Theory of Everything
Enchanting By Numbers (2015 version)10/09/15
We take another look at algorithms. Tim Hwang explains how Uber’s algorithms generate phantom cars and marketplace mirages. And we revisit our conversation with Christian Sandvig who, last year asked Facebook users to explain how they imagine the...
Recent, Relevant, Random (r)
We don’t have metrics to measure what happens when we read something that changes our life. So this episode is an attempt to deal with that. We begin with writer Rob Walker who tells us about his “New Old Thing,” a regular feature he produces for...
Your host attempts to write a description for the Podcast. He seeks assistance from an old book, and the plot whisperer.
This week Christine tells us how a stuffed donutruined a Tinder date, ToE’s Chris explains Adblock Jihad and your host gets beat up by two self driving cars.
Photographer Robert Burley takes pictures of the end of analog for his book The Disappearance Of Darkness. Christine Frohnert and Christiane Paul explain why it is difficult to care for digital artworks and Social Media theorist Nathan Jurgenson wants...
1984 (the year not the book) EXPANDED VERSION
New versionwith 25% moreaudio diary! In 1984 your host was twelve years old and like George Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith, he kept a diary, for the citizens of the future. For this special installment of Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything we...
Guided By Voices (r)
Philosopher Daniel Heller-Roazen tells us the story of Pythagoras and the fifth hammer and how Kant and Kepler both tried (and failed) to record the universal harmonies Pythagoras once heard. Your host sets out to make some money doing experimental...
Instaserfs (III of III)
“This is part of the sharing economy, I am sharing myself” Our instaserfs series comes to a crushing conclusion, Hear Instapoder Andrew attempt to manserve… Plus we meet two former Uber drivers! Also this Thursday July 9th 3pm EST a live online ToE...
Instaserfs (II of III)
Instaserfs II: “Chipolte Strikes back” or “Seriously, in the sharing economy no one can hear you work” Either tagline works for our second installment in our future of work series. Andrew (ourToE instapoder) continues with his task of working for as...
Art De Vivre (II of II)
Benjamen and Mathilde continueexploring the intersection between France and China over wine. In this installment they traverse China talking withwinemakers, wine enthusiasts and drinkersto find out what the emerging middle class of China, one of the...
Art De Vivre (I of II)
The voice of the ToE episode announcer revealed!(her name is Mathilde)and she joins our host for this two part series about the intersection between France and China andwine. The story of the red obsession of Wealthy Chinese has been told many...
The Dislike Club (finale/ABC version)
In this program (which originally aired on the ABC last December) your host makes his final attempt to build the ultimate anti-social-media-social-platform. Things continue to decline: the phone in the hand becomes the phone on a stick in the hand....
New York After Rent (III of III)
Our series concludes with an attempt to examine the suburbanized commodified inner cityscape of New York. Author and activist Sarah Schulman tells us about the Gentrified Mind, plus we hear from one of the first Airbnbers of New York. PLUS a sneak...
New York After Rent (II of III)
Our series continues with a journey from Avenue B to Bushwick: Kathy Kirkpatrick tells us about the final days of her Life Cafe in the East Village and essayist Tim Kreider tells us about his exile inBushwick. Plus your host tries to make sense of the...
New York After Rent (I of III)
The financial crisis of September 2008 overshadows one of the most important events in recent New York History: the arrival of Airbnb. And while your host wasn’t paying attention back then either, today he is fed up with the commodification of every...
“G.S.” was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Bozeman, Montana many years ago. The story he told me about how bad karma brought him from Devon, England to the C.U.T. bomb shelters in Gardiner, Montana still haunts me. A few years ago we...
When You’re Lonely, Life is Very Long (rebroadcast)
After moving to New York alone, writer Olivia Laing discovered the truth about loneliness. She says itis a gift. Eric Klinenberg explains why more and more people are choosing to live alone and why cities like New York must invest in housing stock...
Occupy Siberia (dislike club prequel)
Yours truly is recuperatingfrom 2014 in France but wishing you a happy holiday. Hope you enjoyed the programming this year. The dislike club series pretty much contains everything I have ever wanted to say about social media. Been thinking about all...
Logical Fantasies (the dislike club part V)
In thepenultimate episode of our series, Kathy Sierra tells us how one tweak could fix everything andToE’s Chris tells us thesecret origin of Facebook. PLUS#marksbros (as in Zuckerberg) #marxhegel (as in Groucho) ***ALERT*** the DISLIKE CLUB Finale...
Wishful Thinking (the dislike club part IV)
In 2007 writer, programmer, and horse trainer Kathy Sierra quit the internet because of misogynist hate trolling. She stayed off the social web for 7 years but last year she came back to see what Twitter was like. She tells us why she only lasted a...
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