Tonight on GeekNights, we consider Futurama in all its glory. In the news, there's not much to talk about in the anime world (though Urban Vision appears to be doing poorly), and Scott geekbites Strange Tales MAX.
Geeknights 201000802 - Automated Killing Machines Expanded Show Notes - Show Run Time: 00:58:26 Time | Notes ---------+---------------------------------------------------------- 00:00:00 | Intro 00:00:26 | Opening Chit-Chat & News | - OMG a Monday show | - Rym comments on Scott's penis?? | - Monday show really recorded on a Tuesday | - Lack of Monday shows is usually due to con season | - Rym will be out for the Writer's Retreat next week | - Monday shows got shot down by various other reasons | - PC Gaming renaissance | - Starcraft II burning out video cards? | - Video card discussion | - Reminiscing on building computers | - Yo Momma jokes | - Advice on building computers: Spend money, or spend time researching | - So where were you on Monday? | - Discussion on reading the Internet | - Do we really need to know what's going on this very second? | - Discussion of various news aggregators on the web 00:18:46 | - Briefs versus Boxers versus other options | - MintyBoost and Apple device charging secrets | - All devices should have the same method of charging 00:22:58 | Things of the Day | Rym - Ghosts of World War II | - "jiff" versus "giff", Linux versus GNU/Linux | - Math classes versus Science classes - theorysayswhat? | Scott - Pythagoras Gif | - Teaching the same thing three times by three means | - Mathematical proofs shown visually = coolness 00:28:52 | Meta Moment | - Book Club - The Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury | - Many people haven't read a lot of hard sci-fi | - Aug 5 - Rym will be @ Scott Pilgrim screening | - Aug 7 - Mozilla Drumbeat | - Aug 13 - NerdNYC Boardgame Night | - Sep 3-5 - Labor day weekend - PAX Prime | - Sep 10-11 - NerdNYC Recess | - Sep 25-26 - Maker Faire in NYC | - Oct 8-10 - New York Anime Festival/New York Comic Con | - Oct 8-10 - Burning Wheel 10-10-10 weekend | - Oct 8-10 - NerdNYC Boardgame 00:32:57 | Main Topic - Killbots | - Using automated killing machines | - Manual control versus self-controlled | - Automated systems exist but are not used | - Area denial systems - automated to detect gunshots and respond | - Deploying systems to deny areas to all hostiles | - Working around automated systems | - Rym glosses over danger to civilians in a war zone | - Land mines & leftovers | - Automation of strategy and execution | - Drones & humans making the Kill/No Kill call versus self-automated | - Even if human is making the decision, it disassociates the human from the decision | - Geneva convention violations | - What if the controller doesn't know that they're violating the Geneva convention? | - Remote control eliminates battlefield mistakes due to adrenaline rush, etc | - What happens when we take the human control out of the equation? | - Programming the computer to follow the rules of engagement | - If the robots make fewer mistakes than the humans, shouldn't we use the robots instead? | - Discussion of how people blow issues out of proportion due to media bias and irrational fears | - Should we be concerned with the thought of moving towards a military where there is no danger to humans on our side? | - Discussion of surrogate robots used as warfare devices | - Would wars be an issue if they just cost us money and time? | - If there was no danger of kids not coming home from the war, would war be waged eternally? | - Would peacekeeping tasks be able to be conducted more efficiently if there was a surrogate army? | - Asymmetry of modern warfare | - Nuclear weapons & cold war game theory - "paper, rock, fuck-you" | - Best-case & worst-case scenarios for armaments of mass destruction | - The Mouse that Roared | - Rym would maintain top-secret research on weaponry - small actual capacity, large perceived capacity | - Robots versus robots - flushing money down the toilet? | - Discussion on war between modern industrialized societies | - "I defeated your army in order to get X" | - Weaponized Vuvuzela-bots | - Shows next week are up in the air due to Con season | - Colossus roar! 00:57:27 | Outro