TWS370: Changeable Universe

On December 2, 2016, in Episodes, by the Encaffeinated ONE

tws370-logoOn the show this week:

  • Breaking The Rules
  • Broken
  • Lost and Found
  • Halloween & Costumes

CQ: With costumes and cosplay becoming more common and accessible, will costumes become part of more people’s casual wardrobe?

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TWS369: I Live Here But My Home Is Space

On December 1, 2016, in Episodes, by the Encaffeinated ONE

tws369-logoOn the show this week:

  • Packin’ My Space Bags
  • Things We Have Done
  • All In Your Head

CQ: Once we have accepted robots as thinking beings, will we ever accept them as rulers and bosses?

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TWS368: Backslash Flashback

On October 20, 2016, in Episodes, by the Encaffeinated ONE

tws368-logoOn the show this week:

  • Unusual Science
  • Usual Science
  • Animal Science
  • Unanimal Science

CQ: Is there any moral difference between creating an artificial intelligence on a computer or a new biological entity capable of thinking?

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TWS367: eMix

On October 13, 2016, in Episodes, by the Encaffeinated ONE

tws367-logoOn the show this week:

  • Knowledge Remix
  • History Remix
  • Techno Remix

CQ: Now that the VCR is no longer being made and the headphone port is possibly in its dying days, what other beloved but outdated piece of tech, gadgetry or wired connection will likely get phased out soon?

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TWS366: Checking out the Neighbours

On September 15, 2016, in Episodes, by the Encaffeinated ONE

tws366-logoOn the show this week:

  • It’s a Pretty Big Place
  • Heart Official Intelligence
  • Leftovers

CQ: What sort of government would a colony arcship travelling for 20 years to a distant planet have?

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TWS365: Mistake Once Daily

On August 27, 2016, in Episodes, by the Encaffeinated ONE

TWS365 logoOn the show this week:

  • Mass Hystericals
  • Cold End of the Universe
  • Thinking It Through
  • Techno Logical

CQ: Look at your daily routine of regular activity and project forward: what will be a quotidian activity two hundred years from now?

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TWS364: Substituted With My Own

On August 18, 2016, in Episodes, by the Encaffeinated ONE

TWS364 logoOn the show this week:

  • Survival
  • The Pain In Rain Is The Main
  • Active Mentality
  • Mental Activity
  • SExtras

CQ: What’s a philosophical question you’ve yet to find a satisfactory answer for?

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TWS363: Artificially Regenerated The First Time

On August 4, 2016, in Episodes, by the Encaffeinated ONE

TWS363 logoOn the show this week:

  • Thinking About It
  • Japanimated
  • Space Between Your Fears
  • Death is a Plug-in
  • What Are, Water, Everywhere?

CQ: Presume that humans that grew up on different planets are genetically modified — whether by nature or science — and therefore more adapted to different environments. Would they still be eligible for the Olympics?

Thanks to Rich the TT for the email!

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TWS362: Trumpet Return

On July 8, 2016, in Episodes, by the Encaffeinated ONE

TWS362 logoOn the show this week:

  • Space Rocks
  • It Thinks It Can’t
  • Still, Life
  • Mind interfering with Matter
  • There Are No Words

CQ: Which will come first: Homo Sapiens Roboticus, in which symbiotic AI are merged with human beings, or Roboticus Sapiens, in which free-will robots exist on their own right? Why?

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TWS361 logoSomething quite a bit different for this episode, to be sure!

I love going to conventions, particularly science-fiction conventions. I’ve gone to Balticon in Baltimore, MD for several years now, in part to attend the convention itself, and in part to hang out with a whole lot of very creative, interesting and fun folks I’ve met and admired over the years in the pod-o-sphere.

I’ve been on panels and moderated a few (this year: Misuse and Abuse of Science), but I haven’t hosted many of my own. I’m never quite sure what they will be, and that’s not a great way to build a panel.

At least.. that’s what I used to think!

I designed two panels to potentially host at Balticon, but they were very late in telling me whether or not they had been approved, so I backed off doing any work for them, on the theory that I didn’t have time to spend a lot of time preparing for something that wasn’t likely to happen. (I’ve been burned on that before, thoroughly preparing a roleplaying game scenario for a convention and then never running it.)

And then, they let me know, about two weeks before the convention, that both of my ideas were accepted, albeit as each half-hour panels back-to-back.

Ahem.

I tried to get some of the work I would need to pull them off ready, but then realized that I had another panel presentation to prepare for — a professional one — for another conference I would be going to the week after the convention. Faced with decreased time, I simply decided to merge the two panel slots into one, and then do the initial panel presentation/discussion I had intended.

So, that’s what this week’s recording is: the panel I led at Balticon, entitled Looking at the World in a WEIRD Way. It’s not entirely coherent, and is more like one of my older solo episodes combined with audience feedback and participation. It’s not exactly what I intended, but once I threw out the rulebook and simply existed in the space, I found it actually went well.

I won’t be presenting this madness again next year; instead, I intend to prepare and propose the other panel, entitled WEIRD or WHAT? I’m hoping I can solicit help from some of my very creative friends to do a panel inspired by a segment called Bluff The Listener from the NPR program Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.

We shall see..

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