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Episode 20: The Flappy Birds of Mt. Gox

Millions of dollars go missing from a BitCoin “bank” while an unknown programmer in Vietnam decides that $50,000 a day from his game was ruining his life. Vertical monopoly returns with Comcast/Universal’s bid to buy Time Warner and Facebook increases it’s kingmaker status by creating more millionaires overnight. This week Jason and Stan talk about money and technology from several angles. Mt. Gox was the biggest exchange for a new form of currency called BitCoin which is based on algorithms and thousands of interconnected computers. But when it failed, the very human emotions of greed, theft, and revenge rose to the top. Meanwhile money wasn’t everything for the lone programmer of the most popular mobile phone game, Flappy Bird.

How has technology changed how you interact with your money?

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Episode 19: Tell Me Have You Seen HER

With awards season in the air, Stan & Jason discuss HER, the latest film by director Spike Jonze, about a man that falls in love with his operating system. It’s literally a film about the human side of technology, and one that paints a hyper realistic portrait of what a technology laden future might look like. Stan & Jason discuss what they thought worked best about the film and the ways in which it differs from many other films that attempt to show the near future. We discuss the film spoiler free for about 20 minutes for those that haven’t seen it and declare loudly when we’re entering into spoilers to discuss the end of the film.

And please, do tell us, have you seen HER?

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Episode 18: The Spiritual Singularity and the Coming Age of Transparency with Zachary Feder

This week’s episode is a bit more esoteric, and a little more unconventional, than usual. Jason sits down with Zachary Feder to discuss his talk “The Spiritual Singularity and the Coming Age of Transparency.” Jason and Zach get into how the rapid pace of technological development that is so clearly seen in the world of “things” is also happening “inside”. In other words, the ways we connect, grow, and develop as individuals is also undergoing rapid and profound changes.

Zach’s vision is one of overall optimism rooted from the belief that new generations will be raising their kids into a world of default connectedness (technological, emotional, cognitive), and in which transparency and integrity become the easiest paths to a fulfilling life.

Stan, however, challenges Zach’s utopian vision and default optimism in the face of the real world’s challenges, and the two of them enter into a lively and fascinating discussion about nothing short of the future path of humanity.

While a bit more out of the box than usual, we hope you enjoy this episode!

About Zachary Feder

Zachary is an associate with LionHeart Consulting; a business development firm based in Portland, Oregon that assists organizations in reaching greater levels of harmony, prosperity and sustainability. Zachary is particularly known for his program “The Foundation”, a system that provides individuals with a solid mental and emotional ground upon which the structures of higher consciousness can be securely built.

Video of Zachary’s talk from the What Next Conference, as put on by Integral Life.

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Episode 17: An Economy of What? The Book Review Episode

Stan and Jason talk about two books they recently read which both examine our changing economy from different angles: Who Owns the Future by Jaron Lanier and The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer. With Lanier’s book covering where we’re going, and Packer’s book covering where we’ve been, the question arises, what exactly will our economy consist of in the coming years?

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Episode 16: What We Did On Our Summer (and Fall!) Vacations

They’re back! After a long hiatus, Stan and Jason return to chat about what they’ve each been up to over the last few months that have been keeping them busy. Stan’s put some finishing touches on his fascinating self tracking app, LifeSlice and Jason’s been plugging along editing his forthcoming short film, Share.

The duo also discuss some of the different tech trends we’ve been noticing over the last few months, as well as sharing about some of the unique challenges those tech trends can present to freelancers. Can too much choice be a bad thing? Feeling decision fatigue? Should you even be listening to this podcast right now, or maybe is there something more important you should be doing? But, what if in listening to this podcast it starts a chain reaction that makes doing that thing you need to be doing easier? Why are you still reading this? Shouldn’t you just be listening by now? Only you can decide.

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Episode 15: The NSA probably knows you’re listening to this

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve heard about whistleblower Edward Snowden’s startling leaks. The National Security Agency is collecting massive amounts of data about our phone calls and online activity. (If you have been hiding under a rock, then they might not have anything about you.) Many people are outraged and call it an invasion of privacy, but polls show a majority of Americans are okay with it. In this week’s episode, Jason and Stan explain what the NSA is actually doing, and talk about the bigger implications of the technology of snooping.

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Episode 14: It’s Getting Harder to Be a Dick

As our digital trails become stronger and stronger, Jason posits the theory that it’s getting harder to be a dick.  We break down 3 significant topical events of the last year: the Boston Marathon Bombing, the unmasking of internet troll Violentacrez, and the video of Karen Klein the Bus Monitor. In each case, technology was both the cause of and solution to the situations being discussed. Using this trio as our lens, we break down the pros and cons of increasing camera surveillance, anonymity on the internet, the ways in which the internet’s perfect digital memory makes it harder to live down mistakes, and the dangers of online “witch hunts” powered solely by the crowd. Let us know your thoughts below!

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Episode 13: Would You Share?

In episode 13 Jason talks with Stan about the new short film he is writing and directing: SHARE. Taking place in a world where life-recording has been perfected and people can record their ENTIRE life experiences – all their thoughts, emotions, memories, and even fantasies – those digital memories can also be “shared” with other people in a bit of science fiction magic. Wondering how this might affect intimate relationships, Jason’s film explores one couple’s decision whether or not to “share” everything with each other. Playing off that idea, Jason asks Stan the question that’s been driving his promotional campaign, Would You Share? Tune in to find out what Stan thinks, how this might affect family history, some of the ways digital archiving is already changing Stan’s relationship with is father, and how things like ambient intimacy are already changing the ways in which we relate.

If you like the idea, please support the film’s kickstarter campaign! And if you want to see our mugs up close and personal, checkout the special video of this episode.

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Episode 12: Writing Google SEO Porn for Online Reputation Management

We’ve all googled ourselves at some point, but what happens when we don’t like what appears? In episode 12 Stan sits down with Kathleen, who specializes in “online reputation management”, or the art of controlling what information appears on page one when googling a person, brand, or company. In the digital age when NOTHING disappears on the internet, and google makes it nearly impossible to remove any pages you didn’t personally create, a person’s entire digital history can be deeply affected by bad reviews, public records of legal problems, or any other matter a person might not want to be known for. To get around this, Kathleen specializes in writing keyword dense biographies, blog entries, press releases, and all manner of content trying to push the offending content deeper down the google page ranking, so negative results appear on page 5 instead of page 1 (as close to erasing content as is possible on the web). By writing content that the Google bots LOVE, Kathleen ensures her client’s avoid being associated with content they don’t love.

Stan and Jason then discuss what it means that Kathleen is essentially writing algorithmic content for algorithms, content that’s in some ways not even meant to be read by humans, only by machines! Not only that, but in this world of ORM, maybe facebook is the best thing to happen in a long time and what happens if you’re “google bombed”?

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Episode 11: What is Quantified Self? – with Ernesto Ramirez

Jason sits down with Ernesto Ramirez, the editor and community organizer of QuantifiedSelf.com to discuss what exactly the quantified self movement is, how self tracking can potentially improve life quality, and the idea that QS at its root is essentially a mindfulness practice for the 21st century. Stan and Jason then break down some of the QS practices in their own lives.




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