PCMag - The Convo with Evan Dashevsky
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The Convo is a interview series hosted by PC Magazine features editor Evan Dashevsky (@haldash; facebook.com/EvanDashevskyStuff). We invite the most interesting thinkers and doers in science, technology, and geekdom to talk about the big trends affecting the world. Past guests have included astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, video game pioneer Richard Garriott, NASA deputy administrator Dava Newman, World War Z author Max Brooks, former astronaut Mike Massimino, Mr. Robot writer/producer Kor Adana, and adult video entrepreneur Joanna Angel, just to name a few. Each episode streams live on PCMag's Facebook page where live viewers can ask questions to guests in the comments. Episodes can also be viewed on our YouTube page or downloaded for free as a podcast (available on iTunes or wherever fine podcasts are sold).
||Cleanpundit FAREED ZAKARIA on the collusion of technology and politics||The brilliant Fareed Zakaria (bestselling author, Washington Post columnist, and host of CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS") stopped by our offices for a wide-ranging Convo about politics and other global forces are affected by technology. If you are at all...||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanfuturist comedian' BARATUNDE THURSTON on the promise and peril of technology||You may know Baratunde for his NYT-bestselling book "How to Be Black," for his work as director of digital for The Onion, his time as a digital producer for "The Daily Show," his column over at "Fast Company," or many many many appearances on various...||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanastronaut SCOTT PARAZYNSKI on the future of space||Former NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski (with five missions under his belt) has done A LOT. He's climbed to the summit of Mount Everest (the first person to make it there and into space), competed as an Olympic-level luger, and started his own...||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBILL NYE!||Bill Nye, America's science guy stopped by our offices to talk about how nerds created the modern world, keep it running, and will probably be the ones to save it from itself. Check out this wide-ranging conversation about the environment, space, and...||7/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPCMag senior analyst JEFF WILSON on the future of eSports||PCMag's own Jeff Wilson stopped by the Convo to talk about his fantastic digital cover story "How I learned to Stop Hating and Love eSports" about the multi-billion dollar global phenomenon that is competitive video gaming. PCMag.com is your ultimate...||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanfunctional apparel designer DANI RYAN talks about the future of soft robotic exosuits||We had a great Convo with functional apparel designer Dani Ryan about her work with Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Her team has partnered with DARPA to create a soft-robotic exosuit designed to augment human..||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOrange Is The New Black's JESSICA PIMENTEL on acting, tech, and metal||Actress Jessica Pimentel ("Maria Ruiz" on Netflix' Orange Is the new Black) stopped by PCMag's offices to talk about the phenomenon that is OITNB, her secret techy past, and her heavy metal extracurricular (also, we spend some time hating on Apple)....||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"anti-disciplinary" artist, ANI LIU wants to combine art and emerging technologies||Ani Liu is a recent graduate from MIT's real-life magic factory better known as "The Media Lab." There, she has created some very cool, weird, fascinating projects that combine elements from VR, brain-machine interfaces, genetics, and botany. She came..||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYear Million executive producer DAVE O'CONNOR on predicting the crazy, scary, weird future||Year Million is a new series on NatGeo which uses elements of science fiction and actual science to attempt to predict how technology will affect our species one hundred, one thousand, and even one million years in the future. Using modern...||6/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanadventure cameraman PAUL "MUNGO" MUNGEAM on hunting real-life monsters in the wild||If you don't know him, Paul is the longtime cameraman for Bear Grylls, but he has stepped in front of the camera for a new show on Animal Planet, "Expedition Mungo." In his new series, Paul travels around the world (often into remote and dangerous...||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanauthor CHUCK KLOSTERMAN on how tech reinvents culture and humanity||Writer, essayist, and author of multiple bestselling books (Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs; But What if We're Wrong?; Fargo Rock City) stopped by PCMag's offices to have a couple of beers, talk about his latest book, and discuss everything from tech's...||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanactress MAYIM BIALIK of The Big Bang Theory talks about being a scientist on (and off) camera||The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik doesn't just play a scientist on TV, she has an actual PhD in neuroscience which she earned after her stint on the hit 90s show, Blossom. She stopped by our studios to talk about her new book Girling Up, which makes...||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanactivist, pundit VAN JONES talks about making Silicon Valley more diverse||CNN commentator, former Obama administration "Green Jobs" advisor, and founder of Dream Corps, Van Jones stopped by the offices to talk about his #YesWeCode initiative to make the tech industry more diverse. This was an AMAZING interview that veered...||4/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCraigslist founder CRAIG NEWMARK wants to save journalism||Craigslist founder Craig Newmark has partnered with Facebook and the CUNY school of journalism to spearhead the "News Integrity Initiate" to help news consumers make informed judgments about the news they read and share. In other words, Craig wants to..||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanauthor DR. AMY HASINOFF on making sexting safer||We talked to Dr. Amy Hasinoff, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Denver and author of the book Sexting Panic about America's favorite pastime: SEXTING! The polls show that not only are a clear majority of young people (sexually...||4/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanauthor JAMIE LENDINO on the impact Atari computers had on the world||We spoke with ExtremeTech editor-in-chief Jamie Lendino about his new book: _Breakout: How Atari 8-Bit Computers Defined a Generation_, which details the rise, impact, and fall of Atari 8-bit computers. Atari computers weren't the first home PCs nor...||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVP of Software Research at General Electric, DR. COLIN PARRIS on building a real Skynet||Skynet Is Actually Real (But Hopefully Won't Try to Destroy Us) In this episode of The Convo, we speak with Dr. Colin Parris, VP of General Electric's software research division. We talk about the cutting edge of AI, the invisible force that literally..||3/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMr. Robot Writer / Producer KOR ADANA (From the Archives)||We talked with Kor Adana, one of the writers on the show _Mr. Robot_, who helps give the show some technological realism. Kor's real life actually somewhat mirrors the show's fictional protagonist, Elliot. He was a teenage hacker who got in trouble...||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAEI fellow, CNBC correspondent, JAMES PETHOKOUKIS||We had a fascinating conversation with tech/economy/politics writer, James Pethokoukis about how robots and algorithms are (probably) going to replace the need for a human workforce (at some point). We dig into the weeds about what possible solutions...||2/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTED Talk "all-star," JUAN ENRIQUEZ||This was a fascinating talk about human evolution, past and FUTURE. Enriquez details, among other things how humans actually have four genomes; why the obesity problem has spread to wild birds;why autism may be a symptom of the IT economy; why blue...||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDirector of Columbia University's Creative Machines Lab, DR. HOD LIPSON||The Creative Machines Lab's goal is to create robots that are self-aware, self-replicating, and creative. We speak with the program's director, Dr. Hod Lipson about his work creating robots that can learn on their own, evolve over time without any...||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdult Video Entrepreneur JOANNA ANGEL (From the Archives)||We talked to adult video entrepreneur and all-around badass Joanna Angel about how content makers can survive in the digital age.||2/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobot ethicist DR. KATE DARLING||MIT Media Lab researcher Dr. Kate Darling stopped by the studio with her dino-bot (Mr. Spaghetti) to talk about the ethics of how new robot friends, what rights robots have, and what are the ethics surrounding sex bots. Plus, watch as Mr. Spaghetti...||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHank T. Greely||We spoke with Stanford Law professor Henry T. Greely about his new book The End of Sex, which predicts the end of procreational sex and the rise of designer babies in as early as 20 years.||2/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDava Newman||We spoke with NASA deputy administrator Dava Newman about how humans will get to Mars.||2/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRichard Garriott (AKA "Lord British")||Richard Garriott (AKA "Lord British:"), the video game pioneer behind the Ultima series reflects on the industry he helped create and his many non-game adventures including his time as a private space tourist who spent two weeks orbiting the Earth. We..||2/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNeil deGrasse Tyson||The world's favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson stopped by for a super-sized Convo to talk about science, politics, education, his Twitter beef with the rapper B.O.B., if there will be another season of Cosmos, the multiverse (and "the...||2/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSean Carroll||We talked with theoretical physicist Sean Carroll about his fascinating non-fiction book The Big Picture, the meaning of life, and how the universe works at its most fundamental level. You know, the little things.||2/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMike Massimino||Former astronaut Mike Massimino dropped by our studios to talk about his new memoir, Spaceman, as well as what it's like to actually travel to space and work there (including all the gross and painful stuff you don't hear about).||2/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichael Shermer||We talked with author (The Moral Arc, among others) and founder of The Skeptics Society, Michael Shermer about immortality, UFOs, and how technology has made us the most moral society in history.||2/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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