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Join Max Sklar and guests in this podcast about AI, technology, and society. Email localmaxradio@gmail.com for questions and feedback.

Show notes page on the website: http://www.localmaxradio.com

    Ep. 106 - Incredible Map Tech, Venezuela 1% Free, and The 4 Crypto Seasons

    Ep. 106 - Incredible Map Tech, Venezuela 1% Free, and The 4 Crypto Seasons

    Today’s news update focuses on the 15 years of Google Maps and Location technology in general. Max relates to his experience on Stickymap and Foursquare. We talk about Satellite Imagery, Mapquest, and recent efforts to create digital models of cities on the ground level using Machine Learning on Photos. Finally, we talk about what the augmented reality City might look like.

    Other topics include a recent spate of articles about Venezuela selling off part of it’s nationalized company, and whether the socialist revolution has run its course in that country. Max also coins the 4 seasons of cryptocurrency.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 105 - Joys of Bayes, Belief Networks, and Aerodynamics with Sophie Carr

    Ep. 105 - Joys of Bayes, Belief Networks, and Aerodynamics with Sophie Carr

    Today’s guest is Sophie Carr, a mathematician who specializes in Bayesian Inference and Aerodynamics. Max asks about her analogies for wrapping one’s head around Bayesian Inference, and applying it in the real world.

    Max also follows up on Encryption laws.

    • 50 min
    Ep. 104 - Connected Cars, Coronavirus, and Communication: Privacy under assault in Digital Age

    Ep. 104 - Connected Cars, Coronavirus, and Communication: Privacy under assault in Digital Age

    Today’s news update covers issues related to big data and privacy. We start with how big data from public information is being used to track and fight coronavirus, followed by the possibility that the car of the future will be spying on you. Finally, we get into a proposal in Congress to criminalize encryption technology, which will make our data less secure. Finally, the New York Times puts out another Bitcoin hitjob, complete with inaccurate links about criminal activity.

    • 55 min
    Ep. 103 - Dave Rubin on Launching Locals and Taking Power back from Big Tech

    Ep. 103 - Dave Rubin on Launching Locals and Taking Power back from Big Tech

    Dave Rubin stops in to The Local Maximum to discuss his new venture called Locals, a subscription-based community solution that gives power to creators, not platforms. He discusses the current problems with our online platforms and communication systems on “big tech” and his approach to fixing it.

    Dave Rubin is a talk show host, comedian, and TV personality. He is the host of The Rubin Report, a talk show about big ideas and free speech, heralded for it's politically incorrect and open approach to discussing complex issues and current events. The show has garnered a huge fan base from across the world, by having honest conversations about important topics in a thoughtful and candid manner rarely seen in mainstream media. The show is a top political YouTube channel and leading political podcast on iTunes.

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    • 36 min
    Ep. 102 - Logical Induction, Building Ordinals, and Compounding Errors

    Ep. 102 - Logical Induction, Building Ordinals, and Compounding Errors

    Max give his take on Logical Induction and the construction of mathematical objects, a topic that he's been interested in for years.

    Topics include:
    - Intro to Mathematical Induction
    - Tradition Induction vs Ordinal Induction vs Epslion Induction
    - The Dominos analogy
    - Logical arguments vs Physical Arguments
    - Problems with compound implications in the real world
    - Spotting arguments that hide compound errors

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    • 40 min
    Ep. 101 - Robots Taking All Our Jobs? Antony Sammeroff’s Rebuttal

    Ep. 101 - Robots Taking All Our Jobs? Antony Sammeroff’s Rebuttal

    These days there’s a lot of angst about job loss due to automation, AI, and Robotics. This led to a formal debate at the SoHo forum in New York about the implications of robotics and automation technology on the job market and what our response should be. Today’s guest, Anthony Sameroff, successfully argued against the resolution which predicts widespread joblessness due to automation.

    • 42 min

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