Sci-fi

Ep 88- Picardian Ethics

Who has agency in Picard? Is Seven finally getting to define her own life, on her terms? Did the Romulans have a point, and why did Picard give up on the rescue and on the Federation?

This week, Matthew is joined by two of his podcasting inspirations, Matthew Carroll and David C Roberson to discuss season 1 of Star Trek Picard.

David C. Roberson is a life-long tv/film/book geek who likes to podcast and pursue various artistic endeavors. He’s the co-host of DC on SCREEN, dconscreen.com, Star Trek Universe Podcast, startrekucast.com, and Breaking Bond, breakingbondcast.com. You can follow his artwork on instagram @drawingwithdave, his photography @dcrphotographer, and his video work at maladjusted.tv. He tweets @davidcroberson
Matthew Carroll is a podcaster and musician, whose Marvel Cinematic Universe Podcast helped launch a wide range of genre media casts, all of which are part of the Stranded Panda Podcast Network. His other podcasts include the Star Trek Universe Podcast, the Orville Universe Podcast, Bingers Assemble, and Who Watched the Watchmen, all of which can be found on Itunes, Stitcher, or wherever you find podcasts. All of his podcasts and music can be found at Strandedpanda.Com

We talked about the gun-control episode of Arrow as an example of the wrong way to deal with difficult issues- here is the essay I mentioned that I wrote about it- https://superheroethics.wordpress.com/2017/02/23/the-arrow-that-missed-the-gun-control-episode-that-said-nothing/

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This podcast is proud to be a member of the Stranded Panda Podcast Network. Check it out to find a number of other great geek properties, including others co-hosted by Matthew.

With Matthew
The Orville Universe Podcast
Superhero Ethics Podcast
Bingers Assemble – Where Matthew is currently doing a 3 times a week watch of Altered Carbon

And some of the other great Stranded Panda podcasts include:

Marvel Cinematic Universe Podcast
DC on Screen
Star Trek Universe Podcast
Who Watched the Watchmen

Lastly, you probably heard some great music at the start and the end of our podcast. That music comes from the deeply talented Jack Hesse.. You can follow him on Twitter at Jack_608, https://twitter.com/jack_608

Ep 87 – The Ethics of AI

 

This week, we’re joined by returning guest Rob McKenzie, and first time guest Dan McCreary to talk about the ethics of Artificial Intelligence. What is AI, and what do we mean by concepts like sentience? Why does so much sci-fi assume AI will be our enemy? And what is the moral value of robotic life?

Rob McKenzie is a science fiction and fantasy reader and Magic the Gathering judge from Minnesota. He is passionate about interesting books, running great gaming events, and helping other people have fun with their passions.

Dan McCreary has working with AI in professional and hobby settings for many years. He is one of the co-founders of the AI Racing League, MN, which brings Artificial Intelligence education to underserved and underprivileged schools by teaching kids how to build and race model cars controlled by AI.

The movie mentioned by Dan was, Colossus, the Forbin project – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064177/

Matthew’s podcasting on Altered Carbon can be found here – https://www.spreaker.com/show/bingers-assemble
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Ep 86 – The Ethics of Q

Steve Peterman is back to discuss Q, from Star Trek. Does Q fit the mold of a Trickster God? Do the Q have, or need a prime directive? And what happens when immortal, all powerful, beings, get bored?

 

You can find a full list of Star Trek episodes with Q in them here- https://www.imdb.com/list/ls047709394/

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Ep 47- Ready Podcast One

ArtyWhat is the responsibility of a filmmaker to stay true to a book? What is the problem with ‘girl as prize’ romance plot lines? And is it possible Jacob and Matthew enjoyed the movie of a book they are so critical of?

This week, Jacob and Matthew throw down their quarters for a two player, two part, deep dive. They start out talking about the book and their hopes and concerns about the movie, then hit pause, watch the movie, and finish recording the podcast that same night! We dove into a number of issues, taking as comprehensive and well ordered approach to the work as anyone can at 11pm.

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Ep 41: Orvillian Ethics

OrvilleWhat happens when social media and public opinion rule the world? How does an all-male species react to the birth of female child? And can Seth McFarland leave behind the problems of much of his earlier writing.

Like the Star Trek shows it pays homage to, The Orville uses science fiction to hold a mirror to our own world. Matthew and Jacob explore this show, the questions it raises, and some of their concerns about it.

 

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The Problems with Telepathy: Babylon 5 & the Psi Corps

Psi CorpsBabylon 5 is more than 20 years old, but it still raises great questions about telepathy, fear, and the ways we treat the “other.” In this episode, guest Jacob Milicic joins the cast for a discussion of Babylon 5 and the Psi Corp – an organization of telepaths that started as an attempt to limit and control telepaths, and instead becomes one of the most powerful groups in the B5 universe.

 

 

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Jacob Milicic may or may not be a sentient landfaring cross between a porpoise and a sponge. He has two hands and a face.

Check out his writings about Magic the Gathering, his article on compassionate coaching, and the Magic Judge of the Week Program.

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