13 May 2015
24 mins 51 secs
About this Episode
We've reached the point where our technology speaks to us. But does that software have enough to say? When will we be able to build artificial intelligence with personality? And is everything getting more bland because the teams who make things are too big?
These and many other questions go completely unanswered when Simon and Sam have a conversation about robotic personalities and constraints on our creativity.
Things we talk about:
- Siri should be weirder
- An online version of Jorge Luis Borges' Library of Babel
- Why don't more artist types get involved with technology
- The best ever Twitter account, Horse eBooks (Sam knows it was fake but doesn't care)
- The movie Her
- Black Mirror Season 2 Episode 1, "Be Right Back"
- Why the need for merchandising made Avengers: Age of Ultron so bad
- Benedict Cumberbatch reading Kafka's Metamorphosis makes Sam's panties explode
- Another movie about robots with personality, Ex Machina
- What you can learn from film-makers about how to run your company better
- Related: how the principles of Agile programming can help you run your family better
- Assembly: a platform that helps to co-ordinate project-based virtual teams
- Two great dice-based games: StoryCubes and Zombie Dice