VR is finally here – the Vive and Rift are already in the world, and Sony’s version coming later this year! In honor of this moment, Jay and Jason talk about why we think that’s a big deal – specifically exploring the unique platform for experiences that VR provides, and how that’s different from traditional entertainment. We also talk about some of the dangers and possible abuses of VR (addiction!), and close out our talk talking about how VR may or may not impact traditional narrative cinema.
First, a quick shout out – Stan James is deep in life and had to step away for the time being. He’ll be back and we can’t wait to catch up with him when he does.
In the meantime I’ve invited the amazing Jay Mutzafi to join me on the show. In this episode we learn all about Jay, his relationship to technology, how he and I met, and the extremely cool work he’s doing in the world of lucid dreaming. Welcome to the 7k family Jay!
We’re back! Re-awoken from our slumber, Stan and Jason return to The Seventh Kingdom! In this episode we talk a bit about what got us fired up to start podcasting again, and then take advantage of our absence to share what we’ve noticed in how technology has further emerged since we talked last. Ranging from VR to snapchat to Uber/Lyft, a lot is covered in Episode 21, which kicks off our 2016 return.
We’d love to hear what YOU’VE noticed in the last 2 years as well, or things you’d like us to discuss in a future episode. Leave us some comments below!
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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- Nextdoor - The Online Neighborhood Watch
- Unmasking Reddit's Violentacrez, The Biggest Troll on the Web
- Lets Give Karen -The bus monitor- H Klein A Vacation! | Indiegogo
- Bus Monitor Karen Klein bullied by vile school children
- Bus monitor bullying video - Wikipedia
- SECRET VIDEO: Romney Tells Millionaire Donors What He REALLY Thinks of Obama Voters
- Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back....at forum trolls
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- Episode 23 – The VR Internet of Experiences
- Episode 22 – Welcome Jay Mutzafi and Lucid Dreaming
- Episode 21: The Return / What We Noticed
- Episode 20: The Flappy Birds of Mt. Gox
- Episode 19: Tell Me Have You Seen HER
- Episode 18: The Spiritual Singularity and the Coming Age of Transparency with Zachary Feder
- Episode 17: An Economy of What? The Book Review Episode
- Episode 16: What We Did On Our Summer (and Fall!) Vacations
- Episode 15: The NSA probably knows you’re listening to this
- Episode 14: It’s Getting Harder to Be a Dick
- Episode 13: Would You Share?
- Episode 12: Writing Google SEO Porn for Online Reputation Management
- Episode 11: What is Quantified Self? – with Ernesto Ramirez
- Episode 10: The Future of Medicine & The Transcendent Man
- Episode 9: Medicine – The Technology of Life
- Episode 8: Is Technology Isolating Us?
- Episode 7: “Less Stuff” and the shift to an access-based economy
- Episode 6: The Law, Technology, and Aaron Swartz
- Episode 5: We’re Totally Judging You Based on Your Email Address
- Episode 4: The end of all jobs?
- Episode 3: Is Technology Making Things Better or Worse?
- Bits ‘n Bytes – Tech in Politics: Surveillance, Integrity, & Informed Voters
- Episode 02: Technology in the short film “Sight”
- Bits ‘n Bytes – The Boring iPhone 5
- Episode 2 Preview: “Sight” Short Film
- Episode 1: Who Are We? Why a Podcast?
- Here We Go…