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- 11 / 01 / 2023 -
The show won't be on next week, encouraging people to support the radio station, why nobody should assume the station will survive without their pledge, Emmanuel tries to get everyone interested in Bluesky, the difficulty in getting people to migrate from Twitter, how it used to be so much easier to communicate, the need for a service that will connect with multiple social media outlets, Facebook "memories" are being sent to Emmanuel, recollecting the renting of a skywriting plane during the Free Kevin demonstrations, how everything cool is supposedly dying, confusion on how to share Bluesky addresses, it's been about a year since ChatGPT made its debut, legal action involving artificial intelligence, a project to poison data sent to AI models, an Alexa device replies to Emmanuel, Alex discusses the potential legal arguments against poisoning data sent to AI models, how twisting the truth may be the salvation here, Google Bard's audio response concerning false facts, a second response will be played on "Overtime," a Facebook opt-out program for artificial intelligence data retention appears to be an attempt to collect even more personal information, a letter from Greg Newby on how new technology is changing audio books, the importance of having ground rules early on, there will be 2600 meetings this Friday.
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- 11 / 15 / 2023 -
Alex has an improved sound, a roundup of news from "Bard the Hacker," the problem with outdated news stories using both artificial intelligence and news sites in general, Emmanuel finds a grammatical error in Bard's words, how automation has been the curse of radio for decades, users strike back against Google's attack on ad blockers on YouTube, why subscribing to YouTube Premium isn't a solution for most people, how Emmanuel's streaming of trains on YouTube through Virtual Railfan has been disrupted by ads on the livestream, other examples of "slow TV," how YouTube ads can sometimes be half an hour long, how a misconfigured "mid-roll" setting could be responsible for much unintended advertising, "Overtime" will be demonstrating the most annoying YouTube ad setting tonight, how Reuter's feed of the bombing of Gaza was constantly interrupted by Google advertising on YouTube, Kyle explains how the system doesn't need to force ads on people to be profitable, Gila describes how some smaller YouTube channels won't generate mid-roll ads, Rob's YouTube channel has ads despite a setting disabling them, the story of an elderly Wisconsin couple trying to sell thousands of old phones, some details about HOPE XV coming up in July, the advantage of having old phones around, the prospect of having the phone people on the show, Bard the Hacker explains why people should pledge their support to WBAI, correcting a mispronounced URL, the ten most hacked passwords in Louisiana and how this story has been spread around, onboard infotainment systems are being used by car manufacturers to store text messages of their customers, how law enforcement is given access to these messages while customers aren't.
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- 11 / 22 / 2023 -
Disturbing news concerning a major fire at the Tesla Science Center on Long Island, reading from an official release, the structural integrity of the building seems to have withstood the blaze, how the spirit of the place is going to survive, the Tesla Science Center's presence at HOPE, Ron Knappen of PhoneCo Inc. in Wisconsin joins the discussion, Ron estimates he has around 50,000 phones, the number of buildings needed to maintain this, 33 semi trailers are dedicated to this collection, how Ron got started back in 1942 on the road to collecting phones, why it's important to have ancient phones around for the atmosphere, the story of another collector who supposedly had a million phones, what old phones were made of, the story of when Ron had an illegal phone as a child, the kind of phone that Ron is using at the moment, the challenge Ron is facing trying to get rid of all these phones, how people can start the process of buying an old phone from PhoneCo, how PhoneCo supplies phones to movie and television productions, Ron makes a conference call to his wife Mary, wondering whether Mary shares Ron's interest in phones, a list of some of the movies their phones have appeared in, the kind of phone that Mary is using at the moment, how the Bell 500 set has lasted the longest, the difference in durability between the touch tone dial and the rotary dial, some of the other names in historic phone manufacturing, the advantages of using old phones, how you can't take apart a modern phone, thoughts on telephone museums, concern over an apparent dwindling interest, the rarity of young people getting interested in old phone collections, local telephone collector clubs, contact information, how phones can keep you young.
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- 11 / 29 / 2023 -
The show won't be on next week, a squeaky door throws Emmanuel off, a profile of Sports Illustrated writer Drew Ortiz, revealing the fact that Drew never actually existed, some of the surprising authors who were published in Sports Illustrated, how humans are ultimately the ones to blame here, why it should always be revealed when something is written by artificial intelligence, an update on the fire at the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe as executive director Marc Alessi joins the conversation, eleven departments responded to the blaze, historical relics weren't lost, what remains of the building that was affected, a three million dollar goal has been set to recover from this setback, how people can get involved, what the ultimate goal is, why kids are so drawn to the world of Nikola Tesla, the next HOPE conference will take place close to Tesla's birthday, looking forward to the day when the Tesla Science Center is complete, parallels to the struggles in Tesla's life, Kyle and Emmanuel recall seeing the space station while at an event at Wardenclyffe and seeing the site before it was saved, feedback to last week's interview with Ron and Mary from PhoneCo Inc., a great image can be found on Street View when looking for the PhoneCo building, the NYPD is beginning to encrypt their radio transmissions, why this is a major blow to accountability, why this is really bad for journalists as well, the claim that this is supposedly being done to protect the privacy of suspects and witnesses, how encrypting police traffic is actually a law in California, wondering what the penalty will be for cracking the encryption in order to once again listen to police traffic, there are 2600 meetings this Friday.
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