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 numerous books. 

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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.

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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 it’s based on the biblical apple that signifies the Fall of Man. 

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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. Have a safe and happy holiday, Checkers and thank you for listening!

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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 to evidence-based YouTubers Doctorly in the process. Finally, Pat orchestrates a delightful – as Darren would say – game of Name That: Spot The Fake.

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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 our fifth Beatle, Dr. Stuart Robbins, about the slug in response to a listener email.

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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.

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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. 

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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 5th Beatle joins us to talk all about lenses, following up on a segment about daredevil “Mad Mike” Hughes who died in a homemade rocket attempting to “prove” the Earth is flat.

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TRC #654: What Is Inflation? + John von Neumann: The Man From The Future

Darren is joined by our resident economics expert, Lars, for an interesting conversation about inflation, deflation and related economic issues. Darren and Lars discuss the biography “The Man from the Future: The Visionary Life of John von Neumann”, who is a revered mathematician, physicist, computer scientist, engineer and polymath.

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