Category Archives: The Reality Check Episodes

TRC #691: Why Can’t AI Do Laundry and Dishes?

Can we say that AI is going in the wrong direction, as it does our art and writing while we suffer doing laundry and dishes? It’s just Adam on the show this week as he overanalyzes a viral tweet by … Continue reading

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TRC #690: Early Mammals + Would You Rather Encounter a Man or a Bear in the Woods?

What were the first mammals like? Darren examines what characterizes a mammal and explores the world of early mammals, who coexisted with the dinosaurs. Adam investigates the discourse around a viral question which asks “Would you rather be stuck in … Continue reading

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TRC #689: The Science of Dune’s Sandworms + AI Personal Assistants

Could the huge Sandworms in Frank Herbert’s Dune really exist? Adam looks at how scientifically plausible these odd creatures might be. In light of recent news about Open AI’s GPT-4o and Google’s Project Astra, Darren look at the latest advances … Continue reading

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TRC #688: Interview with Spencer Greenberg

Spencer Greenberg is the founder Clearer Thinking, a web site which provides tools for critical thinking, as well as Transparent Replications, which does rapid replications of papers in psychology and behavioural studies. In this interview he discusses the replication crisis … Continue reading

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TRC #687: Remembering Daniel Dennett

This past Friday, April 19th, philosopher Daniel Dennett passed away at the age of 82. Throughout his life he has impacted many people through his work. On this week’s show Darren shares some of his thoughts on this great man … Continue reading

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TRC #686: The Stanford Prison Experiment + Is AI Taking Over Creative Jobs?

Adam looks at evidence that the popular Stanford Prison Experiment was not as well run as we’ve heard which raises concerns about the conclusions we make from it. Darren considers some recent events in the world of AI and wonders … Continue reading

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TRC #685: AI More Creative Than Humans? + Safe Solar Eclipse Viewing

Artificial Intelligence or Artificial Creativity? Can an AI be more creative than a human? Darren looks at a study which attempts to answer this question. With the upcoming solar eclipse occurring in North America on April 8th, Adam examines the … Continue reading

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TRC #684: Aliens in Mexican Congress? + Book Review: Outlive by Peter Attia

I’m not saying they’re aliens but … they’re aliens. Adam uses hard hitting science to evaluate the validity of these allegedly non human mummified remains which were presented to the Mexican Congress in the fall. A shocking discovery which puts … Continue reading

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TRC #683: AI News: Sora, Gemini 1.5 and Implications + Jailbreaks by Hiding Files in Cakes

Darren gives us a news roundup of some recent things happening in the world of AI including OpenAI’s text to video tool Sora, Google Deepmind’s Gemini 1.5, as well as what implications this and other upcoming technologies could have on … Continue reading

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TRC #682: Oppenheimer Movie Discussion

We try something a little different on the latest episode of The Reality Check. Having recently seen the movie Oppenheimer Darren and Adam have a discussion about this great film. If you haven’t seen the movie already it might be … Continue reading

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