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.



#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. :)


#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. :)