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Dec 11, 2019
Episode 01: Starlink, Art Pranks, & Renewable Energy in the Heartland
From Starlink freeing us from our ISPs, to pranking tech companies like Oracle, to the renewable energy boom in the heartland… there’s something for everyone.
Feb 11, 2019
156: WEDEW: A Rainforest In a Box
David Hertz is an architect and founder of Skysource the winner of Water Abundance X-Prize, was able to create water from air using 100% renewable energy sources, for under 2 cents per liter. They started with Skywater, which was able to take water out of the air, but it required humidity - what they won the prize for was WEDEW (wood-to-energy deployable emergency water), which is essentially a rainforest in a box.
Nov 13, 2018
152: Some Awful AI with David Dao
AI some people think it will save us, others think it will be our downfall. Science fiction has mixed feelings. One thing is for sure, we should all be paying attention to developments in AI, and what that means for us. My guest this week is David Dao, a researcher and PhD student at ETH Zurich & UC Berkeley. David created a Github repository called Awful AI, to help raise awareness. Awful AI is a curated list that tracks some concerning uses of AI around privacy, things like predictive policing, fake news bots, and social credit systems. I spoke with David about some examples of awful AI, some AI that’s helping to combat those things, but first what brought him to start awful AI.
Nov 6, 2018
151: 3D Printing Organs with Prellis Biologics
We have been talking about 3D printing organs for awhile, but not all organs are created equal. An ear, is easy to print, in comparison to more complex organs, like a kidney or a heart - that’s when it gets a lot harder. Capillaries are really small. They form a network throughout the body for the exchange of oxygen, metabolic waste products, and carbon dioxide between blood and tissue cells. Figuring out how to print capillaries is one of the major roadblocks to 3D printing more complicated organs like a kidney, a liver, or a heart. Dr. Melanie Matheu, CEO and founder of Prellis Biologics and her team have figured out how to print those capillary structures - using lasers. I spoke with Dr. Matheu about how they are able to use lasers to print these capillaries, the timeline for this, but first we start with the eureka moment and what lead her to start thinking about these problems.
Sep 26, 2018
150: Lydia Laurenson on Being Clarice Thorn
My guest this week is Lydia Laurenson, who works in digital media and media related technology. Lydia has previously written a lot about sexuality, BDSM, and gender under the pseudonym Clarice Thorn. She recently came out of the closet and connected her two identities. We talk about the blogosphere back in 2006-2007, keeping anonymity online, free-speech on the internet and what legislation like SESTA FOSTA can (and is already doing). You can find out more about Lydia's latest project, Alternative Parenting from her twitter, @lydialaurenson
Sep 5, 2018
149: SlamDanceDIG: The Island of Misfit Art Projects
I am co-interviewing with Ric Allen of Digital Village. Our guest is Dekker Dreyer, co-curator of SlamDance DIG and we talk about all the great digital/interactive/gaming art they have showcased in Downtown LA September 13-15.
Aug 29, 2018
148: Entering Two Bit Circus
I love games… from board to video - to competitive to cooperative. My guest this week is friend of the show Brent Bushnell, CEO and co-founder of Two Bit Circus, when we spoke to him last they were launching STEAM Carnivals in LA and SF, but now they are doing something a bit more permanent in the center of Los Angeles: Two Bit Circus, a Micro Amusement park. There’s classic carnival games, Story Rooms, a VR Arena, pinball, group games… and so much more. We talk about what a microamsuement park is, how they are not a VR arcade, and group gameplay, but first we start with the origin of Two Bit Circus.
Aug 23, 2018
147: IndieBio: Bringing Entrepreneurship to Scientists
There is a lot of excitement in the world of biology, but biology and biotech startups are hard and expensive. You need a lab, equipment, and highly specialized knowledge. The barrier to entry is much higher than say… building an app. My guest this week is Dr. Jun Axup, scientific director and partner at IndieBio, who are working to change that and help scientists bring their research to market. I spoke w Jun about IndieBio, some amazing companies that have gone through the program, trends we are seeing, but we first what brought Jun to biology.
Apr 4, 2018
Lost Spirits: The Future of Distilling
Today we’re going to talk about alcohol, more specifically distilling spirits like rum and whiskey. Most award winning whiskey and rum are aged in barrels of different types of wood, for many years, but what if there was a way to create the same effect, in a fraction of the time. At Lost Spirits they have figured out how to do just that. Nestled in Downtown LA they are creating new types of booze and even resurrecting lost ones and the process takes… 6 days (more on that later). Not only are the distilling exciting types of alcohol, they have also created a tasting experience around it. Bringing together science, technology, and art - that has an Island of Dr. Moreau vibe… and a boat ride… in the middle of Downtown Los Angeles. My guest this week is Bryan Davis, inventor, co-founder, and booze formula developer at Lost Spirits, we talk about how you can take a process that takes 30 years and... distill... it down to 6 days, creating a alcohol theme park, but first, the history of Lost Spirits. For more information and tickets, go here!
Mar 28, 2018
Augmenting Alice with Galit Ariel
We’ve talked a lot about VR on this show, and there are a lot of great experiences out there. From Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Carne y Arena at LACMA, which puts you in the shoes of an immigrant crossing the border into the united states, to The VOIDs hyper-reality experience Star Wars Secrets of the Empire, where you and three other people move through a virutal world as undercover agents to retrieve information critical to the Rebel Alliance. VR has a lot of potential, but what about VR’s less immersive cousin, AR? Quite a few companies like Intel are coming out with glasses that look just like reading glasses, but have some level of display meant to be accessed when you want, to more grandiose endeavors like Magic Leap, who hope to create ubiquitous lightweight glasses that add virtual objects to the real world. My guest this week is Galit Ariel, founder of WondARlands and the author of, "Augmenting Alice, The Future of Identity, Experience and Reality", which contextualizes AR Applications, implementation potential, and the technologies challenges and risks. I spoke with Galit about AR vs VR and the challenges we have with AR, but first, what brought Galit to AR...