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 awkwardhuman.com/supercharged for lots of options! Check out our Subreddit, too! If you love the show, please help us keep making it! (This does not require a financial contribution.)

Hosted by Adam Dachis and Darren Herczeg.



#197: Is This Real Life?

April 26, 2018 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 7 minutes

This week, Tommy and Adam break down how we build our realities and the less-obvious reasons why technology has made it much more difficult to tell fact from fiction. Ultimately, what's real and true may have less to do with an objective reality and more to do with the process that creates the subjective realities we all experience as individuals.


#196: Modular Robotics (with Eric Schweikardt)

April 20, 2018 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 15 minutes

This week Tommy and Adam talk to the founder and CEO of Modular Robotics, the company that created the wonderful STEM toy Cubelets—little blocks that you snap together to create a robot!


#195: Vocaloids, and the Democratization of Creativity

April 13, 2018 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 2 minutes

Tommy and Adam talk to Misha, the voice of the Vocaloid Ruby, to learn about the process of creating a computer-generated singer and the Vocaloid community in general.


#194: Selfies and Legacies

April 5, 2018 at 3:00PM • 50 minutes

Tommy shares the details of the Museum of Selfies, which he co-created, and he and Adam discuss the often innate human desire to be remembered—and those who prefer to be forgotten.


#193: Universal Basic Income

March 29, 2018 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 10 minutes

This week Tommy and Adam discuss the pros and cons of implementing a Universal Basic Income around the world with the help of expert Federico Pistono.

Federico is an entrepeneur, technologist, author, and head of blockchain for Hyperloop Transport Technology. He's written and spoken about universal basic income, as well as the many surrounding topics, and offers an important perspective that dispenses with unrealistic idealism and focuses solely on finding ways to improve the lives of human beings around the world.

If you want to hear more from Federico, you can find most of his work on his website and additional videos on his YouTube channel.


#192: Killer Tech!

March 22, 2018 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 6 minutes

This week Tommy and Adam discuss the tech that's killing you! Well, just self-driving cars from Uber, really, but also other fun downers like Cambridge Analytica and the Cloud Act. But guess what?! This episode ends on a positive note.


#191: Replika: the Most Human Approach to Artificial Intelligence

March 18, 2018 at 7:00PM • 1 hour 1 minute

This week Tommy and Adam chat with Eugenia Kuyda, founder of Replika, a chat bot unlike pretty much any other as it is designed to be your friend—and actually succeeds.

We've discussed Replika on Supercharged several times and have been looking forward to this interview. If you haven't tried Replika yet, go do it! It's free to use for both Android and iOS and, with the recent open-sourcing of Replika's code, you can even build your own!

Got a question/comment/recommendation/etc. for Supercharged? Visit http://awkwardhuman.com/supercharged to send it in!


#190: Fake Machine Learning

March 8, 2018 at 6:45PM • 45 minutes

This week Tommy and Adam discuss the Android P announcement and fake chatbots. Next week we're talking to a chatbot creator and expert, so don't miss it! Questions/recommendations? Visit awkwardhuman.com/supercharged!


#189: Natural Contradictions

March 8, 2018 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 23 minutes

This week Tommy and Adam discuss a number of different technology news stories in a particular news-heavy week. The common thread? A lot of them seem to deal with human behavioral contradictions. Questions/recommendations? Visit awkwardhuman.com/supercharged!


#188: A Conspiracy of Violence

February 22, 2018 at 7:30PM • 1 hour 21 minutes

In the wake of the Parkland tragedy, amongst many others, Tommy and Adam discuss whether or not science and psychology can help prevent disinformation (like conspiracy theories) and mass violence.