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.



#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.


#147: The Future of Broadcast Entertainment

April 23, 2017 at 11:45PM • 1 hour 1 minute

The Hollywood of the past will soon cease to exist. The way we consume media has evolved over the last 20-some years to a model most successfully utilized by Netflix. But, is it sustainable? Will we stream our media commercial-free for the next decade, or do we need a more reliable option? This week on Supercharged, we examine the future of broadcast entertainment.


#146: The Last Console

April 9, 2017 at 7:00PM • 1 hour 2 minutes

This week on Supercharged we're looking at the future of console gaming and its impact on how we play.


#145: The YouTube Dilemma

April 5, 2017 at 2:00AM • 1 hour 16 minutes

This week (or last, if we're being accurate) on Supercharged we're talking about the numerous issues plaguing YouTube and its community, plus some other things. :)


#144: The Robot Uprising: Part III

March 23, 2017 at 7:00PM • 40 minutes

This week on Supercharged we're concluding our conversation on AI, AGI, and automatons. We finally take on the doomsday scenario, the off/stop button dilemma, and how we might merge with technology to create a harmonious existence that's neither fully organic or synthetic.


#143: The Robot Uprising: Part II

March 16, 2017 at 4:15PM • 35 minutes

This week on Supercharged we're continuing our conversation on AI, AGI, and automotons. We discuss human life and legacy as it relates to synthetic life, and look at issues in the current world. On the final segment, next week, we'll tackle the doomsday scenario.


#142: The Robot Uprising: Part I

March 11, 2017 at 2:00PM • 38 minutes

This week on Supercharged we're talking about the robot uprising, which doesn't really include robots or an uprising but rather automotons replacing humans in the workforce and human body parts. We will be the robot uprising! But this is just the beginning. We'll explore this topic over multiple episodes to give it the time it deserves.


#141: The Cost of Online Social

March 3, 2017 at 8:00PM • 1 hour 3 minutes

This week on Supercharged we're discussing the cost of online dating and social media. It may serve to connect us better in some ways, but hurts in others. We're exploring what works and doesn't and how we can improve.