In this Episode I talked about my experience with the podcast: AWLIAS (Are We Living In A Simulation?). This show attempts to be a distributor of all thing simulation theory, but is it for you?
PodApplaud- Are We Living In A Simulation?
Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to ponder about the podcast: Are We Living In A Simulation
Are We Living In A Simulation or as acronym, AWLIAS, is a podcast that tackles the question of its namesake. It’s weird and has conspiracy-like vibes, but I’ll get into that soon enough. For now I’ll let you know the episodes are between 5 and 10 minutes long. The show doesn’t release episodes regularly at all and maybe not be active anymore. It did produce 10 episodes that I’m interested in probing though, so let’s get into it.
If you listened to my Extraterrestrials review you may remember me saying the narration felt like two robots going back and forth one sentence at a time. Well, AWLIAS has taken the cake here, there is only voice and it is an actual fully synthesized robot voice, like Microsoft Sam or a text to speech program. This voice might remind you of those terrible Anonymous videos on youtube, perhaps it is the same one. For a few episodes the creator of the podcast put in some more work in attempt to make the voice more interesting, but ended up abandoning that idea. There is also a youtube channel that posts videos, but the videos just have random colored overly saturated and pixelated pictures that only roughly relate to the ideas that are being conveyed. To be frank the whole production side is a mess.
As for the content of the videos, how does that fair you might be asking? Hmmm passable I suppose. Some of the ideas are interesting, and it can be fun to fall down a conspiracey-like rabbit hole time to time. But, there isn’t physical evidence backing the issue. The only real argument is probability. Just how people say aliens must exist due to the size of the universe and sheer unlikeliness that we are alone, people claim our experience might be a simulation for similar reasons. One thing that does concern me, is although podcasts and youtube are both very notorious for taking ideas and investigating them from new angles, adding to the experience via personality of the hosts or making the material more approachable by visuals or a breaking down the content. AWLIAS feels more akin to pirating content than other podcasts and youtube channels because it’s production doesn’t add to or transform the ideas very much. There is obviously a script and it does make the ideas quite digestible. On one hand it makes the show feel cheap, but I guess on the other it could make you feel like a bad-boy edgy rebel I guess?
Well here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! I’d give Are We Living In A Simulation a ⅖ There is plenty of material on youtube that breaches this topic in a more enjoyable way. The robot voice is an interesting idea, but ends up reminding me of anonymous, and by extension 14 year olds doing cyber crimes from their parents’ basement. I don’t plan on listening to anymore of this show, nor do I suggest anyone else give it a go. I will say that looking into the simulation theory I happened across the website simulation-argument.com if you are interested in the subject matter check that website out. If you absolutely must listen, run some documents on that site through a text-to-speech program.
That’s been the show for today I hope you found it valuable If you wish to reach out to me you can find me on twitter @podapplaud or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for listening, and please tune in again.