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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
Special guest JD Pirtle from the Catherine Cook School in Chicago talks robotics, 3-D printing, robotics, using Raspberry Pi and playing with Minecraft – introducing innovative technologies in education from Pre-K on up! Mike tries REALLY hard not to get too wonky, and JD keeps us on topic with great insights into how technology is enhancing and improving education for all the kids at Catherine Cook – even their youngest students.
- Android Stagefright exploit
- Cyberflashing, sexting, and a recap of Brett Favre’s penis related propaganda
- Windows 10 and P2P updates
Geek Trivia Answer from Jay Garmon
What two components on the original IBM home PC were actually logo’d with IBM?
Cool Sites of the Week
Follow-up on the things we discussed with our guest, JD Pirtle here:
And from the earlier segment of our show:
- Stagefright Detector – If you’re wondering if YOU’VE got stage fright (the malware, not the condition), wonder no more! Free download, highly rated.
Podcast Only Song of the Week
TOPIC: Mostly prognostication, but we DO get into a long discussion about how the prevalence of memes adds to the misinformation quotient of the Internet … Jay Garmon gets to weigh in on that one too, before asking us this awesome question:
How many people have been both astronauts and been elected to Congress (not necessarily in that order)?
Then it’s time for our yearly “future look” for the team. We may not come up with many predictions, but they’re good ones! We’re confident enough to put these down in ink, not just audio this year, so you can call us out on them as we miss/hit over the next 12 months:
- Tesla figures out a way to sell direct to consumer. (JG)
- A fully autonomous commuter vehicle will be put into regular use. (MK)
- We will see the first conventional military response to a cyber-attack. (JG)
- NVRAM will begin replacing hard drives in consumer tech devices. (DS)
- Major breach of healthcare data will reveal not only that our government is just as bad at protecting our data as corporations are, but also details of price collusion and related corruption. (MK)
We end up with the Black Keys screaming out some “Howlin’ for You” off their album Brothers!
TOPIC: Great show this week with our usual mix of news and views, plus a fantastic pre-recorded segment from Google’s own Roya Soleimani!
Roya gives us a deep dive into the Google I/O revelations, and what we can expect to see coming to a tablet, phone, or car near us in the near future … and shows what a great sport she is, putting up with Mike’s antics.
We finish up with “Crave You” by Flight Facilities.
TOPIC: After a little breakdown Gangnam Style, and shock that nearly half of us have been hacked, we are joined by special guest Fred Hoch, CEO of the Illinois Technology Association! Fred tells us what’s wrong – and right – with the technology business economy in Illinois, and what he and other Chicago-based organizations are doing to make it even better!
On top of an awesome interview with Fred, we even have time for a few great Coolsites of the Week this week:
- Illinois Technology Association (ITA) – What this show is all about! Located right downtown, these folks are working hard to keep Illinois working hard and bringing tech companies together.
- TechNexus – The technology “clubhouse” Fred started to get tech people talking.
- Swell (Beta) – Beta only for Android, but this streaming news service is something you should jump on as soon as you can! Like Pandora, but for news …
- Isoscope – Walking ranges in cities
- FlipQuiz.me – Jeopardy! style quizzes, easy to make, free, sharable, online, what more could you ask for?
- Quartermaster.info – All of you fellow GoT geeks need to jump in to this amazing interactive map, character information, travel paths complete with both start and bloody endpoints … and all sans spoilers!
Podcast only song of the week this week is the chill “This Head I Hold” by Electric Guest!
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!
TOPIC: Dave’s not here, so Mike gets to rant about Google Reader and Hangouts again and talk about anything else that comes to mind … but Jay Garmon sticks around to discuss the news of the day and share this geek trivia question of the week:
Of all the “blockbuster” summer movies released Memorial Day weekend, what was the only one that ever won the best picture award?
With guests and regulars like we had today it’s no surprise that our coolsites of the week bit got a little squished (as in “completely out of existence”) but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some sites you should check out:
- EveryStockPhoto.com – Just what it sounds like, a huuuuge collection of royalty free stock photos that you can search and find and use to your heart’s content!
- FontSquirrel.com – Similarly, but with fonts. Lots and lots of fonts. Free, delicious fonts!
- LeagueOfMovableType.com – Like FontSquirrel, but slightly less so.
- LostType.com – This site focuses on providing high quality, interesting fonts and less on sheer quantity. Excellent curated (and free) font choices here!
- SmashingMagazine.com – A wonderful collection of articles and links to design and graphic insight and information. Check out the seasonal wallpapers!
Keep listening for the distinctly Bronski-beat sounding “Blind” by Hercules!
TOPIC: Wow! Episode 300 … and what a great one it is too! Oddly enough, our tricentennial goes unremarked, either through excessive humility or rampant obliviousness (long time listeners of the show will be placing their bets on obliviousness), but with Dave “Sparky” Saganaki, good friend Jay Garmon and new friend of the show Alex Knapp of Forbes magazine tech and blog fame, this is an outstanding reflection on the past years of broadcast!
Jay of course provides us with a great stumper for the coming week:
Who was the one (and only) person in history to have ever been hit directly by a meteorite?
With this lineup there was no way to fit in coolsites of the week, but don’t forget to tweet with Alex @TheAlexKnapp! We end with “The Ship Song” by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.
TOPIC: The coming AI singularity – that point when the growth of non-human intelligence surpasses our ability to control (even understand it) is coming. Do you know how it will affect you, and what you can do about it? This week we have a fantastic conversation with author James Miller about his new book Singularity Rising … tune in to find out if you should be excited, afraid, or both!
Jay Garmon hits us up with this great question:
What was the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” technology originally intended for?
No coolsites of the week (though you should check out http://singularityrising.com for more info Professor Miller’s fantastic book), but we end with a great song, Robert Smith and Crystal Castles with “Not In Love”.
TOPIC: It’s Sunday, noon. The big game is just about to kick off and all you need to do to guarantee a win in your fantasy football league is to swap that defense. What do you see as you log in to make the change? 404 website fail! If you were using Yahoo! this weekend to get your fantasy on, this is literally what happened to you – and Mike knows your pain! We also get into a little General Betrayus discussion, and our good friend Jay Garmon spends probably far more time than he expected on-air chatting and getting into detailed info about this and more – plus asks this brain bender for the week:
Why did Nolan Bushnell really have Atari develop the Pong video game?
And we finally get a chance for a few coolsites of the week:
- NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month! Get help, insight, advice and direction for writing your first novel right here!
- Stykz – Make your own stick figure animations for free! Download the software and have at it … no strings attached.
- Stamen Maps – Make your plain Jane Google maps look artistic and cool!
- EBM First – Great place to get started on finding out where to spend your health dollars. Evidence-Based Medicine First will disabuse you of any illusions you might have concerning your “healthcare” provider, and give you ammo to fight against quackery everywhere!