Nothing but GIFs, all day – Q&A #2 – Episode 124

Q&A #2

What: Our second Q&A episode, wherein we ask our friends to help us answer the the MOST INTERESTING QUESTIONS FROM THE INTERNET!
Featuring our friends: Adrian Falcone, Daniel James Barker, Fraser Cain, James Peterson, Nick Farmer

Show Notes

Question: “Could you have x-ray vision?”
Helper: Fraser Cain

X-ray vision. Cybernetic eye replacements. Wavelengths of light. The visible spectrum. Ghost in the Shell. Riddick. Light amplification. Gamma rays. Cancer avoidance.

Question: “What if numbers are wrong?
Helper: Adrian Falcone

Math. Numbers. Logic. Ted Chiang’s short story “Divide by Zero” was in the collection Stories of Your Life and Others. Adrian mentioned Faith Physics.

Question: “What if black holes didn’t exist?
Helper: Daniel James Barker

Physics! Black holes. Neutron stars. Gravity. Collapse.

Question: How long before all the gasoline spoils in the zombie apocalypse?
Helper: James Peterson

The eternally-unanswered concern that zombie shows ignore always. How long after the zombie apocalypse before all the gas is spoiled? Chemical engineers vs chemists. Oxidation. Inert gas vapor displacement.

Question: Could there be a Star Trek-style universal translator?
Helper: Nick Farmer

Please also see our Arrival episode with Nick for a ton more on alien languages. Machine learning. Man vs machine. Man vs alien languages. Universality of language. GIF communication.

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