Global monitoring - eroding the sense of self

If the ground shakes but no one is around to feel it, did North Korea really test a bomb? Danny & Mark talk about monitoring of people in both a global and personal sense, and how our perception of personal data has changed through out the years.

Relevant Links:

https://earthquakenorth.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/the-seismic-network-of-the-international-monitoring-system/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2017/07/21/how-a-fish-tank-helped-hack-a-casino/?utm_term=.b95c57f52aae
https://www.reddit.com/r/WeatherGifs/comments/706jpa/12day_timelapse_of_hurricane_irma_captured_by/
https://twitter.com/GambleLee/status/862307447276544000

A centrally planned economy

Danny & Mark talk about a type of communism based around a centrally planned economy. Yes, we know, we're scientists, not economists! But there are serious scientific challenges we have to face if this type of economy were to ever work.

Relevant Links:

http://chris-said.io/2016/05/11/optimizing-things-in-the-ussr/ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14515225
http://crookedtimber.org/2012/05/30/in-soviet-union-optimization-problem-solves-you/
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/LinearProgramming.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I9AdLnjP0M

Nuclear weapons & you

Danny & Mark talk about nuclear weapons, and whether or not we should be worried that they exist. (We recorded this show on June 24th, 2017. 10 days later, North Korea tested a new type of missile, claiming they can now hit Alaska with a nuclear warhead. Maybe it's time for the doomsday clock to once again be updated).

Relevant Links:

Dan Carlin's HH episode called "The Destroyer of Worlds"
http://thebulletin.org/timeline
http://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLCF7vPanrY
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_states_with_nuclear_weapons

The imitation game

Have you ever picked up the phone and wondered if the person on the other end is real, or just a robot? Well, that type of technology is rapidly becoming a reality, and Danny & Mark talk about the companies that are combating fake voices and...a new way to go on dates?

Relevant links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjE0Kdfos4Y
https://lyrebird.ai/demo
https://www.candyvoice.com/#/
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/11/adobe-voco-photoshop-for-audio-speech-editing/
http://www.graphics.stanford.edu/~niessner/thies2016face.html