We Have Concerns

Jeff Cannata and Anthony Carboni talk about the personal philosophical concerns they find lurking inside everyday things. It's fun?

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Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 21m. Bisher sind 652 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint alle 2 Tage.

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episode 643: Quantum AI and Tiny Rango | #643


What if an AI could learn, not by simply doing an activity over and over, but by actually employing creativity? A new quantum computer aims to do just that, and it has Anthony and Jeff wondering what exactly makes intelligence intelligent. Then, a new record for the tiniest reptile ever discovered has been set in the island of Madagascar. Jeff sells Anthony on the idea of getting an itty bitty teeny weeny chameleon as a pet.


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 2021-02-05  1h1m
 
 

episode 642: Buying Happiness and Getting Ceres-ous


The old adage is that money can't buy happiness. But what if it can? Anthony and Jeff take a look at new studies that attempt to put that notion to the test, scientifically. The answer might surprise you. Then, a Finnish astrophysicist has written a paper detailing a plan for a human colony, not on Mars or the Moon, but in a floating satellite orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres, between Mars and Jupiter...


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 2021-01-31  59m
 
 

episode 641: Prehistoric Boning and Micromorts


Scientists know a surprising amount about the historical period when Neanderthals and ancient humans were interbreeding, including whether they kissed and the nature of their sexual organs. Jeff and Anthony take a look at this data with the dispassionate professionalism of real scientists who've seen the trailer for the Croods. Then, the unit measure known as the Micromort quantifies your chance at dying from any number of day to day activities...


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 2021-01-23  55m
 
 

episode 640: Useful Commutes and Masked Cows


Studies show the morning commute is the least favorite part of the day, and the commute home the third-least favorite, but it’s also possible to miss aspects of that enforced time between work and home. For all its downsides, the daily commute does have some positives. Anthony and Jeff discuss the science behind commuting, and how we can adapt in a new world. Then, there are 1.6 billion cattle on Earth, and their burps and farts are becoming a big problem...


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 2021-01-15  46m
 
 

episode 639: Forceful Gaze and Gator Tails


Have you ever sensed that someone might be watching you? You get a prickly feeling at the back of your neck and turn to see a stranger staring at you across the room. It sometimes seems that we can feel a person’s gaze as a physical sensation. Anthony and Jeff discuss research into this very sensation, in an attempt to figure out what we are actually sensing...


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 2021-01-08  1h2m
 
 

episode 638: Octopus Punch and HIIT for Life


Well, it has finally happened. Octopuses have been observed punching fish. Out of spite. Anthony and Jeff keep their eye on the cephalopods and reiterate their vie that they's aliens. Then, exercise has been linked to longevity - but what kind of exercise? Jeff and Anthony take a look at a new study that may well answer that question in a very encouraging way.


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 2021-01-01  54m
 
 

episode 637: Alien Radio and Rat Drivers


Astronomers behind the most extensive search yet for alien life are investigating an intriguing radio wave emission that appears to have come from the direction of Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the sun. Anthony and Jeff start celebrating prematurely. Then, why would anyone teach a rat to drive a car. How? With what? The answers to all of the questions is science. Jeff and Anthony sort it out for you.


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 2020-12-28  47m
 
 

episode 636: Cookie Efficiency and Lab Meat


Have you ever stood over a rolled-out slab of cookie dough and pondered just how to best cut out cookies with as little waste as possible? Now, even math experts have given up on finding a computer algorithm to answer this type of geometric problem. Jeff and Anthony discuss something that seems simple, but is actually impossible. Then, lab grown meat has existed for a while, but it has been too expensive for public sale. Now, a new company plans to put a kill-free meat on the market...


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 2020-12-21  50m
 
 

episode 635: Kid Justice and Stone Age Monkeys


A new Yale study shows that many children are willing to make personal sacrifices to punish wrongdoers — and even more so if they believe punishment will teach the transgressor a lesson. Anthony and Jeff are heartened by the findings and wonder if there is encouraging evidence about how humans perceive justice. Then, researchers have discovered that one population of white-faced capuchin monkeys in Panama have entered the Stone Age...


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 2020-12-11  45m
 
 

episode 634: Light in Space and New Laws for Robots


If you could look at the night sky without stars, galaxies and everything else known to give off visible light, does the universe itself put out a glow? That's a question being addressed by the NOIRLab in Arizona, and the answer may surprise you. It certainly surprises Anthony and Jeff, who try to wrap their brains around new findings about light in the darkness. Then, Isaac Asimov's Three Laws for Robotics have been a part of science fiction and popular culture for decades...


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 2020-12-04  1h4m