Knotty Geeks Episode 46 - Artificial Intelligence

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Tue Oct 4 15:23:24 2016.

Apologies for the late podcast update! In this episode we talk about artificial intelligence, both specific and general.

Will this lead to Skynet? WHO KNOWS! But if it does, I’d like to welcome our new robot overlords!

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Views: 5138 

Knotty Geeks Episode 45 - Toasters and Shares

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Sun Mar 13 21:34:12 2016.

We’re back at the wedge-shaped Starbucks to talk about my upcoming article on the Video Toaster, the history of computer marketshare, talk about some interesting books, and generally bask in the Vancouver sunshine.


- Total Share
- From Altair to iPad
- Personal MBA
- Economix

Views: 6005 

Knotty Geeks Episode 44 - If I had a billion dollars

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Wed Jan 27 13:43:00 2016.

We’re merging the video and audio versions, so the number scheme is going back to the old numbering.

And no, we weren’t hit with a nuclear explosion! The background is super bright and we are super dark because of... reasons. Mostly because we are still learning about lighting. But we still have some stuff to talk about.

Links from the show:

* Duke Fightmaster
* Powerball Lottery
* Wealth inequality
* Billion here, a billion there
* Show of the week - The Expanse
* Book of the week - Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard

Direct link to the .mp3 audio

Views: 5208 

Knotty Geeks Episode 41 - Vloggy Geeks

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Thu Nov 12 11:26:51 2015.

Is Knotty Geeks going to video? We talk about way the show could become a vlog, how you can use Blender to edit video, and what the new YouTube Red service could mean for vlogs in general.

- Knotty Geeks going to vlogs?
- Starcraft II Legacy of the Void discussion
- Blender has video editing!
- YouTube launches YouTube Red subscriptions
- Google tailors web search results to your IP address
- New Compass card is kind of available
- New TV shows: Blind Sight, Mr. Robot, Quantico


* Blender Video Editing
* Blender Beginner Tutorial
* Simple Video Editing with Blender
* 4k vlogging camera

Direct link to podcast

Views: 4917 

Knotty Geeks Episode 40 - The Beautiful Intelligence of Stephen Palmer

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Wed Oct 21 10:16:18 2015.

We have a special treat on this episode of Knotty Geeks: an exclusive interview with British science-fiction writer Stephen Palmer, author of Beautiful Intelligence, an action-packed yet thought-provoking novel about the emergence of AI.

Terry and I talk to Stephen about how he got started in writing, how he views artificial intelligence and how it might develop, and we even get into the acceleration of technology and genetic engineering!

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Views: 5312 

Knotty Geeks Episode 39 - The Berenstain Bears

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Mon Sep 28 14:07:17 2015.

In this episode, we talk about an obscure book by Stanislaw Lem, the end of the Panorama Amiga Computer Club, and the possibility that the Berenstain Bears are proof of the existence of parallel universes.

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The Book No One Read: http://nautil.us/issue/17/big-bangs/the-book-no-one-read

Sci fi podcast Sword and Laser: "LEMming" http://swordandlaser.com

The end of the Panorama Amiga club: http://www.hk-soft.net/panorama/

Berenstain Bears parallel universe: http://www.avclub.com/article/how-you-spell-berenstain-bears-could-be-proof-para-223615

The Gods Must be Crazy old theatre:http://thetyee.ca/Entertainment/2005/04/04/ThisOldMovieHouse/

Google is Two Billion Lines of Code:http://www.wired.com/2015/09/google-2-billion-lines-codeand-one-place/

Did You Know YouTube videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmwwrGV_aiE

Computers are breeding humans: http://duncantrussell.com/forum/discussion/14655/computers-are-starting-to-breed-humansno-really/p1

Erin McKean Kickstarter to add a million words to the dictionary: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1574790974/lets-add-a-million-missing-words-to-the-dictionary

Views: 5278 

Knotty Geeks Episode 38 - Sad Puppies

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Mon Sep 14 09:56:27 2015.

In this episode, we talk about the fallout from the recent Hugo Awards, and the ramifications of the Sad and Rabid Puppy campaigns. We also review one of the recent Hugo winners, the excellent novel "The Three Body Problem."

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Notes from the show:


The Three Body Problem:


Views: 6469  Comments: 7

Knotty Geeks Episode 37 - The Creative Apocalypse

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Mon Sep 7 12:58:03 2015.

In this episode, we review three great science fiction books, we talk about the upcoming improvements in Intel’s Skylake CPUs, and we discuss the strangely absent Cultural Apocalypse.

Notes from the show:

Beautiful Intelligence book:


Gene Mapper book:


Gene inserting tool: CRISPR

Do we live in a simulation?


Reality Hack


Discussion of the Creative Apocalypse:


Background art:


Direct link to podcast

Views: 4987  Comments: 2

Knotty Geeks Episode 36 - Knotty Geeks 2.0!

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Mon Aug 10 09:42:44 2015.

In this episode, we reboot the entire podcast! Well, not really. We’ve come back to our favorite wedge-shaped Starbucks to rediscover what we really loved most about the podcast: the relentless acceleration of technology and the convergence of many technologies into fewer, more powerful ones. We talk a little bit about our writing project, the short story We Choose To Go, and discuss the future of human civilization. You know, just random stuff.

Direct link to podcast

Views: 3927 

Knotty Geeks Episode 34 - The Last Coffeewa

Posted by: Jeremy Reimer on Sun Feb 2 21:00:43 2014.

More coffee is always better, right?

It’s a new year, and Jeremy and Terry have a lot to catch up on! Jeremy has a new job, which is very exciting, and even includes free food! Then the disussion turns towards Jeremy’s new NaNoWriMo novel, "The Last Bonjwa". While consuming vast quantities of coffee, Jeremy and Terry discuss everything from fixing plot holes to improving the cover.

Links from the show:

Views: 4976 

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I'm a writer and a web developer. You may have read my articles at Ars Technica, where I write about the Amiga computer, video games such Starcraft, and the history of personal computing.

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