This week on the Carolina Snowflakes Podcast we’re trying to figure out what’s up with AI. AI or Artificial Intelligence is something most of us have heard of, but how much do we really know about the ways in which it’s being used or will be used in the future?

Much like the spread of Covid-19, AI technology is growing at an exponential rate. As it turns out, we humans struggle to understand the concept of exponential growth. This is why we were so caught off guard by the arrival of Covid-19 in the U.S despite countless professionals trying their darndest to warn the masses ahead of time.

And like the scientists who tried to warn us about the virus, there happens to also exist scientists warning of the fast approaching AI technology. Most of these scientists happen to be the ones working in the field of AI. But, is anyone listening? Eeeeeehhhh…

Now this doesn’t mean we’re going to wake up one day with a bunch of robots running around our homes and toilet paper missing from store shelves, but it does mean that as AI technology becomes more advanced there will be real-world consequences— consequences for us humans as well as for the AI we foster. It’s probably in our best interest to be thinking about these things BEFORE they happen. Congress, are you listening?

Be sure to tune in to hear what these real-world consequences might be and to hear how AI is already being utilized in areas such as medicine and business.  Plus, listen to a conversation our Snowflake Amanda recently had with the Emerson AI chat bot that claimed it knows how to resurrect dead cats. Say what?!

That’s right, what’s up with AI?

This week on the Carolina Snowflakes Podcast we’re writing love letters to famous people.

We here at Carolina Snowflakes HQ believe the fine art of letter writing deserves resurgence. Unlike a text message or an email, a letter has the benefit of personal touch. Who doesn’t enjoy a thoughtfully written note from time to time? The beauty of letters is that they can be short or they can be long. They can be loving or they can be filled with anger and contempt. Either way, they’re a special form of communication and can be tailored to the individual reading them.

This week we’ll be reading tailored letters to and from famous people – including ones we wrote ourselves. Yes, that’s right. We wrote love letters to famous people.

Tune in to hear how we chose which famous people to send our letters and of course, hear what those thoughtful letters contain.

Have you ever written a love letter to a famous person? Tell us about it!

This week on the Carolina Snowflake Podcast we’re joining the masses in celebration of Pride Month!

Tune in to this week’s casual conversation with more than a few funny quips as we talk about our own positions as allies in the LGBTQ+ world. Hear how we first learned that our hetero-normative selves weren’t the only way to be and what that meant growing up in the deep red south.

We also discuss some of our favorite LGBTQ+ celebrities, authors and journalists this week and relay how these individuals have shaped our own understandings of what being gay or lesbian or trans or just plain different means in the grand scheme of things.

We also pose a handful of questions to the LGBTQ+ community and hope that maybe we’ll get a few answers.

At the end of the day, we say love is love. The Carolina Snowflakes fully support your right to be who you are and to love who you choose.

We had a blast recording Our Big Gay Episode and we hope you enjoy!

 

Resources:

The Trevor Project: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/

Matthew Shepard Foundation: https://www.matthewshepard.org/

PFLAG & Allies: https://pflag.org/ and  https://straightforequality.org/

Sylvia Rivera Law Project: https://www.facebook.com/SylviaRiveraLawProject/

Palm Center: https://www.palmcenter.org/

Equality Federation: https://www.equalityfederation.org/

Victory Fund: https://victoryfund.org/

Trans What?: https://transwhat.org/

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation: https://www.glaad.org/

It Gets Better Project: https://itgetsbetter.org/

The “Not All Like That” Project: http://www.notalllikethat.org/

Truth Wins Out: https://truthwinsout.org/

The Safe Zone Project: https://thesafezoneproject.com/

This week on the Carolina Snowflakes Podcast we’re continuing our charismatic Quest for Knighthood in this follow-up episode--or as we like to call it, “Part 2”.  Yes, we’re still madly in love with all things Britain and our desire to be knighted is ever unflinching.

Since knighthood is practically guaranteed for us in the near future, we thought it wise to understand what it means to “be knighted” in this day in age.  Tune in to learn about the categories under which such an honor is bestowed and hear about the process leading up to the grand ceremony. Soon we’ll be partying it up in the Knight Clubs alongside Sir Patrick Stewart and Dame Keira Knightley. On a side, yet related note, we assume Keira’s last name gave her a bit of an advantage in being chosen by the Queen since the Royal printers saved on ink costs. If only we were the Knightley Snowflakes. But alas…

Despite knighthood being one of the greatest honors one might receive, there have been more than a few famous folks turn down the offer over the years. You’ll have to tune in to hear who they are and why they said “No thank you” to Her Majesty. In case you couldn’t tell, we’ll be saying, “Yes, please!” when our Come-Get-Knighted letter arrives by Royal Post. Considering we’re pretty sure the Queen listens to our show, it’s really only a matter of time

Once we’re knighted, we’ll undoubtedly be spending a great deal of time with the Queen and the Royal Family. They’re going to LOVE us.  Because of this, we decided to educate ourselves on some of the inner-workings of Royal life and of those living it. Listen in to hear 20 interesting facts about the Queen herself and her immediate family. Like, why does the Queen rock such bold, brightly colored clothing? If you’re an American who ever finds yourself in line to be knighted you’ll be glad you know these things.

We close this week’s episode with another visit to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales by way of the Summoner and The Friar. These stories are an absolute hilarious trip and we guarantee you’ll be thoroughly amused.

So tune in to hear all about our recent endeavors as we continue this epic journey – Our Quest For Knighthood-Part 2.

 

Reference:

Sir Patrick Stewart on Getting His Knighthood (video) - https://youtu.be/qUWRLzL044U

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