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Physical Attraction

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Aug 8, 2017

Bonus midweek edition, coming to you as close to LIVE as is humanly possible...

Inspired by last week's episode, Seduced By A Robot, I downloaded a neural network and started to play around with it. See what happens when I feed it:

  • The works of Shakespeare
  • My Facebook conversation history
  • A biography of Stalin
  • and, of course, the twitter feed of President Trump


The neural network I used was the tensorflow char-rnn - an open-source framework by Chen Liang - and I got the idea from Janelle Shane, who you can find at

Also: an appeal for listener questions!

I want to do a listener questions episode, but to do that, I need... listener questions.

Tweet us @physicspod, email us at Any question will be considered, no matter how outlandish, and the ones that work out will be featured on a future episode. Here are some ideas:

  • Something you wanted to know about physics
  • Something you wanted to know about seduction (which I achieve masterfully in 100% of cases)
  • Something that's been bothering you in your personal life or in the world at large
  • Hateful abuse phrased as a question

Send them in! And see you Saturday for a regular episode.