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.

Got a question you'd like us to answer or comment for the show? Visit awkward.email for lots of options! Check out our Subreddit, too!

Hosted by Adam Dachis and Darren Herczeg.



#166: An Honest Funeral

August 26, 2017 at 5:00PM • 59 minutes

Are ethics ethical? Is normal normal? Is anything actually real? Maybe, but as people we're not always the best judges of that. So let's judge amorally and see what happens...


#165: Productivity Problems

August 21, 2017 at 12:00AM • 42 minutes

This week on Supercharged, Tommy and Adam consider productivity, and when to much effort to be productive exacerbates the problem the effort attempts to solve.


#164: Kidneys with Mikey!

August 12, 2017 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 45 minutes

This week Tommy and Adam talk to Mikey about living life with a chronic illness. Health is something many of us take for granted, even when we have our own issues, and Mikey has managed to handle such a huge challenge extraordinarily well. There's a lot to learn from his story—plus, he knows Bubbles the Chimpanzee. :)

Aside from interesting aspect of Mikey's story and the education it can provide, I also want to have him on the show in hopes other listeners may be willing to help him out financially. Due to the hack, I can't do a whole lot on my own and his conditions are very, very expensive. I know Mikey because of this show. It's one of the cool things about podcasting—I get to meet all kinds of awesome people who listen to it. I really like having listeners on the podcasts whenever anyone has an interesting story to share that we can learn from.

But, in this case, Mikey also needs some help and I'm not in a position these days to help as much as I would under better circumstances. I'm hoping that, collectively we might be able to help him out a bit. Richard and I have donated the little that we can. If you have a few dollars you can send his way to help cover the extreme expenses he has to contend with to keep on living please visit the link in the show notes and help him out. We all have our own troubles these days, but most of us can afford a few dollars here and there when it can make a huge difference in someone's life. Nobody's obligated to do anything, but hopefully you'll want to—especially after hearing what Mikey's been through and how extraordinarily well he's handled his circumstances.


#163: Wandering Ben and a Case of Distrust

August 3, 2017 at 6:30PM • 1 hour 12 minutes

Tommy and Adam speak with game developer Ben Wander, creator of the unique and interesting noir narrative game A Case of Distrust. Questions/comments? Call/text 509-AWKWARD or visit awkward.email for options. :)


#162: Wet Blanket

July 27, 2017 at 5:45PM • 1 hour 23 minutes

Tommy and Adam take off the rose-colored glasses and look at science and technology through a more pessimistic lens for a change...for the most part. :)


#161: Systems of Consciousness, Part III: Heisenberg in the Machine

July 22, 2017 at 10:00AM • 51 minutes

Tommy and Adam continue last week's discussion on machine consciousness by examining a bizarre eight-month experiment with Google's recommendation algorithm and the application of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle.


#160: The Starcat's Prisoner Dilemma

July 15, 2017 at 5:30AM • 1 hour 24 minutes

Tommy and Adam speak with three of the creators of the indie game Starcats (Quentin Young, Ryan Hughes, and Gage Melton) about game development and the complex ideas behind cooperative gameplay.


#159: Systems of Consciousness, Part II: Small Talk into the Void

July 11, 2017 at 1:00PM • 50 minutes

Tommy and Adam continue last week's discussion on machine consciousness by examining a bizarre eight-month experiment with Google's recommendation algorithm and the application of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle.


#158: Systems of Consciousness, Part I: Playing with Customer Service

July 4, 2017 at 7:00PM • 1 hour 17 minutes

This week Tommy and Adam discuss customer service systems—both human and robotic—and how knowing the rules of these systems leads to predictable results. And this, in a strange way, leads to questions of consciousness in a system.

Next week the discussion continues with an unusual application of Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle and an unconventional, eight month-long conversation with the machine we know as Google.


#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. :)