Jason Snell asks John Siracusa to rule on the meaning of various words and concepts. It’s not just about robots anymore.

120

Death

Okay, time to call it. Time of death— wait, wait, everybody hold on. How do we define death?

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


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119

Life

How can we call something alive?

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


118

Ice Cream

It would seem like ice cream versus frozen yogurt would be the main debate. But the pronunciation of a third competitor completely derails us.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


117

Brunch

We discuss the names of meals and when they happen, and make an interesting(?) digression into human sleep cycles.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


116

Salad

From leafy greens to sugary Jell-O concoctions, all sorts of things are called salads.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


115

Barbecue

Continuing our confused series of episodes about food-related topics, it’s time for John and Jason to talk about Jason’s favorite food style and what happens when you put food on a grill.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


114

Smoothie

If everything can be a smoothie, then nothing is. So we try to define what makes a smoothie and acts as a bulwark against the milkshake.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


113

Art

I don’t know what it is, but I know it when I see it.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


112

Donuts

We don’t know quite what an old-fashioned donut is, but we know what we like… and what we don’t.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


111

Artificial Intelligence

What makes machine intelligence “real AI”? And what is the difference between strong and weak AI?

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


110

Anime and Kaiju

The very definition of video entertainment from Japan.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


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