Author Archives: Pat
TRC #664: Thundersnow + Customer Always Right? + A Look At “The Metaverse”
Cristina digs into the rare weather occurrence called thundersnow after witnessing lightning and thunder during a recent snowstorm. Adam checks the origins of ‘the customer is always right in matters of taste’, and asks, are they? Darren rounds out the … Continue reading
TRC #663: Interview with Dr. Roman Yampolskiy About The Threat Of Advanced AI
Dr. Roman Yampolskiy is a computer scientist at the University of Louisville where he is the director of the Cyber Security Laboratory in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science. He is an author of over 100 publications including … Continue reading
TRC #662: Annual Prediction Show – 2023 Edition
In what has become a yearly ritual to highlight the futility of ‘predictions’, Adam, Producer Pat, and Cristina guess at what might happen in 2023 and revisit the panel’s 2022 predictions to see how they did. Download direct: mp3 file http://traffic.libsyn.com/therealitycheck/TRC_662.mp3
TRC #661: Isaac Asimov’s Laws Of Robotics + The Apple Logo = The Fall Of Man?
Happy New Year, Checkers! Darren lays out the Three Laws of Robotics, as devised by science fiction author Isaac Asimov, and why they are seemingly reasonable yet flawed. Adam bites into a segment about the Apple logo and ponders whether … Continue reading
TRC #660: Did Coca-Cola Conceive Modern Santa? + Eight Billion People?
‘Twas the night before Christmas so Cristina asks the proverbial question…did Coca-Cola really invent the now ubiquitous image of Santa Claus? Adam rounds out the show checking claims that the world’s population hit 8 billion people on November 15, 2022. … Continue reading
TRC #659: Chatting ChatGPT + LED Masks Worth The Hype? + Play Along With Spot The Fake
Le Gang is back! The freethinking foursome kick off the show with Darren taking us down an entertaining rabbithole that is the AI text bot, ChatGPT. Cristina investigates if at-home cosmetic LED masks are worth the hype and introduces us … Continue reading
TRC #658: Iran Protest Misinfo + Medieval Peasants Worked Less + What Is A Slug?
Darren clears up some misinformation about a viral post that Iran was planning to execute 15,000 protesters. Adam looks into a claim that medieval peasants work far fewer hours than we do in modern times. Lastly we check in with … Continue reading
TRC #657: Greenwashing + Is Social Media Bad For Us?
Greenwashing is making unsubstantiated claims to deceive consumers into believing that a company’s products are environmentally friendly. Cristina takes us through it. Darren asks: Is social media bad for us? The answer must be yes, right? As usual, it’s complicated. … Continue reading
TRC #656: Origins Of Halloween + Halloween Myths + Less Kids Trick Or Treating?
It’s an all hallows eve mashup! Darren takes us through the interesting history of Halloween. Cristina debunks some long held Halloween myths and, lastly, Adam wonders if less kids are trick or treating. Download direct: mp3 file http://traffic.libsyn.com/therealitycheck/TRC_656.mp3
TRC #655: Is Nuclear Power Racist? Sexist? Ageist? + Lenses With Stuart Robbins
Adam ran into a recent article which posed questions about whether nuclear power presents issues of racism, sexism and ageism. He takes a deep dive and explores if and how this could be true. Next up, our favourite astronomer and … Continue reading