Joining us in studio this week is DIU Podcast’s (self-proclaimed) number one fan, (DIU Podcast-proclaimed) Dr. Eugene Tang. Dr. Tang brings in the very serious issue of Jack’s previous issues on this very show. Listen in as we discuss just a small handful of our previous topics – will robots take over the world, are Generation Z kids stupid, should we be vigilantes? Tune in to find out if Jack can fend off Dr. Tang’s rebuttals!
Afterwards, the podcast team gets together for the DIU Podcast gift exchange!
This is what the ONLY DIU Podcast mug in existence looks like:
In wake of the first major snowstorms in Toronto this week, Gavin brings in the important issue of snow – and how it fucking sucks. Meanwhile, Jack goes on a rant about how generation Z (born 1995 or later) children are all stupid because they don’t have the same opinions and attitudes as he does.
Jack claimed that Generation Z kids use more drugs than any other generation in the past. This title actually goes to the baby boomers (born between 1943-1962) when measuring most of the popular drugs. The exception is painkillers, which has seen an increase in popularity among millennials. See charts from DrugAbuse.com
Jack announces that he (once again) has attempted to quit smoking. However, as with anything on DIU Podcast, we will make a big deal about his words; which would hopefully get him to quit for good. He then goes on to talk about how many call centre customer service representatives are being verbally abused by clients. Meanwhile, Gavin talks about Amazon Go, a new store aiming to get rid of checkout lines.
With tons of shopping left to do for the holidays, Gavin brings in the issue of dynamic pricing. Why is it acceptable that some goods/services we buy have fluctuating prices (e.g. airline tickets)? Should dynamic pricing be acceptable in retail? Meanwhile, Jack brings in the topic of Canada’s impending legalization of marijuana.
We talked about our opinions on legalizing marijuana, but didn’t really cover the history of the situation. Making marijuana illegal has historic ties with connections to fear-mongering and population control.
In regards to marijuana use and brain cells: a 2012 study by Duke University researchers found that teenagers who are regular marijuana users lose eight IQ points on average. Although this is still a matter of contention in the academic community. Cigarettes on the other hand, have been found to damage the brain (contrary to Jack’s beliefs).