This week Sara and I talk to writer Amy Donahue about the way that social media shapes our relationships.
Download and Show Notes: Mindful Cyborgs: High Fidelity Connections and Social Media with Amy Donahue
I was out this week, but Sara and Chris talk to consciousness hacker and robotics engineer Mikey Siegel in this episode.
Download and Show Notes: Mindful Cyborgs: Consciousness Hacking With Friends and Mikey Siegel
Also: I forgot to post last week’s episode, where Sara, Chris and I continue to catch-up after Chris’s retreat.
This week, Sara and I interview Chris about his experience at a week long silent meditation retreat.
Download and Show Notes: Mindful Cyborgs: Path of the Mindful Cyborg, Mett? of Data
Chris has also written a reflection on his time at the retreat:
There were no gadgets, no devices, no sensors, no talking, no books, pens, paper and no looking at each other.
All vegan meals.
Hours of meditation.
It was life altering.
Coming back “online”, I notice that so much of our world is suffering, as I often say in my talks.
This week Damien Williams — aka Wolven — joined me to talk about pop culture portrayals of human enhancement and artificial intelligence and why we need to craft more nuanced narratives to explore these topics. Damien has been exploring the subject extensively at A Future Worth Thinking About.
Tune in next week to hear Damien talk about how AI and transhumanism intersects with magic and the occult.
Download and Show Notes: Mindful Cyborgs: Mindful Cyborgs: A Positive Vision of Transhumanism and AI with Damien Williams
This week on Mindful Cyborgs we talk with former Harper’s editor and hobbyist programmer Paul Ford about AnxietyBox, a tool he built to help manage his own anxiety.
Download and Show Notes: Mindful Cyborgs: AnxietyBox, Alerts, and Attention with Paul Ford, Part 1
Plus, I’m behind on our releases. It turns out the second part of our interview with Eleanor Saitta, in which we do a deeper dive on Nordic Larp, has been up for a couple weeks:
Latest Mindful Cyborgs:
Eleanor Saitta works professionally as a computer security expert, but more generally she “looks at how systems break” – computer, social, infrastructural, legal, and more. She comes on the show today to share a unique perspective on surveillance / security culture that we have found ourselves enmeshed in. Don’t miss this one (or part 2!).
Download and Show Notes: Mindful Cyborgs: Data-driven Introspection and Surveillance Culture with Eleanor Saitta
In this episode, a conversation about our concerns about where technology takes us back to issues raised in some of the earliest episodes as we talk about the duality of “online” and “offline” and whether our concerns are rooted in technology or society. Also, perhaps a little late, a conversation about why Google Glass was such a bomb.
Download and Show Notes: Mindful Cyborgs: Cyborgian Promise, Cyborgian Perils
This week we talk about the weirdness of being on TV, the early history of the internet, and coping mechanisms for depression. This one gets really personal. Probably our most intense episode yet.
Download and Show Notest: Mindful Cyborgs: Dark Nights and the Ghosts of Tech’s Past
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