.html?searchResultPosition=1

    Killer Robots Aren’t Regulated. Yet.: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/13/technology/autonomous-weapons-video.html?searchResultPosition=2

    Media clips from:
    CNN Business: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DtyjC0UxTw
    NBC News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOk27I2EBac
    ABC News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cN8sJz50Ng

    Music credits:

    Moldy Lotion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSSdXximD7c
    Vibe Drive by Podington Bear: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/Driving/VibeDrive
    “Air Hockey Saloon” by Chris Zabriskie; license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...) Source: http://chriszabriskie.com/vendaface/ Artist: http://chriszabriskie.com/ Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/-NEsfl50G7s

    • 23 min
    Why we love pets: The science of animals’ feelings, our love for them and how to ease their loss

    Why we love pets: The science of animals’ feelings, our love for them and how to ease their loss

    Can animals feel complex emotions like grief? How can your pet save your life? How can it be easier when you lose a pet? All that and more on this episode of the Brainwaves podcast.

    Music credits:

    Water Lily by the 126ers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQm22usqKds

    Morning Stroll by Josh Kirsch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jt5YsCsv9Sc

    Play by Declan DP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEQ70lCZuec&list=PLzCxunOM5WFLOaTRCzeGrODz8TWaLrbhv&index=14

    • 20 min
    How Hollywood is bad (and sometimes good) for the environment, plus the Marvel debate

    How Hollywood is bad (and sometimes good) for the environment, plus the Marvel debate

    And we're back! We kick off a new season of the Brainwaves podcast taking a look at movies ahead of the Academy Awards. We'll look at the environmental toll of filmmaking, ways movies can inspire us to be better, and we'll take another look at a longstanding debate: Is the Marvel franchise a hero or villian to American movie culture?

    Have a big idea you want us to explore or other feedback? You can now email us at brainwaves@colorado.edu.

    Transcript available here: www.colorado.edu/today/node/37149/
    Music tracks:
    “Singin’ in the Rain” MGM
    “Avatar” 20th Century Fox
    “Titanic” Paramount Pictures
    “Avengers Suite” Disney/Marvel Studios

    • 17 min

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