Yep. Me, too. Episode 602 gets error 404, "file not found." I listened to the regular version instead. I don't mind the ads. I subscribe to support the show, not just to get the ad-free version.
Comments on the show:
I think it was Steve who jokingly asked Cara if she got her dog's genes tested to see if she was related to her dog. Cara is most definitely related to her dog. We are all related to Cara's dog. I mean, we share 50% of our genes with a mushroom, for crissakes.
On the predictions from Microsoft: I think we will have technologies to do a lot of that stuff, and they may involve very big expert systems operating on very fast computers, but I don't think they'll be anything a reasonable person would call "intelligent." I think that in a decade the mainstream will have recognized that true artificial intelligence is beyond our grasp and will have settled for better expert systems.
There was a comment that something was "ten times fewer" or "ten times less" than something else. That's, IMO, very poor choice of words. I think what was meant was that it would be one tenth as much. When you mean one tenth, don't say "ten times fewer." That construction is just abysmally awkward.
On climate change: The problem, and I've said this before, is that the people in position to make the decisions have a very short time horizon. A 70-year-old man is just not likely to want to spend money now to avert a disaster in 20 years. You invest money when you're young, to have when you're old. When you're old you spend your savings to enjoy your retirement. Obviously, not everyone is callous about the future, but by and large a government of rich old men is not going to want to spend money on a problem they perceive as hitting after they're dead. Especially when they make bucketloads of money contributing to the problem.
I got SoF wrong. I thought that if we did stop putting CO2 into the atmosphere, the warming would level off and stop worsening in a decade or a few decades.