G’Day World 2005-11-16

Today’s rant.

This is different. This is new. Don’t confuse this with anything that’s happened in the past. There are good reasons why citizen media is different to what’s happened before. In this rant I explain some of the reason why.

Let’s make sure we don’t screw it up through greed or short-sightedness. Let’s make sure we don’t Miramax it. Anyone interested in the future of indy media should read :
Down and Dirty Pictures : Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film

because I think there are LOTS of parallels.

G’Day World 2005-11-13

Just the Cam. Having a rant.

Ya know, for some time now I’ve missed just being able to talk to you guys about shit that’s been on my mind. Whether or not you want to hear it, I need it. G’DAY WORLD started out as my therapy and, along the way, it turned into an interview show. I think that was when Mick and I both got too busy to talk to each other.

But anyway, I need to rant and so I’ve decided to go back to doing rantcasts for a while. The interviews will still be here once or twice a week, but the other days of the week you can expect to hear me jabbering away about what’s been on my mind. Maybe Mick will even join me. And if any of you want to come on for a yarn, you are most welcome. Skype me and let me know.

Some of the things I mentioned in the show today:

Walt Mossberg on Dan Farber’s cast – a must listen. I didn’t mention it on the show, but I met both Walt and Dan at DEMO last February. Both very charming gents.

Long Tail Camp Melbourne

My “I am your nightmare” post

Sony’s DRM bullshit. Speaking of Sony, someone called Ian left a comment on Webmink’s post about Sony’s DRM disaster (which I discovered via The Gadget Show), which I thought was a classic:

Sony’s new slogan should be ‘Sony: redefining evil’.

G’Day World “On The Pod” #59 – Joshua Gliddon

Josh Gliddon is a journalist at The Bulletin magazine where he specialises in science, technology and health. In February 2005 he was the first mainstream media journalist to cover The Podcast Network.

He also writes about cars, surfing and music in his blog.

Last month in The Bulletin, Josh wrote a lengthy article on Intelligent Design and I invited him onto the show today to discuss it with me.

We also chat a little at the end about the Curta Calculator.

This episode of G’DAY WORLD is sponsored by Motorola and contains a Community Service Announcement from Tyme White (from The Microsoft Show) about Sony’s DRM debacle. It also finished with a segment I lifted from Matt, Freak and The Fatboy’s latest show where they discuss the Top Ten Best Things About Doing A Podcast That No-One Listens To. It contains nasty language and, if you are easily offended by the C-word, you probably shouldn’t listen. You should also probably get the hell over it.

You have been warned.

G’Day World: On The Pod #58 – Kevin Sladek

Kevin Sladek is one of the co-founders of VideoEgg, an innovative, venture-backed company committed to making online video posting truly easy. During the interview we chat about the vision for VideoEgg, Kevin’s guest appearance on “The West Wing”, meeting President Bill Clinton, and what it’s like being only two degrees from Marilyn Monroe.

UPDATE 2005-11-08: Sorry folks. There’s a small problem with the audio about 8 minutes into the show. I’m uploading a new version now. If you got the bad copy, you may choose to download the new one, although I’ve just edited the bad 60 seconds out. Bloody software. Thanks to Garth Kidd for bringing it to my attention!

G’Day World #57 – Ray Kurzweil

Another BIG interview today with one of my top ten list – Ray Kurzweil.

I’ve been reading Ray’s books and articles on the the future of artificial intelligence and health for years and I’m convinced he’s on the money on both subjects. If you want to get a glimpse of what is likely to happen to human civilization in the next 30 years, you need to listen to this show.

But don’t just take my word on it.

On the back of his latest book, THE SINGULARITY IS NEAR: When Humans Transcend Biology, there is this quote from Bill Gates: ”Ray Kurzweil is the best person I know at predicting the future of artificial intelligence.”

The Singularity Is Near

So who is Ray Kurzweil?

Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil was the principal developer of the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Ray has successfully founded and developed nine businesses in OCR, music synthesis, speech recognition, reading technology, virtual reality, financial investment, cybernetic art, and other areas of artificial intelligence. All of these technologies continue today as market leaders. Ray’s Web site, KurzweilAI.net, is a leading resource on artificial intelligence.

I got an enormous kick out of doing this show and I hope you enjoy it.