The official podcast of Kottke.org. In just 15 minutes, the coolest stuff that happened in the world today. Science, progress, life-hacks, memes, exciting art and hope. The antidote to depressing headlines. Smart stuff in podcast form. Cool news, as a service.
Thu. 05/06 - Is This Podcast Cheugy?
Are you cheugy? Am I cheugy? What the heck is cheugy? The more we post photos of ourselves online, the easier it is for AIs to recognize us. But what if there were a way for them to forget our faces? And a useful site that will tell you exactly how long you need to watch any TV show you want.
Wed. 05/05 - Professional Mermaids Are Taking Over
Company tries running Facebook ads that transparently point out how Facebook ads work. Facebook blocks the ads. Shocking! Mermaid diving––like free diving but while wearing a mermaid tail––is quickly becoming a real sport. Dunbar’s number says human brains can’t keep up with more than 150 casual friendships, but new research disagrees. And it’s time to vote on a name for the newest baby raven at the Tower of London.
Tue. 05/04 - The Closest to a Real Lightsaber We'll Probably Get
The physics of jumping to hyperspace, Disney teases their retractable lightsaber, and more Star Wars Day updates. Plus, in real space news: China launched the first module of the Chinese Space Station into orbit last week.
Mon. 05/03 - Can We Expand Human Life Spans?
Average human life expectancy doubled in the last century. Has it reached its cap or can we double it again? Some considerations. And NASA conducted a tabletop simulation of an asteroid impact last week, with… less than ideal results. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with tips on how to survive a killer asteroid.
Fri. 04/30 - Human Memes Are Taking Back What They’re Owed
People who accidentally became memes are using NFTs to regain a sense of ownership over their likenesses––and make some pretty nice chunks of change. Scotland could become the first “rewilding nation.” And another shortage report. This time: computer chips.
Thu. 04/29 - An AI Won a Crossword Tournament & the Olympics Gets Into eSports
How an AI, after failing for a decade, finally won the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. The Olympics are going virtual, but not how you’re probably thinking. And remembering Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins.
My daily friend
I started with this podcast when it was daily corona virus update with another host but I am still listening and it brings joy to my daily life with all the all around news and updates. I wasn’t sure how much I liked it when hosts changed but I honestly can’t imagine the podcast without Jackson. This has been a constant in my lockdown life and it is going to be so strange to be on the other side of this pandemic. I already have moments of nostalgia when I hear the music and think about how strange the world was listening to this while wiping down groceries from the delivery company in the beginning of the pandemic. I am a listener for as long as this podcast resumes. It’s a highlight in my day and even if I miss a few I love binge listening to the ones I’ve missed.
I love the bite-sized stories!
Thank you for producing this so consistently.
Fun, informative and entertaining. Great host, great content!