On one hand, you’ve got R2D2, Wall-E, and Johnny-5. On the other hand you have HAL-9000, Cylons, and The Terminator. And yet on another hand (this one on a third robotic arm) you have the possibility of a cyborg enhanced self. Which way will AI go? We explore this with the (admirably feeble) help of Apple’s, Amazon’s, and Google’s own consumer AI systems as guests. Also there’s a quick, ad-hoc review of the new Apple HomePod.
Is the purpose of life to be happy? What if you could take a pill and you would be blissfully happy? Is that the end game, then? If not, what is it? Let’s ask the Dalai Lama … or at least a poster of his purported sayings, and test to see if they — or any — answers are acceptably real. Including the number 42.
Music featured on this podcast is from Jim’s Big Ego.