Future of Manufacturing and Interactive Movies

In today's podcast, Cathi Bond talks about PSFK's report on the future of manufacturing and the possibility of more continuous feedback. Could it help reduce waste and increase customization? Nora Young looks at the interactive 'proof of concept' movie Otis (via Engadget). You can watch and interact with Otis for free here. Let us know what you think in the comments! [iframe style="border:none" src="//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/5825410/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/no/render-playlist/no/theme/standard/tdest_id/237069" height="100" width="480" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Download MP3

AI that Creates Music, and a 16 Hour Work Week

Welcome to season 13 (ack!) of The Sniffer! Thanks for staying subscribed; we really appreciate the support. On this podcast episode, Nora Young talks about this Technology Review profile of Douglas Eck, who works on creativity and AI at Google's Magenta. Meanwhile, Cathi Bond discusses Jack Ma's idea that in the future, we'll all work a 16 hour work week (via Gizmodo). What would you do if your working life was 16 hours per week? [iframe style="border:none" src="//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/5776252/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/no/render-playlist/no/theme/standard/tdest_id/237069" height="100" width="480" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Download MP3

The Power of Journals and Yikes! Bed Bugs

This time, Nora Young and Cathi Bond commit to keeping journals after reading this article about the benefits of doing so. Writing out your thoughts reminds Nora of this Spark interview with philosopher Andy Clark, about the idea of "extended minds". 

Cathi Bond offers you this summertime travel help: how to spot and deal with bed bugs (via Lifehacker)!


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Virtual Reality Pain Relief and Perfume as Social History

This time, Cathi Bond talks about a study testing the effectiveness of different virtual reality scenarios in managing pain. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a virtual reality scene at a calming beach was much more effective in pain relief, than one that was simply a distracting urban scene (via Medgadget)

Nora Young talks about an exhibit in London UK called Perfume: A Sensory Journey through Contemporary Scent, and how perfume can be a barometre of social conditions (via PSFK).

 


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Blocking Memories and Modular Tents

Nora Young talks about research into blocking specific memories in snails (via Motherboard

Just in time for summer, Cathi Bond talks about the RhinoWolf tent system. You can sleep anywhere from one to 100 people by attaching more and more modular tents (via New Atlas


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Robocop and Bricks and Mortar Amazon

On this podcast, Cathi Bond talks about the growing trend in robot policing (via New Atlas)

Nora Young talks about this Guardian article, which takes a walk through Amazon's latest bricks-and-mortar store in New York. In the wake of their purchase of Whole Foods, what's Amazon's end game?

 


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Health Trends: Apps for Recovery and Tech for Mobility

In this podcast, Nora Young talks about Triggr Health, an app designed to support people in recovery from substance abuse (via Technology Review). It reminds her of Onward, an app to help people manage 'overuse' that her show Spark covered recently. Nora also mentions Cathi's fabulous story in the new collection, Any Other Way Cathi Bond talks about a fascinating Manual Standing Wheelchair that users can manipulate to raise themselves to a standing position (via MedGadget) Here it is in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I_OTUS9heQ [iframe style="border:none" src="//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/5460807/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/no/render-playlist/no/theme/standard/tdest_id/237069" height="100" width="480" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Download MP3

New Ideas for Mass Customization: Houses and Shoes

This time, Cathi Bond talks about Cover, an architectural startup that aims to give people customized, small houses - based on their preferences - at a lower cost than hiring an architect to design a home, but with more options than just buying a regular prefab (via PSFK) Meanwhile, Nora Young talks about Adidas' plan to partner with innovative 3D printing company, Carbon, to produce customized midsoles for sneakers (via Technology Review) [iframe style="border:none" src="//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/5383886/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/no/render-playlist/no/theme/standard/tdest_id/237069" height="100" width="480" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Download MP3

Gig Economy Pushback and Still Using Word

Welcome back to the podcast! This time, Nora Young talks about this article over at Backchannel, and why some service-based startups are rejecting the 'Uber for X', gig economy model in favour of hiring actual employees. Meanwhile, Cathi Bond points to this Gizmodo article questioning why people still need to use Word. Cathi's been having her own frustrations, and wonders whether she should find an alternative. In the comments, Gizmodo's readers, however, seem to like Word. How about you? Is it still the industry standard where you work? If not, what do you use instead? [iframe style="border:none" src="//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/5315801/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/no/render-playlist/no/theme/standard/tdest_id/237069" height="100" width="480" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Download MP3

Sorry State of the Web and Cool, Modular Phones

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web and recent winner of the Turing Award, has been sounding the alarm about the sad, sad state of the Web (read it here in The Guardian). Cathi Bond has heard the alarm bells loud and clear. Is the promise of the Web as an open, democratic place dead? People have been talking about modular smart phones for a while now, where you swap out parts of your phone that need upgrading, instead of trading them in for a whole new one. Are they ready for their close-up? Nora Young says there are a bunch of modular phones around (see the comparison at CNet) including a new version of the Fairphone (via PSFK), which ethically sources materials. What would it take to make modular phones sexy rather than just worthy? Finally, astonishingly, people watch a billion hours of content on YouTube per day! What if people actually did something for the public good with all that time? [iframe style="border:none" src="//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/5248734/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/no/render-playlist/no/theme/standard/tdest_id/237069" height="100" width="480" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Download MP3