FiST Chat: Film, Science and Technology News

By Small Wave Films

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Join Steve and Ben as they engage in insightful discussions, retrospectives and arguments in the fields of film, science and technology. Hosted by Scientist-Filmmaker Stephan Kern and Filmmaker-Web Content Developer Ben Warner.
23 episodes · since Feb, 2014
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Aug. 21, 2014
After 178 episodes spanning more than three and a half years, FiST Chat is now officially wrapped in this final episode. Or is it? Steve and Ben discuss the entire FiST Chat experience, from its humble and technically difficult beginnings, to the show that has now run its course and the move to their new platform, SciTech Culture where the guys plan to expand on the content they have been producing to include serialised fiction, more varied blogs and articles, photography, social media interactions and of course, a new format for their discussions in science and technology. Stay tuned for more on SciTech Culture.
Aug. 19, 2014
Most of us over the age of 10 would have grown up laughing to Robin Williams in one form or another. The news of his tragic passing has sent shockwaves not only through Hollywood but throughout the world. The comedian who could make everyone laugh except himself was treasured by many for his rapid fire, quick-witted comedy and will be missed. Steve and Ben discuss Williams’ imprint on the world. The guys also discuss the science of meat production, and the explosion in Health Tracking apps and technologies that are only set to become more pervasive in the coming decade. Is it a good thing, or is Skynet stealthily approaching?
Aug. 12, 2014
Sitting or standing? Standing or sitting? This argument has become contentious when addressing ergonomic considerations in an office environment. Can a standing desk provide better comfort for workers, or is there more to consider, including exercises and movement during the day? Steve and Ben discuss the science of standing desks, along with the following topics: Martin Scorsese knows why film is worth saving in a digital world, Impossible Space Engine May Actually Work according to NASA, and Australians Are Claiming A World-First Technology Breakthrough In Using Graphene For Micro Devices.
July 29, 2014
Advances in technology over the last decade have endangered a whole range of jobs in various sectors. Whether it be the decline in paper mail deliveries, manual labour in factory work, meter readers, printing workers or farmers, a number of old-style 20th century jobs are now on the decline, with the potential for them to either morph in to the new jobs or disappear entirely. Steve and Ben discuss the most endangered jobs of 2014 and the knock on effects on society.
July 22, 2014
Apple and IBM have seemingly out of the blue announced a surprising partnership which will see Apple’s device utilise IBM’s resources to gain further mileage in the corporate and enterprise markets. They may be oil and water but Apple and IBM may just make this work. And in the film world, Time Warner rejects Fox’s take-over offer. Is this Rupert Murdoch’s only chance to nab more of the global media market, or will he have another go? Steve and Ben discuss these stories as well as the potential take-over in the science field of Pfizer over AstraZaneca in the UK.
July 16, 2014
It’s that time of the year again as Steve and Ben go through some of the notable sci-fi films of the year. Making the list this year are Godzilla, Edge of Tomorrow, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: Days Of Future Past and Interstellar, all very well made (or potentially well made) films from Hollywood in 2014. Steve and Ben also discuss the news stories: Kevin Smith talks "Star Wars Ep 7" set visit, the secret to keeping flowers young, and Can your face reveal how long you'll live? New technology may provide the answer.
July 9, 2014
Today’s films are not given the chance to make an imprint on the minds of their intended audiences, largely thanks to a release cycle engineered by Hollywood to ensure maximum returns on the opening weekend. By the second weekend, films are by and large forgotten unless there is no competition for the number one spot. This is a far cry from the Hollywood of even 15 years ago which allowed films to stay in the cinema for at least six months, and by doing so, making an impact on the culture. Steve and Ben discuss this turn of events in the film industry, and how film’s cultural impact may have now passed us by forever. Steve and Ben also discuss in their news bites: James Franco and Seth Rogen's new Kim Jong-un assassination film 'The Interview' slammed by North Korean spokesman, Time travel has been simulated by Australian physicists, Will the Supreme Court ever figure out technology?
July 2, 2014
Amazon and Google recently made some announcements around what they’re working on and releasing this year. Amazon released the perplexing Fire Phone, it’s first offering in the smartphone market. With the smartphone market dominated by Apple and Google products, does Amazon have a realistic chance with the Fire Phone? And does it make sense given their primary business is digital content, which suits their Kindle Fire tablet range more? And with Google I/O 2014, the company made some interesting announcements around Android, wearables, TV and car technologies. Steve and Ben discuss these announcements as well as a fascinating new technology story about a new brain chip that has successfully allowed a quadriplegic man to move his hand.
June 24, 2014
The mysterious and tragic disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 has led to calls for improvements in radar tracking and detection of aircraft during flights. Italian researchers are currently working on a new radar system employing lasers, or put another way, photonic radar. The lasers would bounce off airplanes, allowing for a greater accuracy in tracking where traditional radar comes up short, particularly in black zones over vast stretches of ocean. Steve and Ben discuss the potential of photonic radars and how they could help prevent flight disappearances in the future. Steve and Ben also discuss digital realities that confront Chinese film dreams, continental movement may be speeding up, and France get first World Cup technology goal.
June 17, 2014
An Australian science researcher has recently claimed that anti-ageing treatments, possibly involving a pill, may be available for public use within the next 20 years. Encouraging tests with mice have shown experimental treatments either stopping or reverting the ageing process. This could potentially lead people to live very healthy and productive lives for much longer than anticipated now. Imagine playing tennis well in to your 90s! Steve and Ben discuss the anti-ageing research and what it could potentially mean for society. Steve and Ben discuss the film critic who responds to outrage over linking Seth Rogen with Elliot Rodger, Aussie science program The Curiosity Show makes a comeback after 24 years, and unbelievable display technology uses levitating particles as pixels.

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