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Photo Synthesis

Google's Auto Awesome will take the best areas of slightly different photographs and combine them into one new, never-quite-was best version.  A new article suggests that this kind of artful interpretation of history may prove problematic when AI determines what parts of photos are important.  Anthony argues that no photograph is a true depiction, while Jeff wonders if we will ever remember something accurately again.

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Direct download: whc-041-photosynthesis.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT

Saturday Mourning

Saturday morning cartoons are no more! And Jeff has decided that this means something really bad for today's youth - but Anthony is certain that it's a good thing, and that Jeff is just a cranky old man yelling at the winds of change.  Does on-demand mean no more shared cultural experience? And where does this leave Capt Crunch in his battle against the soggies?

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Anthony on Twitter: http://twitter.com/acarboni
 
 
Direct download: whc-040-saturdaymourning.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT

Pet Smart

Anthony has been reading about Chaser, the wonder dog who has learned over 1,000 different words, which makes him wonder how smart Jeff believes canines to be.  Is obedience less intelligent than independence? Is there a bias in measuring intelligence in non-human creatures?

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Article: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-smart-is-your-dog-60-minutes/

Direct download: whc-039-petsmart.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT

Go Go Gadget Soul!
Shipyard workers in South Korea have been using Exo Suits to assist them in loading and unloading scrap metal, and Jeff and Anthony desperately want to try it out. But why stop there? Why not replace human limbs with robot ones? How far would they go in selling off their humanity to be able to punch down a wall? The answer may surprise you.
 
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Jeff on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jeffcannata
Anthony on Twitter: http://twitter.com/acarboni
 
Direct download: whc-038-gogogadgetsoul.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT

An article by Kevin Ashton proposes that saying "no" to things is vital to the creative process.  Anthony and Jeff wonder why they have such a hard time saying "no" and what that might mean about them. 
 
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Category:comedy -- posted at: 9:46pm PDT

A new article suggests that the Oculus VR headset may be the first step to allowing people to truly experience what it is like to live a different kind of life. This could allow designers to create "empathy engines" whereby users may come to feel emotion for their fellow man in a virtual space.  Anthony and Jeff think this is a great idea, especially if causes douchey diners to tip their wait staff.
 
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The Machine to Be Another: http://www.themachinetobeanother.org/
Direct download: whc-036-virtualempathy.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT

These Hugs Ain't Free
A woman in Oregon has opened a cuddle service for those looking for a bit of personal contact, but definitely no sexy stuff. Anthony works through his own issues with touching, Jeff determines the fair market value of intimacy, and everybody wonders what to do at a pheromone party.
 
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Jeff on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jeffcannata
Anthony on Twitter: http://twitter.com/acarboni

 
Article submitted by @justcallmedjm
Direct download: whc-035-thesehugsaintfree.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 12:18am PDT

Sleep Working
Researchers in Paris recently proved that the brain can continue to classify words into categories even after it has gone to sleep, causing Jeff and Anthony to wonder what scientists do to make their test subjects fall asleep during an experiment, and how this kind of non-stop brain activity might be harnessed by corporate America.
 
We Have Concerns is entirely listener funded and there's extra content for those that contribute. Find out more: http://patreon.com/wehaveconcerns
 
Hey! If you're enjoying the show, please take a moment to rate/review it on whatever service you use to listen. Here's the iTunes link: http://bit.ly/wehaveconcerns
 
Anthony on Twitter: http://twitter.com/acarboni
 
Direct download: whc-034-sleepworking.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT

A new article about the phenomenon of "phantom" phone notifications - those strange moments when you senses a vibration from your cell phone that didn't actually happen - has Jeff ranting on the crazy thoughts that such sensations evoke, and Anthony hearing voices.  Is technology making us crazy, or have alerts been messing with the human mind since the beginning of time?

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Anthony on Twitter: http://twitter.com/acarboni
Jeff on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jeffcannata

Article: http://boingboing.net/2014/08/22/feeling-the-buzz-the-weird-tr.html

Direct download: whc-033-phantomphonemenace.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

In an attempt to better understand pop music, Dr. Lior Shamir created an algorithm that can correctly identify and track the Beatles artistic output over the evolution of their career.  Now, the same technology is being used to predict whether songs, movies, and other entertainment will be popular, and could even replace creators altogether. Jeff is worried that an equation will never have the soul required to create true beauty, while Anthony is convinced all art can be reduced to math.  
 
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Anthony on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/acarboni
 
Direct download: whc-032-algorithmisadancer.mp3
Category:comedy -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT