Graffiti on the Walls of the Internet [Blog]

By Jeff Emtman

Companion to episode: The Daily Blast

Part 1: Bottoming out on the News.

I’m sideways, doomscrolling on Google News at 4 AM local time. Jetlagged out of my mind and too tired to sleep. 

This app reminds me that, as long as time’s existed, people have been pissed at each other.  It’s not great, but at least it’s consistent. 

Archaeologists in Pompeii found graffiti on the city walls with sentiments that feel somewhat familiar to me: “Epaphra, you are bald!”, ” Chie, I hope your hemorrhoids rub together so much that they hurt worse than when they ever have before!”, ““Restituta, take off your tunic, please, and show us your hairy privates”, “Epaphra is not good at ball games.”  Poor Epaphra. 

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The Garden of Branching Lyrical Paths [Blog]

By Martin Zaltz Austwick

Companion episode: The World Outside My Window

I have a doctorate, a significant chunk of which involves Quantum Computing – I’m not showing off, it’s not a very impressive thesis, but it’s relevant – but there’s one thing (well, many things) I never understood. You may have heard how Quantum Computing requires a huge amount of parallelism – many calculations being done at once. So rather than figuring out 1 + 1 OR 1 + 2, it does both at the same time. Quantum Mechanics lets you do this because Quantum bits are spooky and can be both 1 and 2 at the same time. Well, obviously it’s a bit more complicated, but that’s the basic idea – do all the calculations at once, and then pick the right answer at the end.

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The Start of Generative Podcasting? [Blog]

By Jeff Emtman

Companion to episode: This Is Neutrinowatch

Here on the Neutrinowatch site, Martin and I will dedicate a bit of space below-the-fold to breaking Neutrinowatch’s loose fiction. We want to share some of the joys and struggles of chugging to life this silly podcast machine that we that we’ve been building for the better part of a year. 

From what we can tell, Neutrinowatch is the first podcast of its kind (though we hope its not the last). It’s a “generative podcast” which is a term that we’ve adopted from generative music. The fundamental idea is that we, the podcasters, create a set of rules for each episode. Once we’re happy with the rules, we take our hands off the wheel and let a computer make the episodes for us. A new version every day.

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