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SHOW SUMMARY – Pedro Domingos joins us for a fascinating discussion on machine learning and his new book “The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World.” Tune in to hear us rap about self-programming computers, David Hume, reverse engineering the human brain, and more as we dig deep into what’s been called “the Bible of data-ism”!
- Microsoft OneDrive eliminates unlimited storage
- WRLR’s iOS/iPhone app is live and ready for download! Install today and listen to WRLR anytime, anywhere!
- Android and Apple Trojan apps
- PHP hacks
Alternatives to OneDrive
- DropBox – Use this link and we BOTH get an extra 500MB free!
- Google Drive – Tons of free storage, if you use their document formats
- Flickr – Pics only, but a full Terabyte offered for free, right out of the gate.
Jay “Geek Trivia” Garmon Trivia Answer
What software did you need to listen to the very first radio simulcast?
Coolsites of the Week
- The Master Algorithm – Available anywhere books are sold, and easy to find on Amazon.
- PedroDomingos.org – Find out more about Pedro and his other efforts.
- Machine Learning Classes on Coursera – You can really dive in and learn more here, directly from Dr. Domingos himself!
- PHP Code De-obfuscator – For all those times when you really, really need to know what that malicious code in your PHP headers means
- Stitcher – If you haven’t heard of this most excellent podcast finder and listening app for your phone yet, you’ve been missing out! ::psst:: you can even get TechTalk on there 🙂
Podcast Only Song of the Week
- Mike Miller, prolific author and tech polymath shares his insights into Windows 10 and the Internet of Things! Links to his website and all books are included in the notes below.
- Dedicated WRLR Live radio app is coming soon to an android phone near you!
- Canadian Internet still stinks. Also, Idaho.
Coolsites of the Week:
- MillerWriter.com – ALL of Mike Miller’s books, videos, news, contact info and more!
- The Internet of Things – Direct link to the book by Michael Miller (Amazon).
- Easy Computer Basics, Windows 10 Edition – Direct link to the book by Michael Miller (Amazon)
Podcast Only Song of the Week:
TOPIC: This is the second (of two) in our series of interviews from the floor of ConGlomeration 2014 in Lousiville, KY.
In the first segment, we discuss cubesats, kevlar solar sails, 3D printing and more with Dr. Les Johnson! Dr. Johnson is an author and an honest to goodness NASA rocket scientist, so we have a fabulous and in-depth hard science talk about the future of space exploration. You’ll want to check out his books, both the ones already out and those now available for preorder:
- Les Johnson Homepage – A great place to start, this page focuses on Dr. Johnson’s writing, both fact and fiction.
- Rescue Mode – Co-written with sci-fi icon Ben Bova, this “gritty and scientifically accurate” book will be on shelves in June, but you can pre-order your copy today!
- Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel – To get a better idea of the details of our brief discussion about sails, this is a great book. It provides a truly accessible introduction to solar sail technology, and what they will be used for in the near, and distant, future.
- TEDx Talk – Dr. Johnson also gave a wonderful talk at TEDx in Huntsville, AL back in October.
Immediately following that, we’re graced with Adam English and Rand Bellavia from the band “The Surfing Colonel from Apocalypse Now” … no, wait, that’s not right … it’s “Ookla the Mok!” And make sure you spell that with a “K” unless you’re really, really into reggae.
Seriously though, this is a fabulous interview covering the gamut from filk to tech-pop rock, what it means that “real” music can now be made without ever touching an instrument, and how you too can use Melodyne to sound just like Jon Bonham – without 2 liters of vodka in you! Plus, we discover that Rand truly is a polymath with a prodigious memory that may, just may (shhh, don’t tell him), outstrip our very own Jay Garmon’s!
Here are some useful links for getting even more Mok in your ears:
- Ookla the Mok Homepage – All Ookla, all the time, your best bet for getting CD’s, finding tour dates, and more.
- CD Baby Discography – Get all the Ookla you can handle (and then some?) here for sale on CD Baby!
Podcast only songs of the week are from Ookla the Mok vs. Evil and include “Mwahaha” and “Doctor Octopus (feat. Venom).” Enjoy!
TOPIC: Straight from the floor of ConGlomeration 2014 in Lousiville, KY – a historic first TechTalk remote, and first convention broadcast too! In a surprising turn of events for regular listeners, casting the show remotely resulted in fewer than the average number of tech issues … not to mention an amazing interview with Sci-Fi and fantasy icon David Drake!
We’re lucky enough to have Dave “Sparky” Saganaki join us as well, and Jay Garmon is live and in-person. Note that this is one of 3 interviews we had on the floor, with Dr. Les Johnson and Ookla the Mok to be released soon.
We were at the ultimate of cool sites, so the only CoolSites of the Week are these:
- ConGlomeration – The show itself; if you missed this year it’s not too early to start thinking about 2015!
- David Drake – Looking for more Drake? Start here.
- Hammer’s Slammer’s – The series Mr. Drake is arguably most famous for.
- Lord of the Isles – The start of his rousing fantasy series, and my personal favorite!
TOPIC: Who are you? And what happens to that “you” when we start using technology to enhance our memory – or can insert new thoughts and memories into that “you”, intentionally or not? Expert neurosurgeon, neuroprostheticist, author and inventor Dr. Eric Leuthardt spends time with us exploring these questions and more! His intense new book, RedDevil 4 is set in a near-future world where these questions – and the difficult, sometimes frightening answers – are not hypothetical but all too real!
What work of fiction is credited with coming up with the concept of the first VR goggles?
Looking for more? You can find out about our topic and guest today here:
- Intellectual Ventures – Full bio of Dr. Leuthardt
- RedDevil 4 – The book!
- Brains and Machines – Dr. Leuthardt’s blog, with current articles and discussion.
TOPIC: We have lots of time to explore the fun – and danger – of anonymous chat and texting apps like Yik Yak, and also get into a deep dive on the hows and whys of Uber and other “alternative” ways to get to where you’re going!
Lots of Coolistes of the Week this week, surrounding the many things we talked about and more!
- RelayRides – Leave your car at the airport, and make money at the same time! Or, get a cheap ride wherever you go by borrowing someone else’s car!
- Uber – Always wanted to be a cab driver, but regulations, safety, and insurance all got in the way? Not an issue anymore with Uber!
- Cogi – Cool and free app of the week that allows you to record conversations, lectures, and more to save, highlight and share with a tap of your finger. The best thing is, it saves the last minute of recording at all times so you never miss an important point because you forgot to start recording!
Kids Talk Tech Justin talks about the series “Survive! Inside The Human Body” a Korean Mangha-style comic biology book that brings science and medicine to kids in a very engaging and exciting way!
Podcast only song of the week is “Dvno” by Justice!
TOPIC: Internationally acclaimed intellectual property lawyer and good friend of the show Alexandre Montagu discusses how our laws and public understanding have yet to catch up with the ever-shifting reality of privacy, property, and legislative boundaries in the era of Big Data … it’s a fascinating talk, and one that helps make sense of Snowden, the NSA, data collection and theft, Google, and more!
Before that we cover the usual roundup of daily news, and Jay Garmon comes on with this great question:
What planet has the harshest relative winter in the solar system?
Find out more about Alex Montagu and his book with these links:
Also, in case you hadn’t heard, the entire TechTalk team will likely be down in Louisville, KY for a special live and remote broadcast of the show at this year’s Conglomeration sci-fi/fantasy/gaming/fan con! Join us in April for what promises to be a great weekend http://conglomeration.info – hope to see you there!
TOPIC: Hartmut Esslinger may not be a name that rolls off the tip of your tongue in the same breath as Steve Jobs, Apple Computers, Trinitron TV’s, or defining the evolving design paradigms in technology over the last 50 years – but it should be! Founder of Frogdesign, intimate collaborator and friend of Steve Jobs, Mr. Esslinger shares his wealth of insight and experience with us in this phenomenal interview.
Not to be outdone, Jay Garmon joins us and continues on our Google-themed trivia line.
How long after Google Mail (GMail) went out of beta did they have their first outage?
If you are looking for more about Hartmut, Frogdesign, or an insight into Apple and Steve Jobs’ creative design process, we can’t recommend more highly that you take a look at these books:
- Keep It Simple – Detailed and intimate look at the evolution of design at Apple, complete with over 380 illustrations showing the creative design process of Apple’s iconic devices.
- Design Forward – This earlier book of Mr. Esslinger’s explains how strategic design in business and society can – and indeed must – bring about positive change through innovative creativity.
We leave you then with the podcast only song of the week … “Hit Me Down Sonny” by the Ting Tings!
NOTE: Apologies to our listeners, but Jay and Dave’s speech is somewhat garbled; that is a fault on our end and there is no need to adjust your speakers 🙁
TOPIC: Too many Daves, too little time today as we not only get our very own Dave “Sparky” Saganaki on air, but also talk at length with Dave Cicirelli, the author of the fascinating take on the “truth” behind our social media avatars, “Fakebook: A true Story. Based on Actual Lies.” We wax philosophic and have a great time!
Jay Garmon joins us as well, answers last week’s question and poses this new stumper:
What sci-fi book had the term “Googleplex” in it to describe a large computer cluster – nearly 20 years before the Google we all know and live came to be?
We get time for just one coolsite, but you can also find more about Dave and his book in a variety of locations:
- GCFLearnFree – Great place to find tutorials and tips for basic computer skills. Dave S is using it in Canada to help seniors, but it’s perfect for any age!
- The Fakebook Friends Website – the source of all things fakebook, and where you can find out the “real” scoop on Dave Cicerelli!
- Fakebook Facebook page – be a fakebook facebook friend.
- Amazon’s Fakebook purchase page – you can buy the book here!
The podcast only song of the week this week is by Friendly Fire called “In The Hospital”!
TOPIC: If you are interested in hearing the REAL story of one of the greatest innovators and inventors of our time, you’ll want to queue this ‘cast up in your playlist immediately! We have a great time with W. Bernard Carlson as he joins us to discuss his new book “Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age.” Although he may have had some mental short circuits, Telsa fought against all resistance, and through a shocking turn of alternating events became among the most important of current day figures. OK, OK enough of the puns (no, wait, I’ve got one left – Contrary to rumor, Tesla never become a zen master, crying “Ohm” all day!). Seriously, this was a phenomenal interview and a great book. Listen, learn, and enjoy!
We even get some time in with Jay Garmon and discuss this tantalizing tidbit of timely trivia:
What was the last piece of equipment put into orbit by the space shuttle program?
We don’t get time for any real coolsites, but these are some links you should connect to:
- TeslaInnovation – W. Bernard Carlson’s website, with links about the book, and even more detail and info about Tesla himself!
- Van Buren & Wells – You won’t find this local Chicago band’s CD on Amazon or at your local Borders … yet … but you should definitely keep an eye on them!
As you may be able to tell from that last coolsite of the week, the tune of the week is “Wasted Time Blues” by Van Buren & Wells!