Leo He Zhao

KMO talks with DJ and designer, Leo He Zhao, about the political and philosophical ideas that motivated him to create the closed Facebook group, Anarcho-Socialism. They discuss the history and pre-history of human social organization, the inherently harmful nature of private property and the profit motive as well as the nature of technology. Leo rejects technological determinism and the idea that without the military industrial complex and capitalism that we would not enjoy the information and communications technology which makes podcast conversations like this one possible. At the end of the conversation, Leo talks about the "talking drums" of Africa, and the music that KMO included in the background comes from this YouTube video of master talking drummer, Ayan Bisi Adeleke.


Eggman has a Black Pill for you.

In this solo romp, KMO responds to an argument by Phil Torres in Salon which purports to demonstrate how the transgressions of Milo Yiannopolis, an avowed Roman Catholic, demonstrates that Sam Harris and the other so-called New Atheists have slid into the Alt Right. After that, we delve into the worldview of the involuntary celibates in the form of a video by Eggman, and KMO wraps up the show with an exploration of the potential downside to empathy.

398: Guided by Beauty

This is a conversation recorded at the home of Charles Eisenstein in January of 2014. We have so many demands on our attention, and so many players trying to manipulate our worldview. What principle can we rely on to guide our choices? Charles proposes that we let beauty be our guide.

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KMO has been yammering on about sex robots. In this third and final podcast in the Summer 2017 Sex Robots trilogy, Doug Lain and Z-Realm co-host, Marty, chime in for a discussion of the 1987 SF masterpiece, Cherry 2000. Doug doesn't think that AI and robots will ever make significant inroads in disrupting the male/female sexual dynamic. KMO and Marty see other possibilities. Hey! This is supposed to be a show about sex robots. What's up with the volley ball from Castaway in the cover art?


A new Real Doll waits for its face to be finished before being shipped off to a customer.

KMO returns to the topic of sex robots and then looks at falling rates of serum testosterone in men, the fact that Millennials are having less sex than Generation X and the Baby Boomers did at the same age, and the misperception that Millennials are the cyber-enhanced "hook-up generation." They have the technology but not the gumption, or so it seems. In the second half of the episode, KMO responds to the guest on Zero Squared Podcast #119.


Want a million hits for your Van Life video? Try adding some shapely ass.

What do equipping a van to serve as a stealth camper and sex robots have in common? Probably not much aside from the fact that KMO and Scott Mauer devote an hour of conversation to these two topics. Scott is equipping his van for life on the road. He currently lives in a yurt. The sex robot portion of the conversation was inspired by an article in the Guardian about the competition between revival manufacturers to develop the first, fully functional sex robot. What are the social, psychological, and ethical implications of owning a perfectly willing sex slave? Scott offers a rundown of adult attachment theory to open up new space for consideration, and they also explore the controversy around the possibility that pedophiles could harmlessly indulge the sexual fixation with a robot.


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The Big Red Button of Doom

KMO welcomes Jim, of the Attack Ads! podcast to the C-Realm Vault to discuss the shortcomings in the Peak Oil Doom-o-sphere's understanding of the evolution of the technology underlying electric vehicles and the systematic, deliberate, and well-funded disinformation campaign that has poisoned the well of public opinion about electric vehicles.  After a discussion of the nature of kluges in technology, biology and language, they get down to the gritty economic and social consequences of automating away most driving jobs.