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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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Episode 10: The Future of Medicine & The Transcendent Man

Is the singularity near? Stan and Jason discuss the documentary Transcendent Man about futurist Ray Kurzweil and the possibility that medicine will soon produce such vastly increased lifespans that immortality might become a possibility. Whether by extending the span of our biological selves, and/or uploading by our consciousness, we discuss the implications Ray Kurzweil’s predictions might have on human consciousness in the near future. Would you want to live forever? Or choose when you die? Tune in to hear our thoughts now!

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Episode 9: Medicine – The Technology of Life

Tech doesn’t just mean gizmos, gadgets, and computers. Medicine has also been evolving at exponential rates in recent decades in ways that affect us every day. In episode 9 Stan & Jason discuss life expectancy, how thankful we are for modern dentistry, natural selection, pain, crowd sourced health, WATSON the doctor, & more! Plus Jason says the phrase “mind-blowing” a “mind-blowing” number of times!

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Episode 8: Is Technology Isolating Us?

Does technology connect us or isolate us? Stan’s friend Adam Dingle shares about how a recent train trip across the country differed from some of his previous trips – because of technology. During this trip, Adam noticed he was doing a lot less connecting with other people on his trip and spending a lot more time on his smart phone, laptop, and the internet. Stan and Jason discuss a bit about this ever popular topic – is technology connecting us or making us more isolated?

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Episode 7: “Less Stuff” and the shift to an access-based economy

We’re shifting from an ownership econcomy to an access based economy. As more and more media moves into the “cloud”, as devices like smartphones take over the roles of more and more discreet devices, and as on demand 3D printer looms on the horizon, Stan & Jason ponder discuss how we’re at the beginning of an era of “less stuff”. How might this shift away from physical goods affect the environment? An upgrade based economy? Our identities? JOBS?

**Note** Apologies for Jason’s robot voice in the last few minutes of the episode. The gremlins in his headset seem to get upset after they’ve been recording his voice too long **

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Episode 6: The Law, Technology, and Aaron Swartz

Lawyers and hackers are colliding more often. Never more poignantly than a month ago when hacker-activist Aaron Schwartz was found dead in his apartment. His family maintains that his death was caused my the government’s overzealous prosecution after he downloaded millions of academic articles. Jason and Stan talk about the case, and how the legal world is straining to keep up with the fast-paced world of technology.

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Episode 5: We’re Totally Judging You Based on Your Email Address

Stan and Jason come clean about their prejudices. We’re totally judging based on your email address domain, the type of computer you use, and whether or not your TV is setup with the correct aspect ratio. Not only that, but we’re bracing ourselves to BE judged for our biases towards technologies and our use of them as well. Have a favorite tech judgement, projection, or assumption you like to make about people? Come clean and share below!

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Episode 4: The end of all jobs?

Is a robot going to take your job? Jason and Stan discuss how technology has changed the way jobs are created, and what this means for the future of all our jobs. Jason sees a world where you must be a creative entrepreneur to survive, and Stan wonders if work is necessary for us to feel fulfilled as people.

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