Category: geek

BBC Radio 4 – Four Thought, Other People’s Sto…

BBC Radio 4 – Four Thought, Other People’s Stories:

Lunchtime listen for you guys, Dr Anna Derrig was on our show this week, but she goes in depth into the ethics of life writing in this episode of Four Thought. Well worth a listen if you’re going to write your life story.

Digital Human: Series 17, Ep 4 – Cameo

Radiotopia- Ways of Hearing

Radiotopia- Ways of Hearing:

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We loved having Damon Krukowski on today’s show, but we only managed to touch on some of his research into how the shift to the digital world has shifted our perception of the world. 

Thankfully, Damon’s Radiotopia podcast and book ‘Ways of Hearing’ where you can go on a proper deep dive. I love episode 5 in particular, it’s about ow    digital corporations have created a musical universe that adapts to you no matter where you go in the world –  but go on and binge the whole thing, with headphones, you know you want to.

Digital Human, Series 17, Ep 2: The Analogue Human

Say Hello to Your Future Self: Imagining your …

Say Hello to Your Future Self: Imagining your future self can reduce risky choices:

Each year, approximately 7 million people worldwide die from the consequences of tobacco use. That is as much as the entire population of Bulgaria. Smoking has an eye-watering long list of negative health consequences, and while cigarette sales have decreased since their peak in the second half of the 20th century, one in three adults continues to smoke. Chances are that you, dear reader, are a smoker yourself.

How can we explain these exorbitant numbers? Are people unaware of the dangerous health threat tobacco poses? While denial may play a role, mere misinformation is unlikely to be the reason. Anti-smoking campaigns continue to increase, and with cigarette packs featuring printed warnings like “smoking kills”, it’s hard to ignore the fact that fags simply aren’t good for you.

The reason that millions of people choose to inhale toxic fumes every day—against their better knowledge—is the strong temptation of instant rewards such as the relaxing effects of nicotine or social acceptance from peers. The human drive for immediate gratification and the challenges this imposes on our self-control are powerful factors affecting our choices. While little tricks can help us overcome the emotional pull of tempting rewards, long-term success in abstaining from negative habits crucially relies on our level of future-orientation, i.e. the extent to which we consider future outcomes.

Digital Human, Series 17, Ep 2: The Analogue Human

The Digital Human – Signal and Noise – where d…

The Digital Human – Signal and Noise – where does meaning lie? – BBC Sounds:

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It’s our 100th episode today (cue squeaky wee geeky squeal). So Digital Human flipped the script and we’re bringing you the Analogue Human! Edited and broadcast from TAPE!

With the help of artists, musicians and photographers Aleks asks if the endless possibilities we’re offered by digital tools are as liberating as we think or paradoxically are they paralysing, making it impossible to choose one product, picture, tindr date over another.

In this sneak pic, musician Damon Krukowski explains the difference between the clean, perfected sound of the digital world, compared to the organic noise in analogue world. And how in cutting out the messiness of noise, we may risk losing layers of complexity, beauty and meaning in the world.

Be sure to listen to the full podcast here Digital Human, Series 17, Ep 2: The Analogue Human or download it from iTunes any time after it’s broadcast.

Has Second Life Been Fully Gentrified? Thought…

Has Second Life Been Fully Gentrified? Thoughts from My BBC Interview:

Wagner James Au was great to have on the show but a nightmare to cut since so much of the interview was fascinating.

Thankfully, his blog covers everything we couldn’t possibly fit into a 30 minute podcast so go check it out, as well as continuing his second life journalism he’s got really cool stuff on VR communities and the beauty of digital art 🙂


Digital Human: Series 16, Episode 1: Gentrification

Survival in the digital age Stephanie Hankey o…

Survival in the digital age Stephanie Hankey offers a guide to safe online activism.:

Digital Human: Series 15, Ep 1 – Jigsaw

Nervous Systems Interviews: Stephanie Hankey o…

Nervous Systems Interviews: Stephanie Hankey on Unfitbits:

Stephanie is so fascinating, I wish we could just follow her around with a mic for day… but that might be just as creepy as the data harvesting we talked about in today’s episode… never mind.

Digital Human: Series 15, Ep 1 – Jigsaw

The Delphic Oracle, In Our Time – BBC Radio 4

The Delphic Oracle, In Our Time – BBC Radio 4:

Not a lunchtime lecture, but a very cool listen. Dive deep into the history of the Delphic Oracle.

The Digital Human, Series 13, Episode 6 – Oracle

How Human Do We Want Our Robots To Look?

How Human Do We Want Our Robots To Look?:

Let’s say you’re getting a robot butler. (Congratulations on your purchase, future-dweller!) You can choose between three models for your new _Jetsons-_style Rosie robot: a clearly robotic machine, maybe even a cutesy one, like Wall-E; a more humanoid, personish ‘bot, like the android from Metropolis; or a robot that looks just like a real human being. Which do you pick?

The Digital Human, Series 13, Episode 3 – Visage

Robotic society seems very polite tbh… …

Robotic society seems very polite tbh…

The Digital Human, Series 13, Episode 3 – Visage