Not Daily Podcast



Two weird friends bring their perspectives on questions ranging from philosophy to technology or pop culture.


  • What does a modern pantheon look like?

    16/05/2021 Duración: 41min

    The premise of the episode is simple: is there anything in our current life that could be considered as the evolution of the rich pantheons and mythologies that the greek and roman people had. We expected to fight about who to include or not, but the discussion actually went straight to “What is a god actually?” and we revisit how pantheons evolved from polytheism, to monotheism, to humanism to end up with cult of personality or companies (dare I say capitalism?). In a second time, we dove into other conceptualizations of the question, seeing gods as shared cultural symbols/values, or in a functional way as object of worship. All things considered, it feels like we’re just scratching the surface, so please help us and tell us what you think is the pantheon of current times! --- Join us on: @NotDailyPodcast

  • Conversations: Let me tell you about Homestuck^2

    19/04/2021 Duración: 35min

    This is our second episode of conversations, and we start by explaining the why and how of this change, before following up on previous episodes: We come back on the difference between cats and dogs highlighted in telephone drawing games, before coming back to NFT. The fact that some NFT have dead links already makes us wonder if it's really going to keep value, and what is the role of the auctioneer here. We still can't pinpoint who exactly prophesied the final form of capitalism with the purely virtual speculative commodity (Zizek? Debord? Marx? Help me!) but that doesn't stop us from trying to understand if NFT are like a receipt or like an autograph. We also discover that NFTs may be the big crunch to Plato's concept-based cosmogenesis... Speaking of cosmogenesis, we take a brief dive in the history of Homestuck to introduce Homestuck^2, and see what it says about meta-narrative and death of the author, and whether we can compare it to other works in a spoiler-free way. Homestuck: https://www.homestuc

  • Does NFT create a new ontological reality?

    30/03/2021 Duración: 34min

    This is our first episode where we deep dive into one serious topic, and what better choice than the NFTs that everyone is talking about! We briefly explain what NFTs are, and take case study to figure out what it is that people are buying. If you don't have any right on the digital art that the NFT represents, what on earth are you getting for your money? What are the implications for the notion of money? for the notion of things even? Is NFT really helpful for artists? How is it different from a certificate of authenticity? Would it still be useful in a utopian money-less society? Or is it just like bitcoin? And finally, does it create the new building blocks for a new ontological reality? All of this and more in this episode! Episode 9 where we talk about conceptual art: ThoughtSlime excellent video about NFT: Join us on: @NotDailyPodcast notdailypodcast@gma

  • Conversations : I became an Ai in a telephone game

    08/03/2021 Duración: 36min

    We're trying something new with our podcast: to keep the episodes more focused, we'll release the conversational part where we answer to the listeners, address followups, and discuss less heavy questions separate from our main episodes! This is the first of such episodes, where we discuss everything we missed in last episode about the perfect reading corner, namely UV lights, reading rhythm, and audio ambiance. After that, we move on to chit chat about a game that has become more popular during lockdown: Gartic phone, a game where people pass along an idea by drawing or describing a drawing in succession. This method of information propagation is actually pretty interesting, because some concepts are way more stable than others, and they are not the ones you may think of at first. We discuss these stable concepts and attractor points while pulling from Plato or Jung, and compare this experience to latent states of machine learning/neural network algorithms. The game: Tom White, an

  • [NDP21] - Cyranoids and How to make the perfect reading environment?

    31/01/2021 Duración: 44min

    We discover that at the end of his life, Stanley Milgram was working on a little known Cyranoid experiment. He showed that if you put a child into an adult body, nobody will notice something is off. In the main part, we try to make the perfect environment to read more. We briefly go over pretty basic productivity tips (making habits, compartmentalization) before diving in our usual craziness featuring the tinderization of storytelling, reading in VR, the ease of entry vs compartmentalization trade-of, hacking your brain worse tendencies for your desires ... We talk a great deal about reading on phones and how to make it work, and how closeness, nature, bookshelves, light or simplicity are essential elements to consider when making a reading nook. AfterDinnerConversation podcast episode: Milgram's cyranoids paper:'s_Cyranoid_Method_Experiment

  • [NDP20] - AfterDinnerConversation and Are purchases the ultimate form of human free will ?

    31/12/2020 Duración: 37min

    We discover quantum time locks and Twisted Wonderland. We then discuss Vlad's holiday project, a minimalist website to store his short stories, and move on to discussing a magazine Yoann discovered recently which focuses on philosophical short stories. As an example, we comment briefly the story “Rainbow People Of The Glittering Glade”. Finally, we get into the holiday spirit by celebrating the true meaning of Christmas: purchases. But is buying something the ultimate form of expression of your free will? Is money working as an objective shared scale of value, to help your decision making? Does the reversibility of purchases matter at all here? Or are too many forces and social coercion at play to be able to talk of "decision" ? What about "impulse shopping" or marketing? What would Sartre think of your shopping list? What do you think about it? The story “Rainbow People Of The Glittering Glade” (

  • [NDP19] - Time capsules and What makes a villain?

    30/11/2020 Duración: 38min

    We reflect on the possibility that the economy is so important to some people because it fills in for the symbolic dimension of meaning that is lacking from the dystopias we discussed last time. We talk a bit about a message from the past that Vlad received, and how to make a good time capsule for your future self. This time, our main section is about villains and propaganda. We talk a lot about Disney movies in general and Aladdin in particular to try and understand what it means to be a villain, cinematographically and semantically. In particular, we discuss how agency and beauty fit in the picture. We conclude by wondering whether such techniques can be used to frame anything or anyone as a villain, and to manipulate public acceptance of anything. What can we do about this? Nietzsche, Trump, & Brexit by Ken Gemes ( ) Join us on: @NotDailyPodcast

  • [NDP18] - Kanjis and is there an anti-rationality propaganda?

    01/11/2020 Duración: 45min

    We discuss with listeners whether an AI has imagination, and how it is seen by the general public. We present new tools developped by Yoann to learn Japanese and compare the usage of Kanjis and Chinese characters. For the main question of this episode, we try to assess whether or not there has been an ongoing anti-rationality vibe in our media and myths. It brings us to a lot of places, assessing the relationship between empathy and rationality, or even its place in storytelling: is rationality the enemy of drama and therefore not a good story driver? Or is it the core of any character growth? Is an excess of rationality why totalitarians dystopia fail, or is it just that they're missing key components of the human nature in their application of rationality... Is this all a matter of imperfect information? Or is it a warped rejection of determinism from the very depths of human nature? Join us on: @NotDailyPodcast

  • [NDP17] - GPT3's artificial intelligence and can it host a podcast?

    28/09/2020 Duración: 44min

    Listen to the full interview: Listen: We first revisit what your storage system says about you to bring up the social aspects that we didn't study last time. But the core of this episode is the reason why it took us a while to make it: we tried to interview an AI powered by GPT-3, the latest machine learning framework from OpenAI. You can listen to the raw interview, but there's a lot of ambiguity between what humans produced and what AI produced, and even though this ambiguity is a pretty cool piece of performative art, it may not be the best podcast experience :) So in this episode, we debrief this interview and share the best highlights from it: what is GPT-3 good at? bad at? Is it intelligent? Is it conscious? What does any of these words even mean? What's the fundamental difference between its "brain" and ours? Can it replace us? Could it have written a better description? All this and much more in an exclusive interview of our new AI overlords.

  • [NDP 16] - Bioshock and Is a post-files world inevitable?

    30/07/2020 Duración: 40min

    Going back over our last episode, we wonder if we spend too long talking about main characters, as opposed to background NPCs, and then ask the real question: what is the main storyline of the real world? We follow that up with Bioshock: it is a cult classic that we both didn’t try until fairly recently, and even though this genre of games doesn’t suit either of us, there’s still plenty to be said about the Bioshock universe and the philosopher that inspired it. Finally, we go back to our tech/productivity side, continuing in a way the discussion from episode 6. Seeing that operating systems have lately abstracted the storage away from the user, is it the death of the file system? It seems that retrieval within a huge blob is more suited for the human brain, and successes like smartphones or Gmail seem to lean that way. But is there no redeeming qualities to a structured file system? Are we doomed to let all our data sit in a huge mix of everything, or is there still hope for the file-sorting lovers? Join

  • [NDP 15] - Corpse Dream and Why would you care about an NPC?

    29/06/2020 Duración: 35min

    We revisit our last episode’s conclusions: turns out that making an MMORPG is in fact a pretty arduous task, but maybe there’s interesting things we can still look forward to instead. We then talk about recent recurring dreams about corpses and highschool diplomas, and how their oddities let us experience different parts of the brain. Finally, we tackle a question that mixes game design and cognitive psychology: what creates empathy towards some NPCs. We examine examples like Undertale, Pokemon, Animal Crossing or Watchdogs, to understand some important factors like shared experiences, free will and anthropomorphism. We end up analyzing the difference between cinematographic games and choice-driven gameplay experiences to understand how they create different caring vectors. Join us on: ( ) @NotDailyPodcast ( )

  • [NDP 14] - Eizouken and Where did the MMORPG hype go?

    25/05/2020 Duración: 37min

    We review the comments for the counting base system: even though it was our longest episode yet, there is a lot that we still missed! It leaves us little time to talk about Masaaki Yuasa’s “Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na!” and how it influenced the making of this podcast! For the main topic, when we talked about No Man Sky a few months ago, we decided to dive deeper into why we don’t see more MMORPGs lately. We explore a wide range of reasons, from game design to supporting technology, passing obviously by the economic aspect (did free to play and loot boxes really kill subscriptions?), but also the societal and psychological aspects (after all, the internet, the world and people have changed a lot since WoW first came out). *Shownotes* : Our No Man Sky episode: Interesting stuff we didn’t tackle in the episode: what numbers do you pick within your base:

  • [NDP 13] - Habituation and What is the best base for counting?

    25/04/2020 Duración: 47min

    One of the most interesting things to come out of this pandemic is that it serves as a free global cognitive science experiment for everyone, so we discuss what we can conclude about habituation. In the main part, we discuss how we should celebrate the milestones of the podcast: using base 10 and celebrate “round numbers” seems so arbitrary... If we were to decide from scratch, could we choose a better base to count in without the bias of having 10 fingers? What even makes a good base? Come hear our argument and take part in the poll to decide how to number our episodes from now on :) Join us on: ( ) @NotDailyPodcast ( )

  • [NDP 12] - You Know What and the Cultural Singularity?

    23/03/2020 Duración: 32min

    We can’t exactly not talk about the thing on everyone’s mind, can we… but can we put an original spin on it? Do not fear, though, we quickly move away from the grim reality to tackle a loosely defined topic drafted on Yoann’s notes: Are we approaching a Cultural Singularity? In the first part, we try to see if we could define it by looking at the layers of irony and self-awareness that riddle our communication in this post-truth era. In the second part, we dive into another approach, and see what we can infer from the technological singularity. Join us on: ( ) @NotDailyPodcast ( )

  • [NDP 11] - No Man Sky and Is Material Design the end of design?

    30/01/2020 Duración: 40min

    We first discuss how Banana on the Wall widened our understanding of performance art since we last talked about Banksy, and spend a bit of time exploring Yoann’s impressions of No Man Sky. We then turn to Material Design and its counterparts: recapping its history, we see that it’s definitely applying a scientific method to reverse engineer the human brain. Does this mean that it’s the Final Form of design? We try to answer this by thinking about the affordances of the medium that guide design evolution, and also by drawing a parallel with pop culture, a time-proven domain where we can clearly see generations as shared experiences. Join us on: ( ) @NotDailyPodcast ( )

  • [NDP 10] - Years and Years and how happy is ‘the happiest place on earth’?

    03/12/2019 Duración: 43min

    In this episode, we spend a bit longer than usual discussing the latest TV show written by Russel T. Davies, “Years and Years”, and where we think it did great or fall short. In particular, we also wonder why science fiction seems so grim lately… But weirdly enough, our main topic of discussion about how theme parks are engineered and designed to be a bubble of happiness brings us back to the question of utopias and dystopias. What can this manufactured happiness teach us about our nature, and can it help with our daily lives? Join us on: ( ) @NotDailyPodcast ( )

  • [NDP 9] - Banksy and What's wrong with a little self-contradiction?

    29/10/2019 Duración: 36min

    We’re comparing Banksy’s work to Oobah Butler and Thierry Guetta, the star of the movie Exit Through the Gift Shop, and which of them pushes contemporary art to its limits. Then there’s a question I’ve long wanted to clarify: it’s super annoying to have a conversation with someone who has inconsistencies in their discourse, but is it really a problem in itself? To answer this, we’re examining how humans are inconsistent by nature, and logical consistency is an acquired skill that takes effort. We discover that it’s essentially the scientific method applied to discourse, and that it’s necessary for meaning to progress. So what can you do at personal level? Shownotes: The previous episode about Sarazanmai: An introduction to Slavoj Zizek: Exit through the gift shop: How to Become TripAdvisor’s #1 Fake Restaurant: I faked an Art Gal

  • [NDP8] - Big cats and What is the meaning of ㋐ in Sarazanmai?

    29/09/2019 Duración: 39min

    Vlad has a new cat, and it comes with a lot of new challenges, because Maine Coons are not really standard :s After this, we dive into the dauting task of analysing the symbolism of Kunihiko Ikuhara’s 2019 animated series “Sarazanmai”. You should definitely watch it before this episode! We try to make light of things like what “desire” or ㋐ mean, mostly adopting an approach following french philosophers Jean Paul Sartre and Jacques Lacan to try and figure out what life lessons are under the insane amount of butts. But this is a very rich show, and there’s so much we didn’t have time to go into, so I hope we can continue this discussion! What did you think of our approach? Is there other points you’d like to add/counter on it? Or other completely different questions/topics/symbolisms you’d like to dig into? Do you have a theory about the meaning of the word Sarazanmai? We’re very curious to hear a wide range of analyses! Shownotes: The waifu vending machine: (

  • [NDP7] - Machine Learning and What do we do with people's comments?

    12/08/2019 Duración: 38min

    We're back after this little summer break with a slightly different format! We've always thought of this podcast as a dialogue between us and you, so we're shooting for more interactivity! From now on, we're not recording in advance anymore, so that we can answer all the comments you leave us here, on twitter ( ) or at This episode is mainly focused on addressing all the comments we've received from episode 1 to 6 so we can start this format from a clean slate! But before that, Yoann introduces us to the GPT2 machine learning algorithm that he trained on a corpus of his writings. You can find all the details in his blog post ( ) , and Vlad's reactions in this episode! Feel free to try it out, it's very easy! And please let us know what you think of this new format, because it cannot function without you :) If you're trying out GPT2 in particular, share your experiments and thoug

  • [NDP6] - Bandersnatch and How do you manage your TODOs?

    10/06/2019 Duración: 35min

    It may be a bit late, but we wanted to reflect a bit on Black Mirror's interactive episode Bandersnatch, and try to see what it did well, what it did poorly, and why so many critics are negative about it. After the previous heavy episode, we are going into lighter territory by discussing the fundamentals of productivity and self organisation. With a focus on media consumption, we each detail how we're organizing everything we need to do/watch/read... We try to analyze the specter we're at both ends of, between Vlad's power-user use of Google Keep (and his memory ^^) and Yoann's numerous lists split in many Google Docs. What other systems did we miss? Did any of you figure out the magic weapon to solve all organizational TODOs? What's your product of choice?

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