Jeff Cannata and Anthony Carboni talk about the personal philosophical concerns they find lurking inside everyday things. It's fun?
Revisiting What Concerns Brock Wilbur
In light of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v Wade, Anthony and Jeff thought it worthwhile to revisit this episode of We Have Concerns from August, 2015. In it, special guest Brock Wilbur relates his experience volunteering at Planned Parenthood. Brock gives a powerful first hand account of the people affected by the court's decision, and Jeff and Anthony are proud to be able to help share Brock's story. Brock Wilbur is a stand-up comic and writer, and the co-host of the Caring into the Void podcast, which you can find anywhere you get podcasts.
Artificial Intelligence or Personhood?
Blake Lemoine, an engineer for Google’s responsible AI organization, described the LaMDA system he has been working on since last fall as sentient, with a perception of, and ability to express thoughts and feelings that was equivalent to a human child. In an extended discussion, Anthony and Jeff step through this fascinating story. Is it possible that this chatbot has achieved personhood, or is it merely an illusion?
Extreme Sitting and Worldwide Trolley Problems
Robert “Robby” Silk, 49, has pioneered the sport of competitive chair-sitting, an endurance activity that involves sitting in extreme environments, from sun-up to sundown without any sort of time pieces or electronic devices. Jeff and Anthony discuss whether this trailblazing behavior makes him a badass. Then, is the infamous "Trolley Problem" considered differently by different cultures around the world? A group of researchers decided to find out, and Anthony and Jeff take a look at the results.
Swallow the Slime and Wear the Fungus
Researchers have developed a magnetic slime "robot" that can shift into different shapes to grab objects. It may be used to operate inside humans without the need for surgery. Anthony and Jeff discuss the notion of swallowing the magnetic slime, and the future of soft robots. Then, the nuclear meltdown in Chernobyl has given birth to a new type of slime that thrives in radioactive environments. Scientists hope it may be a biological key to creating ways for humans to survive in deep space. Jeff and Anthony talk about how sometimes awful events can reveal useful information.
Swear Words and Boring People
Words have power - and maybe swear words have the most power. Jeff and Anthony take a look at the data that suggest the best reasons and ways to curse your @$! off. Then, a group of researchers set out to find the most boring person in the world. What makes a person boring? Anthony and Jeff debate the dull.
Moon Trees and Watching Memories Form
One of the Apollo 14 astronauts took a bag of tree seeds to the moon. A few years after the astronauts returned home, some of the seeds were planted across the United States... and then forgotten. Anthony and Jeff discuss the effort to track down these Moon Trees, and if they really mean something. Then, researchers have directly observed what happens inside the brain of a zebra fish when it is being traumatized. Jeff and Anthony talk about what this breakthrough means, and how exactly the scientists traumatized those fish.
Rock on 🤘🏼
Been listening for what feels like forever, I’m in this for the long haul!! Here’s to years and years of shows to come!!
We shall be united in Valhalla to ride Manticores together.
Great Podcast with One Caveat
Love this podcast. Both Jeff and Anthony are hilarious together and super like-able. Almost like two coworkers who inevitably fall in love…but I digress. The only reason I don’t give a 5-star review is that sometimes the religion bashing can be a bit much. I don’t happen to believe science and religion are mutually exclusive. However there’s an undertone (that I feel like is not just a bit) that all religion is worthless. And sometimes it’s just a smidge too much, as if anyone who has any spiritual leaning is an idiot incapable of intelligent thought. Again, for the most part, great podcast, but that is one aspect I could do without.