I went to see Avatar: The Way of Water with long-time friend of the C-Realm, Kevin W. We recorded a quick reaction video outside the theater. That video is short because we were sitting outside on a cold day. For this episode of the podcast, we sat in comfy chairs indoors and discussed the film at length, chasing many a tangential rabbit and using the film as a springboard to discuss many a scifi trope.
Thanks to John Atwood not only for this conversation but for picking me up in Kings Beach, California and conveying me to my hotel in Reno, Nevada by way of a Thai restaurant, the UPS store and a post office in Carson City, Nevada.
The topic here, as with so many of my recent videos, is #AIart. John and I largely agree on the topic, though he fills in some of the gaps in my understanding.
John Atwood of One-Electron returned to Kings Beach, California and he brought his Lexus hybrid mobile recording studio with him. The conversation picks up where we left off a few weeks ago. Whereas that conversation focused mostly on radio and television, this time we're focused closer to the present and on social media. Many digressions ensue.
In the previous episode, I argued that giving a blue check mark to every Twitter user who offered up a credit card number as evidence of their identity would suffice. That argument was immediately destroyed by real world events.
This time, the topic remains Twitter, but now Jim of the Attack Ads! podcast and I dive into an argument from Dave Troy for the idea that Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey are collaborating to transform Twitter from a for-profit company into a "public good at the protocol level" in order to secure humanity's future as a multi-planet species. The whitepaper by Dave Troy referenced in this conversation can be found here.
My first podcast since moving to California. I talk about the social observations I made on my 3-day Greyhound journey, my close encounter with a bear, my new girlfriend, and the elite liberal reaction to Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter.