41 episodes

OK Smart-ass is a regular look at technology, how we see, use it and the impact it has on our everyday lives.

Ok Smart Ass Patrick Bonello & Tor Roxburgh

    • Technology

OK Smart-ass is a regular look at technology, how we see, use it and the impact it has on our everyday lives.

    Thrusting moon rockets, virtual holidays inside a robot and mind reading AI

    Thrusting moon rockets, virtual holidays inside a robot and mind reading AI

    Patrick wants to hitchkike onboard the biggest rocket in history with his sites set on the moon. Tor is aiming for Mars or maybe Uranus for a fecal transplant.
    Most of us are guilty of phubbing so Patrick has the perfect cure, Tor on the other hand has a cure for baldness and the formula for same sex couples to have babies.
    Your next overseas holiday might be a virtual one, inside a robot but maybe not a chinese drone.
    Feed your curiosity at oksmartass.com

    • 40 min
    Robots that fold your laundry, steerable needles and speaking to the dead

    Robots that fold your laundry, steerable needles and speaking to the dead

    In this episode we meet the world's fastest laundry folding robot. We ask how private is your incognito browser - you might be surprised that it's not very.
    How paranoid are you about your smart speakers? Patrick's friends made him take Google out of his spare room when they visited.
    The evolution of VR could give you super sensitive touch, hot and cold and even smell.
    Feed your curiosity at oksmartass.com

    • 45 min
    Magic boots, robotic bees, and rollercoaster phone trouble

    Magic boots, robotic bees, and rollercoaster phone trouble

    In this episode, we discover “dishbrain” is not a domestic malaise. It is a brilliant piece of science.
    Israeli robotic bees might hold the answer to the world’s pollination problems
    And we put our music taste to the test when we delve into the best music for work and play.
    Feed your curiosity at oksmartass.com

    • 44 min
    Facially recognise self drving cars with googly eyes

    Facially recognise self drving cars with googly eyes

    In this episode we colourise black and white photos of Tor without pointing out what that says about her age!
    Self-driving cars with googly eyes could make our roads safer for pedestrians.
    And in the long talked about dream for a personal robot, Patrick admits that a love-bot could sway him over a robot vacuum cleaner that just sucks.
    Feed your curiosity at oksmartass.com

    • 49 min
    Curious questions about China’s DNA collection, Germany’s elderly gas lights, and Amazon’s interest in vacuum cleaners

    Curious questions about China’s DNA collection, Germany’s elderly gas lights, and Amazon’s interest in vacuum cleaners

    In this episode, we get curious about why Amazon has bought a vacuum cleaner… Sorry, that should read: a whole company of vacuum cleaners. Why China is collecting so much DNA. And why Germany is still using gas lighting that was first installed in the nineteenth century.
    And Patrick gives us a review of his first Beyond Meat burger.
     
    Feed your curiosity at oksmartass.com

    • 38 min
    Sugar from thin air, batteries made from crab shells, and a reason to pity cockroaches

    Sugar from thin air, batteries made from crab shells, and a reason to pity cockroaches

    In this episode, we try to dismiss the idea of an AI, robot CEO, but worry it’s only a matter of time.
    In food tech, the big story is that one of Coca-Cola’s largest bottlers is working on making sugar from thin air.
    And a swarm of satellites helps explain the sad tale behind those North Korean ghost ships.
    Visit oksmartass.com to keep up to date on nerd stuff.

    • 36 min

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