Supercharged

Supercharged

Every week, Supercharged tackles a complex—and sometimes unusual—question about technology, science, psychology, and human existence to find out how we can approach life better in our rapidly changing world.

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Hosted by Adam Dachis and Darren Herczeg.



#157: Accidental Robot Mario

June 22, 2017 at 5:00PM • 57 minutes

This week we meant to talk about the law, but we ended up discussing artificial intelligent and mixed reality through the medium of Nintendo's Mario. Obviously, no one should be surprised. :)


#156: Meeting Mr. Bowser: An E3 Story

June 16, 2017 at 11:45PM • 1 hour 28 minutes

This week, Tommy tells his tales of E3, featuring Doug Bowser, and Adam shuts up for once.


#155: Reality Distortion Fields

June 12, 2017 at 2:15PM • 1 hour 11 minutes

This week Tommy and Adam take a look at Apple's announcements and the political landscape to consider one question: what is truth?


#154: Social Network Support (with Koko!)

June 1, 2017 at 4:00PM • 59 minutes

Just like the real world, activity on social networks can lead to depression and other unpleasant emotional issues. Unfortunately, online support systems rarely exist in an official capacity if at all. Tommy and Adam discuss this problem with Robert Morris, the co-founder of Koko, which aims to provide a simple but effective therapeutic resource through these platforms and introduce compassion back into the equation.


#153: Hacking and Corporate Ethics

May 29, 2017 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 9 minutes

HowToGeek editor Whitson Gordon joins Tommy and Adam for a discussion of corporate ethics in the wake of hacks both widespread and personal. We end this episode on an important question.


#152: I/O and Astrophysics

May 19, 2017 at 4:00AM • 1 hour 58 minutes

Newly-minted New York Times and former Lifehacker editor Alan Henry joins us to figure out what everything in the universe is, from a scientific perspective. It's time for some crazy theoretical physics!

Warning: this may be a somewhat challenging episode compared to what we usually do, and we might throw around some terms and ideas that we won't have time to dive into deeply. We're going to attempt to make this conversation as accessible to everyone as possible, so you can follow along just fine even if theoretical (astro)physics isn't your thing, but be sure to look at the links in the show notes for a bunch of educational resources that can help you learn more about the topics discussed—if you're interested, of course. We focused on providing resources that won't take too long to get read or watch. :)


#151: The Big Five

May 12, 2017 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 23 minutes

Microsoft offered up some fantastic announcements this week at their 2017 build conference, but is the real takeaway that the future of tech going to be another innovation-stifling oligopoly? Can we break this cycle, or is it too late?


#150: The Theory of Eyeglasses and Ugly Food

May 4, 2017 at 10:45AM • 1 hour 14 minutes

What does prescription eyewear have in common with ugly good and special relativity? Something, apparently!  We're tackling food, physics, and ophthalmology in this week's purposefully tangential episode.


#149: The Product Bubble

April 27, 2017 at 8:15PM • 1 hour 35 minutes

We're all aware of the bubbles we live in to some extent, and how technologies like Facebook encourage us to stay within them, but unless you live off the grid—and clearly you don't—you're probably affected by your comfortable bubble more than you think. Everything you do, say, and buy creates a feedback loop you may think you've broken, but with the wrong goals in mind it's the bubble you're going to live in for the rest of your life and possibly never know it.


#148: Anger

April 23, 2017 at 2:30AM • 1 hour 32 minutes

Negative emotion fuels a lot of our choices in life, whether we're trying to help or hurt—but does it truly have a useful place in our arsenal of options? Sometimes, yes, it's one of those necessary evils, but perhaps not as necessary as we might want to believe. This week we take a deep dive into psychology with a look at academic critiques and the most recent YouTube scandal featuring Daddyofive.