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It's been almost a month to the day, but I've finally got around to watching that Seth Rogan podcast with Neil deGrasse Tyson. And as promised--my thoughts regarding "the level of snark".
I'm guessing you're used to watching him on his Star Talk TV show and not the podcast by the same name...and I'm guessing the TV show on National Geographic gets a lot more editing than the podcast. Because I haven't really seen anything surprising on the podcast (Seth Rogan's, that is)--I thought it was all par for the course.
If someone disagrees with him, or he asks a question and he's not satisfied with the answer, or he's being asked a question that he feels is worded in such a way that he feels he's being cornered...he's not afraid to make his stand, and won't put up with things hosts on mainstream shows might ask or say to him. If he goes on the defensive, or even on the offensive, he'll tell the other person exactly why. I like that a lot, and I think this is when he's the most interesting. A lot of interviewers/interviewees avoid that.
Honestly, I mostly know him from the old Daily Show (miss you Jon!) and from podcasts. I had never seen him act that passive-aggressively before this interview. I likely would have thought less of him from the outset if I had.
"Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by stupidity."
- Hanlon's Razor
As I wrote...NdGT seems to not be afraid to confront anyone to make a point, and you just don't see that anymore in interviews. I remember him getting on Bill Maher's show once or twice, and him getting seemingly downright angry.
On a side note, one sentence stood out for me "And he can control each of the arms, manoeuvring them in three-dimensional space"
In what other dimension would he move his arm?
Unless the exoskeleton crushed his arm and it's now 2D
Or they've added a fourth and the arms (and only the arms) can now time travel
not knocking it as a good thing,
not saying it's easy
the signal reading equipment is way more sensitive and complicated but at the end of the day the concept is the same as training alexa to replace your remote controls, or teach a dog to sit on command.
so yeah, it reads your mind but not in a way that it understands, more it knows a certain set of signals means up, another set down.
And btw, alexa can still be a bit flaky,
OTOH some dogs are pretty good - can put up with the master having a sore throat or giving commands in different moods.
so yes they can develop this stuff to help people - some really benefit from it in very good ways,
but apart from not having to clean up poo they still havn't come close to the capabilities of a domesticated pet. still looking in the wrong place.