InterTREKtional: Picard

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Good Morning, Plastic People Episode Notes

February 4, 2020

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We are shipping these doctors and no one can stop us.

Robots have to work on a holiday, and honestly that's kind of BS. Picard argues with his Romulan housemates, his doctor, and Star Fleet, but still doesn't step foot in a ship. Soji hooks up with Dr. F*ckboy and helps cute new trill Dr. Naáshala Kunamadéstifee fasten her belt. Not all Romulans are spies, but there are a lot of Romulan spies. Dr. Agnes Jurati drinks Earl Grey. Hot. Spoilers abound. 

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Commodore Romulan Spy


Woman in Motion

Becca went to see Woman in Motion, about Nichelle Nichols. Check out their website to learn more about this documentary.

In 1977, with just four months left, NASA struggles to recruit scientists, engineers and astronauts for their new Space Shuttle Program. That is when Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek’s Lt. Uhura, challenges them by asking the question: Where are my people?.  She embarks on a national blitz, recruiting 8,000 of the nation’s best and brightest, including the trailblazing astronauts who became the first African American, Asian and Latino men and women to fly in space.

Where in France is Chateau Picard? It is filmed in a number of locations in California. You can now buy the wine, but honestly I read that piece twice and I am still not sure where this wine is from.

Sci Fi Burlesque 

Becca also saw The Hubba Hubba Review perform a sci fi set complete with Commander Riker. We’ll post the video on our Instagram, or you could follow their Instagram, or go see them personally at the DNA Lounge.

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A lot of people work on Labor Day. 

Ten people who work on labor day via Fox Business

Lots of people work on Labor Day, with data, and history, via Business News Daily

Dr. Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail.

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Be nice to Siri and Alexa or the may not be nice to you. Just kidding. But seriously, Should you say 'please' and 'thank you' to virtual assistants? via The Verge.

We mention "Brothers" from TNG, when Data and Lore go visit their dad, Dr. Noonian Soong, just before his death. 

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From last week:

Last week we did a fair amount of kvetching about fear of robots and the singularity, and I (Ryan) forgot to make citations.

Roko’s Basilisk is the thought experiment that presupposes that an artificial super intelligence will take over the world and punish those who knew about them and didn’t help bring them into existence. You are all doomed now. We don’t feel guilty, because this idea is dumb. (Although, please, someone make this movie, it sounds like fun to watch). It is basically Pascal’s Wager, which is kind of about believing in God just in case, and honestly makes a tiny bit more sense, but we could be wrong.

Forbes seems to think the singularity is near, while roboticist Rodney Brooks thinks the tech bros are overreacting.

 

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More on Captain Grumpy Pigtails next week, we hope.