Zero Squared #138: Robot Love

This episode of the Zero Books podcast is a conversation with the Alfie Bown. Alfie is the author of the Zero Books title Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism and he recently penned an essay for the Paris Review entitled The Screen of Enamoration: Love in the Age of Google. In this episode we discuss Tinder, AI, augmented reality, and robot love.

We’ve moved the Inside Zero Books podcast from the Zero Books blog to Patreon. This will make it easier to get the member’s only podcast on podcatchers. It also means that we’ll be repeating the first year of Inside Zero Books daily on our Patreon account. If you missed Inside Zero Books podcast the first time, or if you just want to hear the old episodes again, they’ll be available. In fact, I’ll be posting an old episode right after I release this podcast. The next rerun will be from November of 2016. It’s entitled Inside Zero Books #11: Moral Panics and features a conversation with Ashley Frawley.

If you haven’t already you might pick up Anselm Jappe’s The Writing on the Wall or Stuart Walton’s Neglected or Misunderstood: Introducing Theodor Adorno. Reading Angela Nagle’s Kill All Normies would be a great way to bring in the New Year. And the anthology Punk Is Dead is another terrific title from Zero Books.

Diet Soap Podcast #157: Real Abstract Robots?

The guest this week is Brendan Cooney and we discuss his Law of Value youtube video series (I play the soundtrack for his second video), and discuss real abstractions as explained in Marx’s bestselling book Capital. We start off discussing whether Data from the television show Star Trek the Next Generation would generate value if he time traveled to this current Capitalist economy.

I am still planning on canceling the Podomatic feed for Diet Soap and moving the podcast to douglaslain.com. If you subscribe to podcast through podomatic you’ll need to change over to the new feed by the end of the month, that means that the next podcast will be the last podcast on the podomatic website. In that episode I’ll try to explain just how to find the Diet Soap RSS feed from Blubrry. When I make the switch I’m also going to restart the Diet Soap philosophy workshop and that workshop will continue weekly, or at least it will be a part of every episode. That means that while I’ll continue on discussing Hegel once a month, I’ve decided to expand the workshop to a weekly format. After each Diet Soap episode subscribers to the podcast will get a chance to participate in a conversation about that episode. So, yes, there will be regular Hegel episodes, but subscribers will also get a chance to discuss all the different subjects that we cover or bring up their own ideas. Finally, I am also going to start a monthly podcast with C. Derick Varn called Pop the Left. We’ll take a critical look at the politics of the Left from a Leftist perspective and, at first, that’ll be hosted through the same RSS feed as Diet Soap, but if a few more people donate or subscribe I’ll start a second feed for Pop the Left on its own. So, you can help me start a new podcast by donating today.

Diet Soap Podcast #156: Karl Marx and the Robots

There are two guests this week: the University Student Zanda Knight and my son Benjamin Lain. We talk about Karl Marx’s Capital and try to answer the question “Why can’t a robot make value?” We discuss Data, Cherry 2000, and Marx’s notion of abstract labor time and exchange value. After this conversation you’ll hear the soundtrack for Brendan Cooney’s latest video from his Law of Value series. Brendan Cooney will be the guest next week.

Couple of announcements. First, I’m going to cancel the Podomatic feed for Diet Soap. Instead I’ll be hosting Diet Soap at douglaslain.com and using Blubrry. If you subscribe to podcast through Podomatic you’ll need to change over to the new feed by the end of the month and I’ll be posting instructions and talking about how to do that in the weeks to come.

Second, I’m going to restart the Diet Soap Philosophy Workshop and add a new twist. While we’ll continue on discussing Hegel once a month, I’ve decided to open expand the workshop to a weekly format. That is, after each Diet Soap episode subscribers to the podcast will get a chance to participate in a conversation about it. So, yes, once a month there will be a Hegel episode, but subscribers will also get a chance to discuss all the different subjects that we cover or bring up their own ideas. The people at the Partially Examined Life are doing something similar for each of their podcasts and I thought it would be a good idea for Diet Soap. Finally, this month is when I’ll be starting a second podcast with C. Derick Varn called Pop the Left. That’ll be a monthly podcast that takes a critical look at the politics of the Left from a Leftist perspective.

You’ve probably noticed that Diet Soap has slipped into a biweekly schedule. I will be rectifying that and returning to a regular weekly schedule this month. Diet Soap should come out on Thursday, every Thursday.

I should also mention that I’ve started blogging for the Partially Examined Life, and that I’m continuing to blog for the Right Where You’re Sitting Now site and for Tor.com. I hope to include collaged readings of those blog entries in future episodes.