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A highlight from Generative AI News This Week - Cloud Wars and LLMs, NVIDIA Revenue, Mailchimp, Hubspot, Intuit, Zoom, OpenAI, and More - Voicebot Podcast Ep 350
"This is episode 350 of the Voicebot Podcast. For this week's generative AI news rundown, we have the AI cloud wars, Nvidia's stellar revenue ramp, HubSpot, MailChimp, OpenAI, Telefonica, and more. Hello, Voicebot Nation and my friends from Synthetia. I'm Brett Kinsella, your host of the Voicebot Podcast. This week's generative AI news packs a punch and hopefully sheds some light on how fast this industry is evolving. I'm joined again this week by my colleague, Eric Schwartz, the head writer for Voicebot .ai. Here is the generative AI news rundown. We start out with a breakdown of Nvidia's blowout revenue numbers. This story is pretty interesting when you consider how transformational the last two quarters have been for the company and even bigger expectations for next quarter. Eric and I then walk through Synthetia's analysis of how the cloud wars are influencing and shaping the LM battles raging among the foundation model builders. I think you're going to like that. We also hit on the new Falcon 180B, so that's 180 billion parameter, LLM from TII. The new generative AI features from eBay, HubSpot, Intuit, and Zoom, and we talk about Apple sort of. We have funding stories from Contact AI and Ello, and we finish up with OpenAI's first developer conference, and of course, the generative AI winners and losers of the week. Next up, chips, clouds, LLMs, enterprise apps collide with generative AI and a bit more. Let's get started.
Fresh update on "brett" discussed on Spellcaster: The Fall of Sam Bankman-Fried
"About the idea of me coming to FTX. But Brett was going to set up the US arm of FTX as president. He was never super explicit about what it was about me that he wanted within his company, but it felt like, okay, well, I have a lot of experience. I've worked places for almost a decade prior to joining FTX and FTX US. Maybe this is part of the reason why Sam ultimately wanted me to join the company. I found it to be impossible to be able to get work work done when I had the responsibility to help make this company great, but not the authority to do so because every single decision ultimately ended up with Sam and we needed Sam's approval on everything. Brett was at a loss. So in April of 2022, he put it all down in writing in a long memo. And I told Sam, if we're not going to be able to talk once a week, I can't really do my job. The memo got Sam's attention, but not the Brett way hoped. A few days later, Sam got on a call with him. He was joined by a company lawyer. Sam went through every item in my letter and just sort of systematically refuted everyone. He said, I don't like to talk on the phone with people. I think it's a waste of time. I think giving dedicated time to employees ultimately ends up just being a waste of my time. I don't like talking on the phone. We're not doing that. If anything, the problem was with you. You're not a good manager, you're not a good software developer, so you don't really understand our business. And it hurt a lot. Then two weeks later, one of Sam's aides showed up at Brett's office in the US. A spokesman for denies Sam that he ordered this person to go there. Whoever sent him, the aide had a message for Brett. He said that this letter you wrote, Sam is extremely angry at you for writing this. It looks you're like trying to leave some sort of audit trail. This is awful. You should never have said the words that you said in this letter, and Sam is gonna fire you for this. You're gonna have to truly apologize for everything that you've said here if we're going to let you stay at this company at all. And if you are gonna leave, good luck finding a job anywhere else. You know, Sam is basically gonna destroy your reputation. And that was a career first for me. The almost, you know, mafia -like behavior of threatening me for doing what I thought was my job. Brett was told that he should apologize for his letter if he wanted to keep his job. And he did. He felt like he had a lot of people depending on him. He also really believed in the company. It had all of this investor interest. It had so much adoration from the customers that I actually thought one of the difficulties of me getting any of my problems addressed was, how could criticize
Monitor Show 12:00 09-27-2023 12:00
"With Bloomberg, you get the story behind the story, the story behind the global birth rate, behind your EV battery's environmental impact, behind sand, yeah, sand, you get context. And context changes everything. Go to Bloomberg .com to get context. CEDO and it looks nice. It's on nine acres and she would have cool neighbors like Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt. Yeah, she's pretty cool too. Yeah. So is Orlando Bloom. I guess. I prefer John Mayer. This is Bloomberg. Broadcasting 24 hours a day at Bloomberg .com and the Bloomberg Business Act. This is Bloomberg Radio. This is Bloomberg Markets with Paul Sweeney and Matt Miller. We got a lot of green on the screen here, but the volume is light. We constantly underestimate the strength of the U .S. consumer. This is a market that's much more optimistic or bullish than maybe central bankers are. Breaking market news and insight from Bloomberg experts. There's still some concern out there in the market that there is room for things to deteriorate a little bit more than what they're indicating. As small and medium -sized businesses struggle, they don't present as much competition. The supply chain has still got dislocations globally and here in the U .S. This is Bloomberg Markets with Paul Sweeney and Matt Miller on Bloomberg Radio. All right. Coming up in this hour, we're going to do a deep dive on the bond market. Who better to do that with than Jerry Cudzel. He's a General's Portfolio Manager at TCW. That's Trust Company of the West folks. They have a lot of assets under management. Then we're going to check in with Brett Ewing, Chief Market Strategist at First Franklin Financial. Get his thoughts on this marketplace. Is there a constructive call on this market right now? Then Eileen Mullaney. She's Workforce Transformation Lead at Vialtro Partners. Discussing this whole back -to -work hybrid. Where are we in that whole...
Fresh update on "brett" discussed on Spellcaster: The Fall of Sam Bankman-Fried
"Fall the of Sam Bankman -Fried. Thanks for watching. Sam was working all the time, but working meant he was always in the office, always on a call. He was on podcasts. He was on interviews with media. To investors, he was always on a call talking to other people and so was largely unavailable. Brett Harrison had last seen Sam at his Jane Street going away party. Brett decided to reach out. They exchanged a few texts catching up. Then, a few months later, Sam got back in touch. What he said was, if you'd like to come to FTX, we would still love to have you, which was a very strange text because we had never talked
A highlight from The No Interruptions Podcast - Remote Vs. In Office Work
"Introducing Carvana Value Tracker, where you can track your car's value over time and learn what's driving it. It might make you excited. Whoa, didn't know my car was valued this high. It might make you nervous. Uh oh, market's flooded. My car's value just dipped 2 .3%. It might make you optimistic. Our low mileage is paying off. Our value's up. And it might make you realistic. Mmm, car prices haven't gone up in a couple weeks. Maybe it's time to sell. But it will definitely make you an expert on your car's value. Carvana Value Tracker. Visit Carvana .com to start tracking your car's value today. This week's No Interruptions podcast on The Mike Gallagher Show has to do with working from home or working in the office. You know, COVID upended everything. COVID has sort of changed the rules. And there are a lot of businesses, it is expected, that will never see people back in the office again. So I wanted to bring two smart people into this conversation. Brett Garrett is an entrepreneur, small business strategist. He started his first business at the age of 24. He founded Serious Plumbing and Air Conditioning. Has had tremendous success. And he has certainly experienced every aspect of the small business cycle. And I think small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy. And he believes that working in person is most beneficial for small businesses as far as productivity, being on a team, not being in solitude. A lot of good arguments on that end of the spectrum. On the other side is Matt Lamb, Matt's associate editor of The College Fix, which is a nonprofit organization run by veteran journalists to help journalists who are just starting out. And boy, do we need a lot of help in that regard. And so you need smart people like Mark. He started out working at Students for Life of America, Students for Life Action, and Turning Point USA. He believes it's actually more beneficial to work remotely with a few caveats. So let me start, guys, with, first of all, generationally. It seems to me that those of us who've been around the block a few times, who are older, maybe more work experienced, probably like the idea of the way things used to be, and that is working from home. Based on your biographies, if I can get personal with you, Matt, how old a guy are you? I'm 29 years old. You're 29. Brent, are you a little older than 29? Just a touch, Mike. I'm 58. There you go. And I wonder, let's start there. Brent, I want to start with you. Is it possible that those of us who are of a certain age, we're kind of used to the way things used to be. Young bucks like Matt come along and they say, hey, there's a better way. Could this just be a generational difference in terms of the belief that working from home is a good idea? It's a great place to start, Mike, and I agree. The baby boomers, I'm actually right on the edge. I'm a den exer. But we grew up with manufacturing mentality. Our parents worked at the factory. They were manufacturers. They built things. They made things. So there are certainly certain lines of work that the origin is that we all work together to produce something and make something better together. So the answer is that one plus one really does equal three on an assembly line when we can all work together. So it is certainly safe to say that those of the past or people who are a little further down the road, we'll put it that way, in their working careers probably do it from that perspective. No doubt.
Fresh update on "brett" discussed on Spellcaster: The Fall of Sam Bankman-Fried
"On a call with him. He joined it every week. He said, I don't like to talk on the phone with people. I think it's a waste of time. I think giving dedicated time to ultimately employees ends up just being a waste of my time. I don't like talking on the phone. We're not doing that. If anything, problem like the was with you, you're not a good manager, you're not a good software developer, so you don't really understand our business. It hurt a lot. Then, two weeks later, one of Sam's aides showed up at Brett's office in in the the U .S. A spokesman for Sam denies that he ordered this person to go there. Whoever sent him the aid had a message for Brett. He said that this letter you wrote, Sam is extremely angry at wrote this story. you're trying to leave some sort of audit trail. This is awful. You said in this letter and Sam is going to fire you for this. You're going to have to truly apologize for everything that you've said here if we're going to let you stay at this company at all. And if going you are to leave, like good luck finding a job anywhere else. You know, Sam is basically going to destroy your reputation. And that was a career first for me. The almost mafia -like behavior of threatening me for ultimately doing what I thought was my job. You're listening to Spellcaster, the fall of Sam Bankman -Fried. Stay with us for the Spellcaster Takeover on Bloomberg Radio. I'm Hannah Miller and this is Bloomberg. Bloomberg Radio on demand and in your podcast feed on the latest edition of the Bloomberg Daybreak U .S. edition podcast, Bloomberg's
Is Biden Working on an Israel-Saudi Arabia ‘Normalization’ Deal?
"Recognize Israel diplomatically now that would be a game -changer no question about it and the truth is had there been a second Trump administration on the heels the of first this would have happened already under the Abraham Accords that a whole bunch of concessions to the Palestinian terrorists and even to the Saudis but the Saudis have said over the last several months if years that they're very interested in pursuing nuclear power even though they have more oil than one can imagine and the Saudi prince told Brett Baer that if the Iranians develop nuclear they will have no choice so I'm sitting here thinking to myself I don't have all the facts I just know what's out there in the media and the fact that I don't have all facts the and you don't have all the facts and Congress doesn't have all the facts demonstrates that Joe Biden has no interest in being transparent about what he's doing you know we have a treaty clause we have all these other obligations ensure to Congress is involved and to ensure that the public knows what's going on it's not left to one man or a group of men who take it upon themselves to cut international deals that's a clear violation of the Constitution which Democrats do you know as often as they breathe I'm truth but thinking to myself isn't that the reason isn't that a motivation for taking out Iran's nuclear system Mr. producer there you have Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia wants to to pursue nukes there's nothing that can stop them they've talked about making deals with the Communist Chinese they've talked about making deals with the fascistic Vladimir Putin they've talked
Fresh update on "brett" discussed on Spellcaster: The Fall of Sam Bankman-Fried
"Things just moved at a different pace. Sam was going ahead with huge celebrity and sports partnerships, part of his apparent mission to make FTX a household name. Brett could barely keep up with all the deals being done. There was the Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen commercial. There was Steph Curry the of NBA's Golden State Warriors. There was also one featuring Larry David as a skeptic. Not just about crypto, but, I don't think so. These ads were putting FTX on the map, turning crypto from something on the fringes to something mainstream. It should have been exciting, but Brett was concerned. The marketing deals were to promote the part company of the Brett managed, but he'd had nothing to do with them. It was all coming from Sam. Worse still, as Brett saw it, he was there to help FTX grow up, to do the kinds of things a responsible grown -up company does, like have compliance systems. But Sam seemed curiously resistant to that. He was still running the company as a startup, the way he always had. Tiny staff, crazy hours, beanbag naps. I found it to be impossible to be able get to work done when I had the responsibility to help make this company great, but not the authority to do so, because every single decision ultimately ended up with Sam, and we needed Sam's approval on everything. Brett was at a loss. So in April of 2022, he put it all down in writing in a long memo. I told Sam, if we're not going to be able to talk once a week or something like that, then I can't really do my job. The memo got Sam's attention, but not the way Brett hoped. A few days later, Sam got
A highlight from Generative AI News This Week - Google Gets is Gen AI Mojo Back, ChatGPT Enterprise Debuts, New Big Funding Rounds, Products & More - Voicebot Podcast Ep 349
"Hello to all you generative AI news fans out there and Voicebot Nation, this is Brett Kinsella, host of the weekly generative AI news rundown. Today we take you into the deep recesses of generative AI land with my co -host, Eric Schwartz and a featured guest, Alan Furstenberg. Alan is a Google development expert. He's got deep knowledge of conversational AI and generative AI, so it was great to welcome his insights this week. As always, you can just listen here or you can watch the recording on YouTube. We have visuals this week, but I don't think the visuals are that critical to the conversation. So it's really up to you. If you do want to watch on YouTube, please go to Voicebot's YouTube channel. And while you're there, give us a like, maybe subscribe if you haven't already. That'd be great. Top stories this week, ChatGPT Enterprise debuts and shows how OpenAI is going to service big companies as an application provider. Google Cloud Next introduced dozens of new generative AI announcements. We talk about more than 15 in today's rundown. We go really deep on this. And so if you want some Google news and you want the perspective of Alan, Eric and myself, that will be the place to get it. The funding fountain also gave us some big news. Hugging Face landed over $200 million in giant new valuation. AI21 Labs took down $155 million in established unicorn status. We'll talk about that. CoreWeave is flirting with a two to four X valuation increase. This is like many billions of dollars and that's just since April in five months. It shows how important access is to the latest GPU chips right now. We also have product news from Meta and EncodeLlama, AI21's word to him. A new Harman smart speaker. Yes, a new smart speaker with a feature no one was expecting. ConverseNow's new LLM based chatbot, Gupshups, domain specific LLMs, GM, Walmart, and a bit more. We finish up with a generative AI winners and losers of the week. Next up, Google, OpenAI, Hugging Face, Meta, Walmart, and much more. Generative AI ends the summer with a bang. Let's get started.
Fresh update on "brett" discussed on Spellcaster: The Fall of Sam Bankman-Fried
"At what he was doing. To Brett, Sam was talented, but so was everyone else at Jane Street. He was precocious. He would frequently play chess with the other traders who are around the same age as him after work every day. But it wasn't like he purely stood out at that time period. Sam stood out for other reasons. It was known pretty quickly that he was vegan but also a very picky eater. So he had french fries for lunch every single day and people sort of knew him for that. eating french fries for every lunch to save animals, wearing shorts and a t -shirt. He wasn't But then again, neither was part of a group of new employees that he
Monitor Show 23:00 09-11-2023 23:00
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A highlight from The Next Generation of Caller ID is all about KYC, Numeracle Podcast
"This is Doug Green, and I'm the publisher of Telecom Reseller, and I'm very pleased to have with us today, Brett Nemiroff, Vice President of Engineering, Voice at Numerical. Brett, thank you for joining me today. Thank you for having me, Doug. Well, I'm excited to have another Numerical podcast. We're always interested in hearing what's new and interesting. We're going to be talking about the next generation of caller ID, and the next generation caller ID is about KYC. Is it all about vetted identity? But we're also going to be talking about, right at the beginning of this, a little story, the dark side of caller ID. And Brett, maybe you could kick this off with telling us how that conversation began. How did we end up talking about the dark side of caller ID? Yeah, so it all started off, I was actually putting together a masterclass on caller ID for Numerical's masterclass series. And actually, while I was putting together my slide deck, I actually received a phone call on my cell phone, and the caller ID that showed up on it was Darth Vader. I know this sounds like I'm probably making this up, the timing seems too coincidental, but this actually happened. Now, I don't know what you guys would do, but me seeing the phone ringing and saying Darth Vader on my phone, I answered that call, because I wanted to know who would do something like that, who wasn't. Obviously, I thought that it was a telemarketer, that would be the most likely thing, but it wasn't. It was actually a wrong number. asked And I Mr. Vader how he happened to set his caller ID. Now, as a telecom engineer, I know a handful of ways to do this, but I'm just kind of curious, how does someone who's not a telecom engineer figure out how to do this? And he explained to me that all he did is he went to his carrier's website, and just changed his name. That's it. And he hit submit. And the next day, he was making calls to Darth Vader. And it just kind of underscores just how big of a problem this is with caller ID, is that it is not the source that we can trust. And it's the kind of thing that it does not take a tremendous amount of technical competence to figure out how to change your name, and ultimately, how to change it to something that might make your call more likely to get answered by somebody. And that's exactly what happened when Darth Vader called me, is it was more interesting, and so I used that information that was presented to me to decide to answer the call. And that is how we have fundamentally lost trust in the telephony network, because of that. So, Brett, you know, all that really basically connects what you do every day at Numerical. What is your job at Numerical, and how does it connect you to your story? Right, so I'm the VP of engineering voice at Numerical. So I'm basically trying to help build solutions to bring verified identity for enterprises to their phone calls. And ultimately, what we're trying to do is to restore and to improve trust of those phone calls. So right now, enterprises have the problem of their calls being blocked or mislabeled, and they're unable to get people to answer their calls because of that. So walk us through this for a second. You know, caller ID seemed to be such a competent, able, perfect solution. We knew it was calling. That was easy peasy. And here we are, and you're taking a call from Darth Vader, right? It seems to be a broken system. Yeah, so for almost 100 years in the telephony network, the phone experience was pretty much the same. Now, I know that we've changed to like digital communications and everything. But even before that, if you just think of the basic experience, where you connect to somebody, you make their phone ring, they don't know who's calling necessarily, and they answer the call, then you have a, and you have communications. Now that experience was pretty much the same for about 100 years. And about 1995, that all changed from caller ID came out. And when caller ID came out. we Now, were able to transmit the name of the person who was calling and people who are receiving phone calls can make decisions about whether or not they wanted to answer the call. Now, at that time, which was really pre competition in the telephony space, it was pretty much the phone company, putting that name on to the phone line. In addition to that, this was really pre VoIP. And when we're talking about caller ID, we're talking about caller line ID, the phone calls were very much this wire is connected to the to one person on the call, which is connected to a wire on the other person on the other side of the call. And so caller ID was very much associated to the actual phone line itself. In 1996, with deregulation, and the introduction of all this competition, and new technologies like voice, we don't now have nailed wires going from person to person, we have phone calls going over the internet, and they're not actually being originated from where the phone number looks like it's coming from. So now we have people making phone calls, and having to transmit different IDs on that call. So at one point, when caller ID originally came out, we learned to trust that source and that solution, because that's all that existed, the phone company was actually putting that information on there. When competition came into the space, and they were also allowed to put names on there, it's no longer a controlled solution, we have hundreds, if not thousands of companies now that are able to put that on there. And if you think about it, originally, when the caller ID solution came out, the phone company was not thinking, how do we make this safe and secure when independent phone companies come out and start putting this information on it, they didn't think about the security layer in there. So now we've got this problem of thousands of service providers now talking on this communication channel without any kind of security to ensure that whatever name is transmitted really is who is making that phone call, we don't really know if it's Darth Vader or not, we're not really checking anymore. So you're describing something that had great utility, and now, I guess doesn't have any utility. It actually, it does have a utility still, and unfortunately, the utility now is to mislead and deceive. To trick you. It is to trick you. So when you take a look at what telemarketers will do, they will intentionally change their caller ID to make you think that maybe it's your kid's school, it's somebody down the street, maybe it's the pharmacy calling you. So the utility has changed, and we as individuals, not even telecom engineers like me, we have learned to look at that and not trust it. We know it's not right anymore. And that is something that we as an industry have to come together and find ways to fix that if we want phone calls to remain relevant as the communications change. Okay, so what can be done? It all starts with know your customer. And as it as it is today, you know, the FCC has mandated KYC for service providers when they bring in customers, but the actual definitions of what is KYC and how is KYC done is pretty much left up to the service provider. Now, here at Numerical, we've put together our model standards for KYC. And that's something that we've published with the FCC. So if you're a service provider, and you don't know if you're doing KYC good enough, that's something I would encourage you to download and take a look at. It's something that you can easily adopt yourself and perform KYC. That's the first part. The second part is, is really adopting technological standards that enforce identity to be transmitted into phone calls. And that's something that we don't really have as a as a fully baked solution today. And that's something that Numerical is working hard is bringing identity into the phone communication channel. Let me see if you can connect the dots better for me. How does KYC then feed into what used to be caller ID? How does that connect up? How does that solve the problem? Well, caller ID as it was originally deployed was something that a originating service provider would take the information from from a consumer and put it into a central database. That central database is known as LIDB or the line information database. There are several LIDBs out there, there's a problem of having that data sometimes even being synchronized. And then service providers on the far side are supposed to pull that information down and transmit it. But additionally, there is no methodology that exists today to encode cryptographically that information from the originator all the way to the terminator. So really, what we need is we need enterprises to be able to identify themselves for that identity to be vetted, and then for their calls to be cryptographically signed for that information to transmit all the way from the enterprise to the terminating service provider. That way, there's no way to make a bad call in the network without completely telling the entire network exactly who you are. And that's, that's something that needs to change that we can restore trust. And do you think that that can be done without being spoofed as we talked about earlier? So spoofing is something that comes up a lot. And it's a, it's a, it's a really touchy subject because spoofing isn't always bad. When people say spoofing, they always think that we're tricking somebody. But for example, if my, if my kid's school is going to call me and tell me that after school activities have been canceled because of bad weather, they're probably not making those phone calls. They have hired a third party company to make those calls on, on their behalf. And that third party company is spoofing the phone number of the school so that it looks like the school is calling me. And that's an example of spoofing. That's, that's perfectly okay. You see with doctor's offices, appointment scheduling, that's okay. It's not illegal. The problem that we have today is there's no way to really tell intent on the far side of the call whether or not it was okay or not. So one of the first things that we want to do is we want entities like the school to be able to present their identity with the call so that at the far side we can tell this is not a bad actor making the call. It is in fact this company. Or if at least they put their identity on there and they are doing something that they shouldn't do, we can point the finger directly at them, find out who their service provider is and we can disconnect them or provide other sources of enforcement. You know, Brett, one of the themes on all the numerical podcasts has been talking about business identity and the brand, basically brand integrity that. So, help me again connect the dots here, you know, it sounds like a very complicated and challenging environment. How can a single or individual enterprise or business. Essentially do the right thing for themselves in terms of protecting your identity and effectively communicating with their customers. Well, in today's ecosystem, the best thing that an enterprise can do today is to partner with a company like numerical that has a very, very rigorous KYC process to ensure that business identities are properly verified and vetted, and then loaded up into the appropriate analytics engines so that their identities are transmitted to their call recipients with as much integrity as possible. In the meantime, numerical is working with industry regulators and other thought leaders to come up with new technological ways that enterprises can transmit that identity cryptographically and cause to restore trust. Brett, as we finish up our podcast today, it seems to me that maybe there's two tracks to this as a practical sort of going forward. What should people do in the near and medium term? And what are we looking at in sort of the longer term? Right. So today, the best thing that enterprises can do is to work with companies like numerical to ensure their brand identity and to make sure that the presentation of their phone calls is as favorable as possible. And that's specifically to help address the problem of blocking and labeling. But as an industry, we need thought leaders coming together, working on the new technologies, new methodologies to ensure that brand integrity can be verified, vetted and transmitted across the network with cryptographic signatures to ensure that call recipients will know exactly who's calling and can make good decisions on whether or not they want to answer those calls. Brett, I really want to thank you for joining us today. I know this was your first time on our podcast series, but I know it won't be our last. There's a lot to talk about for now and in the future. But for now, thank you very much for joining us. Hey, where can we learn more about numerical? You can go to numerical .com where you can see our masterclass series and get more information or you can subscribe to our Tuesday Talks podcast. Brett, we're looking forward to doing just that and I'm looking forward to our next podcast. For now, thanks very much indeed. Thank you, Doug.
A highlight from Hour One CEO Oren Aharon is Leveraging Generative AI to Fuse Video with Virtual Human Features - Voicebot Podcast Ep 348
"This is episode 348 of The Voicebot Podcast. My guest today is Oren O 'Hara, CEO and founder of Hour One. We talk virtual humans, generative AI, and he debuts a new product that just might stun you. Welcome back, Voicebot Nation. This is Brett Kinsella, your host of The Voicebot Podcast. Every week for over six years, I've brought you in -depth interviews with engineers, entrepreneurs, designers, other industry leaders in conversational AI, generative AI, synthetic media, the people who are shaping those industries, and our guest today, my guest today, spans all three of those categories. Oren O 'Hara is CEO and founder of Hour One, their leader in virtual human innovation. Now, you may know we've had one of Oren's colleagues, Natalie Mambio, on The Voicebot Podcast. She's also presented at Synthedia, and those were great. This is also great. It's new. This is also the first time Oren has been on. He's a technical founder. We cover a lot of ground in today's interview, and you can follow along by listening here. However, virtual humans, there's a lot of visuals here. You may want to check out the YouTube version of this interview because he does show some videos that I don't think you're going to want to miss. For example, Hour One can now take any video footage of people and make a talk, and that includes you. So just think about that for a moment. Now, in our interview, he does break down the new product, and we look at the technology behind it. We talk about how it works, what the use cases are. If you want to check out the videos of that, and you might maybe just do that afterwards. Listen here, and then you go and just check out the video sections. You can just skip forward to those in the video. All you have to do is go to Voicebot's YouTube channel at youtube .com forward slash voicebotai forward slash voicebotai. Pretty simple. You know how to get there. Plus, give us a like and subscribe while you are there. We'd appreciate that. Generative AI is changing everything very quickly. I'm pretty excited to be the first to bring you this discussion and this debut of a pretty cool product. Next up, a whole new spin on virtual humans, including you becoming one at your convenience. Let's get started. All right, I'm Brett Kinsella. We are here with Oren O 'Haraan from Hour One. He's the CEO and founder of Hour One, and it is great to have you on, Oren, and for a lot of reasons. One is I've known you guys for a long time. Natalie Mambio from the team has been on the podcast in the past, and in fact, you guys presented at our first Synthetia conference as well, which has been really interesting. But I'm really excited to have some new tech coming out, and so we're going to show people that in just a minute. I'm Brett Kinsella, host of the Voicebot podcast. And every week we have amazing innovators and generative AI, synthetic media, and conversational AI. And you have elements of all those at Hour One. So Oren, before we get into the fun stuff, because we've got some really cool technology to show off, but why don't you tell people a little bit about Hour One? Great. So thank you for having us. And Hour One is part of the generative AI, magically happening, creatively happening thing in the last, not a year, we have it like 10 months, all enjoying this creativity from prompts and images and videos. So Hour One is part of this industry. And we are specializing in the virtual human aspect, where we are creating virtual humans of actual people. We call it real, the real people, but now in their virtual existence. And we've developed a foundational model to actually do these kinds of technologies and enable anyone to come in and start creating himself talking from text and audio and all these kinds of amazing things. And then, you know, exploding with other environments and other platforms all together. So Hour One is out of this motion happening today. Absolutely. So I'm interested in the founding of this because you weren't in this space in the past, you've been in tech for a long time, you have a technical background, but what was it you into there as a medium to found a company now? It's actually a true story. And the way it worked, it was like almost five years ago when I've seen already the generative AI first papers coming out and it was mind blowing. I mean, we've seen, I've seen stuff that I never seen before. I have tech background. So I went into them, start reading and it was amazing. And then it was like an instance where it's going to change everything. It took five years, but it's going to change everything. Let's say, yeah, four years. And it was very clear. It was clear that it's a disruption, a huge disruption. And the reason we chose the virtual humans and not LLMs and not the text and the voice and all that stuff was because that was the most exciting part for us. I mean, we knew how to train everything we learned and we showed already a virtual human talking with his voice and facing together the first ones to do that. But this idea of like doing it with 80 billion people and touching everyone and getting there and building these kinds of applications was truly a huge potential. And we immediately fell in love in the idea that we will do it for the virtual human part. And today we are really at the place where everybody in the last 10 months got to understand like what is generative AI. Everybody knows LLMs. Everybody knows images. Videos is now happening. And the virtual human part is something very exciting that actually happens in the last days. So this is where we are today. Yeah, absolutely. Well, and I think when I was first introduced to Hour One, you were working with some influencers. You were creating these high resolution virtual twins, digital twins, I think maybe you called them, where you would take them into a studio and they would sit for three or four hours. I think Terrence Southern was one of the first ones that I talked to about this. And then later, we had another influencer from YouTube, Dom, we showcased him on the Synthetia 2 show. But that was like, that was more traditional. That was like, OK, I don't know if you were using CGI or another technology, but you were basically getting all these images, you were rendering it together. People were typing in scripts. They were clicking, generally manually clicking or uploading things for the settings and the backgrounds. And it was more like the news presenter or the classroom teacher presenter mode. And that's where we were up until about a year ago in terms of where the product went, right? Exactly, exactly. So that was the first years. We always use Gen AI, we haven't used CGI. That was like from first day our choice. But in the product, as you just said, we're like doing these like very in the beginning, like very basic templates and very basic environments and virtual humans, like very strict, didn't move so much. But since then, we've went a long way. And today we already have like a full library of all of these options and connected all of the Gen AI. Like you don't need to write the script, you can just prompt it. You don't need to choose an image, you can just prompt it. So today it's like very easy to go and create. And then the options there just grew. I mean, in the beginning it was very learning and development, these kinds of things. And I will show you my screen soon and you will see that now we are doing like e -commerce and social and it's like exploding everywhere. Everyone are able to use these kinds of stuff. Well, the pace of innovation is tremendous. I'm kind of interested in like why that's happening. I mean, one is like you have to build a foundation so that you actually have a product, kind of an MVP type of thing. And then just layering on all these different types of things. So obviously, OpenAI with the script writing, we had a colleague of yours on the 10 minutes on video, I don't know, six or seven months ago, showing how like, you know, it'll write the script for you. You can actually define a scene or you can define like a flow and it'll not just write the script, it'll create the six scenes associated with that for you. And so that seemed like a logical evolution based on where GPT 3 .5 was at the time. I think you were integrating with, was it stable division or DALI as well to sort of create images.
A highlight from Generative AI News - GPT-4 LLM Moderation, CEO and Gen AI, Llama 2, Voiceflow, Anthropic, Pindrop & More - Ep 345
"This is episode 345 of the VoiceBot Podcast. It's the 28th edition of the Generative AI News Rundown. Top stories this week include GPT -4 for LLM moderation, what's really driving CEOs to adopt Generative AI, Llama 2, Amazon, VoiceFlow, Anthropic, PinDrop, and more. Welcome back to everyone in VoiceBot Nation and those of you joining us from the world of Synthetia. This is Brett Kinsella, your host of the VoiceBot Podcast. We have another episode of the Generative AI News Rundown for you. And this week, it's where Eric Schwartz and I from VoiceBot .ai break down the top news of the week. And, more importantly, we offer the story behind the story, not just the news, but the perspective. As always, you can listen here or watch on VoiceBot's YouTube channel. I think you know where to find that. I know many of you like the story links that we provide, so you can read more about the stories or curate your own list, back catalog. You can find all the links for today's stories in the podcast notes or in the Synthetia post for this week's GAIN. Hopefully, that's easy for you to find. But we also have something new for you as well. We read and write and cover many stories every week, but we read more than we actually write about or that we have time to talk about in the GAIN show. So we figured out another way for you to stay connected with the news. Several times per week, we call it GAIN daily, but it's not really every day. It's like three or four times a week. We send out the GAIN daily news brief as a LinkedIn newsletter. So each issue has five to seven story links. This is the headline and the link. They also have a data chart in there and one research paper that we think is worth reading. So it's links. We curate so you don't have to. If you'd like to sign up for that, it's on LinkedIn, but the easiest way to do it is just go to bit .ly forward slash GAIN dash newsletter. bit .ly forward slash GAIN dash newsletter. It's all over the case. Okay, let's get back to GAIN. And the top stories include how to use GPT -4 to moderate LLMs and spend even more money with OpenAI, the groups pressuring CEOs to adopt generative AI. We also have more funding news this week. That includes SK Telecom's nine -figure investment in Anthropic and how it points to a new phase of LLM competition. Voiceflow doubles users on the back of generative AI and then raises new funding and grows valuation by 50%. Interesting how that happens. DynamoFL, they announced a series A funding for a privacy -focused generative AI model. That's interesting. And our friends at OpenAI acquire Digital Studio Global Illumination. That's turned a lot of heads, confused a lot of people. We can give you a perspective on that. Also, stories from IBM and the new service with Metaslama 2, Amazon's latest generative AI feature. Google generative AI search has new features as well. The U .S. Department of Defense, Roblox, deepfake detection, and a whole lot more. Eric and I finish up by picking our generative AI winners and losers of the week. Next up, LLMs for content moderation. Why CEOs are pushing generative AI, funding, features, and a whole lot more. Let's get started. All right, folks, I'm Brett Kinsella. This is Gain, the generative AI news rundown. We do this every week, most recently at 11 a .m. Eastern time. We take about 45 minutes to an hour to talk about the latest generative AI news of the week. And we have a lot of great stories for you this week. You know, LLama's back in the headlines, a little deal with IBM. It's amazing how Meta is coming back. We'll talk a little bit about that, and particularly using open source generative AI to do it. We also have GPT -4, a suggestion from OpenAI to use it for moderation, but maybe not the type of moderation you might think initially. We have a number of new funding rounds. Anthropic, Voiceflow. We have an acquisition. We have a new kid on the block out of the West Coast, too, to talk about today. Amazon. We have Google. We have stories about deepfakes. So a lot going on today. And to break it all down, I have my colleague, Eric Schwartz with me. Hey, Eric. Hey, looking forward to hitting all these big stories. All right. Eric is the head writer at Voicebot .ai. And someone who I believe has written more stories in generative AI than anybody else in the industry, certainly in conversational AI as well. And I did notice we have over 5 ,000 stories written in Voicebot .ai. And Eric has more stories than I do these days. I think I only have around 15 to 1600 of those. So there you go. Eric is the font of wisdom, and we'll get right into this. And I think, Eric, the top story this week, or I think one of the most interesting stories of this week, and I wanted to feature it, was that OpenAI came out with this blog post that suggests that you use GPT -4 to moderate your GPT -4 -based applications or your other large language model applications. And one of the things that was very interesting about it is OpenAI generally, they put out announcements about their product. They don't generally put out announcements around some sort of best practice or technique to use their product. And I'll give you, so that's like one thing, and I think some of the other things we'll talk about this in terms of what it is and what it is not, is it has this whole little flow chart of sort of what you're doing in terms of how to think about the architecture for applying GPT -4 to moderation. And Synthetia did this helpful overlay of numbers, because otherwise, how would you figure out what's the order of operations here? I looked at it, I was like, oh, well, that's really interesting. So we broke that all down. But there was a couple of things that I was thinking about here is like what it's not. And what it is not is it is not moderating, although you could potentially moderate, it's not moderating the output of the LLM. That's not what their focus of this is. And it's not about moderating, so hallucinations or the bad things that the LLM might say. And it's also not using it to moderate social media spaces or things like that, although potentially it could be used for that. It's about moderating the inputs. And it's actually a little interesting because the video that they had describing it actually makes you think that it's about, they show this chart, which was really about moderators who were looking at things basically that have already been put up. But no, that's not what it's about. It's about this idea of training a model based on your policies, your content policies, and then scoring the prompts to see if they are acceptable use or not. And if they're not, then you would obviously come back with a message to them, we don't do that or something like it. But the first thing it needs to do is do this filtering. Is this prompt OK? Yeah, it's funny. These terms are, there are all these technical terms that are then used by the general public and sometimes they're not always the same. And I feel like, honestly, in terms of content moderation, there should be one specifically for these definitions so they can make sure that people are using the term correctly. But I think OpenAI is not wrong in terms of what the AI could do as a content moderator for these kinds of inputs. But I don't know, I question how much fine tuning would be necessary in order for it to parse the acceptable from the unacceptable when the distinction is not very obvious, when it's not very obviously something that shouldn't be going in if it's something that's on the margins. Yeah, absolutely. Shout out to Dave Gerbino, who just rolled into the YouTube livestream. I know there's a bunch of people on LinkedIn as well. Let us know if you're out there. Make comments on this as well. We'll incorporate them in the show, ask questions. All those things are welcome here at GAIN. That's why we do this live. So, yeah, I think this is really interesting. And one of the points that I brought out in the Cintidia article was that we're talking a lot about the LLM outputs. And that is actually important. And you're going to have content and policy guidelines associated with what's appropriate for the LLM to talk about. On the back end, you might want to do some analysis of that. Is this appropriate? That's in addition to the hallucination checking, which is truthfulness. We've got to think about appropriateness as well as truthfulness on the back end. And these same techniques that they're using to identify appropriateness, moderation, for the inputs, the prompts, they could use for the outputs from the LLM to make sure that it stays within the guardrails. In fact, that's essentially – or that's one of the ways the guardrails actually work. But there's less conversation about the idea of putting guardrails or moderation around the inputs. And you would think about this more in terms of like social media because user -generated content is something that needs to be moderated. Now, is that algorithmically or the human reviewers? Are there other types of automatic stops? All these techniques actually exist in the social media space. In the large language model space, generative AI space, there is this co -creation element. So the prompt is kind of like UGC. And most of the examples are like, you know, making bombs or other types of violence or things that the model doesn't want you to ask about because it doesn't want to answer about it. It's like out of scope for what they will do. So that's the idea there. But there's also this idea of security, which is going to start coming up really significantly, because there might be some things, not just like it would be uncomfortable or outside of your policy, but there might be some things that people attempt to do with prompt in order to violate security along these lines, too. So I think this is going to become a bigger issue going forward. And I'm kind of happy they did this. Oh, there's one other thing, too, I'll just throw in and I'll throw it back to you to close it out. They talk about this idea you can use GPT -4, which is like very good to train, essentially, and it creates this prediction model about whether something is in or outside of the policy guidance. But then you use that to train a smaller model, which then can be your moderator, your automated inline moderator for this identification. And why would you do that? Because, well, GPT -4 is kind of slow, but more importantly, what they're talking about is lower cost. And you want to save on all those inference costs. And these smaller models are just far cheaper to run. Yeah, that concept makes sense of having these sort of micro monitoring and then obviously with the ability to toss things up the chain as though we're a human moderation system. I think this is going to be important, but it does have that weird sort of like, speaking of security, it's like you want to make sure people aren't putting in proprietary information, but that means somehow you have to train it to spot proprietary information, which feels like a bit of a paradox. Yeah, absolutely. And somewhere I did put in, I think, one of these posts, GPT - $ instead of the number, because it is interesting, Alan Furstenberg just said, so an LLM to watch the output of the LLM. Do we need an LLM to watch the LLM that watches the output? And the answer is yes, exactly. And so isn't this amazing? We're implementing all these LLM based solutions and they have potential problems. And what's the solution? Another LLM. So always good that we're just one step ahead of these problems that people have that we're creating, but then we're solving. And it's actually all pretty benign, I think, for the most part. But I was happy to see that they did post it because we should see some more of the sharing of best practices about how to do this and recommendations. And they have an incentive to do it because this is going to be something that could be a blocker for systems going live. And if they then propose a solution to the blocker for going live, then they can get more people bringing systems live using GPT large language models and all good for them. OK, but there's another story here about adoption and adoption of large language models. And Eric, you had a story this week from some IBM data around what's going on in the enterprise. In fact, there's so much going on in the enterprise in terms of adoption. But why is that? Yeah, there's a real excitement when we see so many stories about companies being excited to employ generative AI in different ways. You know, investment rounds that seem out of proportion sometimes to the size of a company or where it's at in its product development. But yeah, there's evidence that there's just so much pressure in both the positive and potentially negative sense from all stakeholders in a company. You know, it's not just the development teams that are pushing for it. It's the boards, it's the employees, it's the investors. They all are urging company executives to look for ways to bring generative AI into business models. And, you know, the data from IBM shows that the CEOs are just as happy to start bringing in. There's 69 percent of CEOs in this study said that they see broad benefits from generative AI across their organization. every And it's source that might want to emphasize caution or slow things down, which is sometimes the case in certain industries or for certain kinds of technology. And generally speaking, all the inputs that executives get says, go ahead, keep going. Right. Exactly. And Yeah. the signals are strong. I mean, two -thirds of board members and just about two -thirds of investors, CEOs, 3 ,000 CEOs across the globe said, hey, yeah, I'm getting pressure from those two areas to implement generative AI in some way. And also interestingly, like 49 percent said that customers were pressuring them as well. And you might wonder why customers are. Well, one of the things might be features, but the other thing is cost. And I've seen that. I've actually talked to some companies who are working with generative AI today and they've already had customers ask them how much of a discount do I get now that using generative AI because they know that there's going to be some productivity gains. And that's really where this comes from. I think you have some articles coming up fairly soon about this. And this is going to be something we're going to talk a lot more about. We've been overwhelmed by the news and the news has been very important. But over the next coming weeks, we're going to be talking a lot more about market data because we're starting to see some data that actually is pretty useful because it's based on behavior, not just based on forecasts. And so forecasts are OK because they're based on assumptions and some of those can be tested. But when we start seeing behavior and we start seeing data that sort of indicates why behavior is taking place, that's going to be really interesting. So we have a lot of stuff I know that you're working on, Eric, to bring out over the next month on this front. Yeah, it's definitely some indications that this is much more than the excitement over a new fad and that this feels much more fundamentally. I mean, how good is this? CEOs are always like they always want to do these initiatives and they have to convince their board, they have to convince their investors that they're spending their money wisely. 70 percent of CEOs want to do something with generative AI because they think they're going to get some sort of great benefit out of it. And oh, by the way, all their constituencies want them to do it, too. So this is one of the things where if you think of organizational friction that can stop the adoption of new technologies, new techniques, processes, it's not there. In fact, it's like an organizational lubricant for driving adoption in this space. Yeah, and it helps that a lot of, not everything about this technology, but there are many facets of it that have an immediate impact or have very easy to grasp effects on a business. So it's not trying to convince people of some obtuse new technical thing that won't be obviously changing the business. Immediate cost savings. Yeah, and we'll have a conversation next week, I think, about some people thinking that like, oh, that this market's in trouble and all that. Like the data I'm seeing suggests it's not because people are spending money on this already. OK, so and oh, another place that people are spending money is in the generative AI funding fountain.
A highlight from Telefonica and VUI Agency Talk about Generative and Conversational AI in the Contact Center - Vociebot Podcast Ep 346
"This is episode 346 of the VoiceBot Podcast. My guests today are Sara Hoyevsky of Telefonica and Patrick Esslinger from Vui Agency. We talk about conversational AI and generative AI in the Contact Center. Welcome back, VoiceBot Nation, to another amazing interview. I am sure you're going to like this one. I'm Brett Kinsella, host of the VoiceBot Podcast. Each week for over six years I've had the privilege of sitting down with true innovators in conversational AI, generative AI, and synthetic media, and to bring you their insights and perspectives. It is my honor to do that, and today we're talking about the Contact Center. Sara Hoyevsky of Telefonica talks about her journey that really followed the recent maturation of conversational AI, and we get inside information, insights into her most recent project, creating a generative AI solution to help customers. Sara is joined by Patrick Esslinger, co -founder of Vui Agency, which in specializes conversational experience design, and has worked on several Telefonica projects. By the way, if you want to follow the generative AI market more closely, I recommend you sign up for the Synthetia daily newsletter. That's where I, yes me, I break down the top stories, trends in data, and generative AI. Join a few thousand of your peers that I would fondly suggest are the most erudite observers of the business and technology of generative AI, and you can join in the conversation. We'd love to see you there. You can sign up for free at bit .ly forward slash synthetia. That's bit .ly forward slash synthetia, like S -Y -N -T -H -E -D -I -A, Synthetic Media Synthetia. There you go. I definitely hope to see you there. Join us. Okay, Sara Hoyevsky is the manager of AI and automation at Telefonica Germany. She became the business lead for customer -facing AI initiatives in 2020 after three years working on innovative solutions, such as Telefonica's Aura voice assistant. Some of you may remember Aura. Patrick Esslinger, co -founder of WUI Agency. He did that in 2017. They started it as a specialty agency dedicated to improving voice user interface design for enterprises. He previously co -founded Nanoku, and he has a master's degree in engineering from Technical University of Munich. Next up, conversational AI, intelligent assistants, and generative AI in the Contact Center. Let's get started.
A highlight from Generative AI News This Week - Is ChatGPT Dying? Generative AI Market Data, Meta Challenges OpenAI, ElevenLabs & More - Voicebot Podcast Ep 347
"This is episode 347 of the Voicebot Podcast. Today we have the 29th edition of the Generative AI News Rundown. Is chat GPT dying? What does market data tell us about generative AI adoption? Meta hits open AI directly, 11 labs goes multilingual, and more. Hello Voicebot Nation, and to all my friends in Synthidia land, I'm Brett Kinsella, the host of the Voicebot Podcast, and we have generative AI news for you today. As always, you can listen here, or you can head over to YouTube and watch the recording if you want to see some visuals and talking heads. This week, you might have more of an incentive to watch on YouTube because we show a lot of market data charts, and so if you want to see them, that's a good place to do it. However, we do describe them as well, so you can listen here and get the full story. If you do want to watch, I think you know where to go, youtube .com forward slash voicebotai, that's just one word, youtube .com forward slash voicebotai. Please give us a like and subscribe if you do head over there. Otherwise, lean back and get ready for the rundown. The top stories this week include, what does market data say about generative AI adoption? We look at 10 charts that explain a lot about what is happening. Meta takes on open AI, once again, with an open source speech recognition system, Seamless is a direct competitor for open AI's Whisper, really the first one. Other stories this week include, open AI brings fine -tuning to GPT 3 .5 Turbo and GPT -4, 11 Labs, Monster's a multilingual generative AI voice model, the Allen Institute releases an open text dataset to boost AI transparency, a US judge rules on whether generative AI works can be copyrighted, TikTok parent ByteDance releases a generative AI chatbot in China, what might that tell us? The generative AI winners and losers of the week and a bit more. Next up, what the data say, meta versus open AI, language, law, social media chatbots, and more. Let's get started.
A highlight from 1387: One Bitcoin Will Be Worth $1 Billion By This Date - Fidelity
"Let's get it. In today's show, I'll be breaking down the latest technical analysis, as well as breaking news. Google Cloud to digitize El Salvador's governance, healthcare, and education, as well as Elon Musk's ex moves closer to crypto payments with their newest state license they just received, as well as breaking news. The SEC's first deadlines to approve seven Bitcoin ETFs are coming over the next week. We'll also be discussing Grayscale's roadmap to a Bitcoin spot ETF following the most recent SEC triumph, as well as Fidelity, one of the world's largest asset managers that currently control over four and a half trillion in assets under management are predicting a $1 billion price action for each Bitcoin. In fact, did you know they started accumulating Bitcoin all the way back in 2014, literally almost a decade ago? We'll also be taking a look at overall crypto market, all this plus so much more in today's show. 87. That's right. I'm your host JV. And we have a jam -packed session for you today. Looking at the market watch here, we can see Bitcoin after almost staying above 28 ,000. Unfortunately, it broke that support and we're back down to 27 ,200 at this time, but Ether also back in the red down 2 % for the day trading at just above $1 ,700. And checking out coinmarketcap .com, we're barely sitting above a trillion dollars, which is that milestone we've been sitting at for quite some time regarding the overall crypto market and about 34 billion in volume in the past 24 hours with the Bitcoin dominance at 48 .9 % with the Ether dominance at 18 .9%. And checking out the top 100 crypto gainers of the past 24 hours, we have XDC up 8 % trading at 6 .4 cents, followed by TonCoin up 6 % trading at $1 .75, followed by BlockStax up almost 3 % trading just under 53 cents and checking out the top 100 crypto gainers for the past week. Yesterday was a sea of green as the price action pumped literally $2 ,000 in a span of 30 minutes off of the news of the SEC losing their trial versus grayscale with the conversion of the GBTC product into a spot ETF. But today we have corrected some with HEXB crypto greed and fear index. We're currently rated a 49, which is neutral. Yesterday was a 39 in fear last week at 37 and last month a 50, which is neutral. So there you have it. How many of you are currently bullish on the king crypto? Let me know. And how many of you are anticipating a lower price action so you can keep stacking them sats on the low? Holla at your boy. Now let's break down today's Bitcoin technical analysis. Check out the charts and what is popping right now in the markets. As you can see here, Bitcoin drifted towards $27 ,000, which again, we're just sitting above $27 ,200 at the time of this recording. At the Wall Street open, the dust settled on the digital asset manager, grayscale's legal victory. Here you're looking at the Bitcoin one hour candle chart. Now data from Cointelegraph showed a positive verdict for grayscale against US regulators, sparking almost 8 % gains. Bitcoin managed to tap $28 ,100 on Bitstamp, its highest in almost two weeks, before returning to the current level. So despite closing the daily candle above two key moving averages, these had yet to return as definitive intraday support. And on the day, analysts were quite cautious. In a quick take post from on -chain analyst Crypto Quant, he goes on to share, noting that the grayscale move had originated on derivative exchanges. So despite funding rates remaining fairly neutral, there was a clear absence of value. However, it is difficult to see that the spot exchange led the price increase when the Bitcoin price rose yesterday. The reason is that the trading volume ratio shows that it had decrease rather than increase. Now additional data showed trading volumes were still below those seen during the upticks of earlier this year, quoting them here. Of course, there is a tendency for prices to change significantly, even with small trading volumes, because of the overall liquidity in the crypto market, which has decreased. However, it seems that there is a need to be a little cautious about the fact that this rally leads to a dramatic rally. Now let's discuss many similarities to Bitcoin's all -time high. According to crypto analyst Brett Capital, quoting him here, we're seeing many similarities between the double top of 2021 and what we're seeing right now, he warned. Should the similarities play out and Bitcoin produce a full fractal, 26 ,000 would flip from support to resistance to initiate further downside. So for the time being, we're seeing a lot of signs really playing into all of this in which he reiterated alongside this chart. Now, another target analysts are talking about right now is 23 ,000 becoming increasingly important. Rec capital likewise flagged that level of 23K as a prominent level versus the 2022 bear market bottom structure and inverse head and shoulders pattern, as he mentioned here, that's the level that we can see the price rebound from. So there you have it. Let me know if you feel we're likely to drop sub 25 ,000, potentially touch 23 before rising back up. Or do you think we'll take off from here, off of one of the biggest news stories of the year, which is a big fat L for the SEC and a big fat victory for the entire crypto industry. Let me know your thoughts. And with that being shared, fam, now let's discuss breaking news coming out of El Salvador with Google, which is actually quite interesting. Yesterday, I saw Nigel Bokele made a tweet and this is what it was in regards to Google Cloud announced a new partnership with the government of El Salvador. Interesting, right? On August 29th to establish an office and provide Google distributed cloud services in their country, the partnership aims to digitize the country, update government services and improve the healthcare and educational systems. The GDC will also help bring infrastructure closer to where data is generated for El Salvador. Bokele, the country's president said he believes El Salvador is quickly becoming a hub for innovation. As he shares here, El Salvador is moving forward. We believe technology and foreign investment are key for development. And here's where he announced the partnership in this, I shouldn't say tweet anymore, but on this post on X quoting Bokele, Google plans to establish operations in El Salvador and he shared the official press release from Google. Now, Thomas Curain, the CEO of Google Cloud said he believes cloud computing can truly transform Latin America. As shared here, access to cloud computing has dramatically expanded across industries and regions throughout the world, he said, enabling both small companies and the public sector to utilize the very same apps and services as more mature markets. Now, Cointelegraph also reached out to Google Cloud for additional comments on its recent expansion. The additional GDC infrastructure will help support El Salvador's active stance on Bitcoin adoption and integration into society. It allows for Bitcoin full nodes with ordinal protocol support. And additionally, back on August 8th, a few weeks ago, El Salvador granted the crypto exchange Binance a license to offer crypto services to users in the country. Bitcoin had began as legal tender in El Salvador back in 2021. And recently the Bitcoin Beach Initiative took to the classroom and taught over 25 ,000 students about Bitcoin, helping them earn a Bitcoin diploma via the country's educational system. The country has already seen immediate returns on the program with the example of one teenager who earned the diploma and then returned to his former school to teach the educators about the digital asset. That's what's up. I think mass adoption is likely to continue, especially in places like El Salvador that are ahead of the rest of the world. And I think more and more major companies are going to be opening up shop because it just makes so much sense. Why wouldn't they? That's why Binance just got their license. Jack Mallers Strike Company just got their license. Bitfinex got their license and they're opening up shop. And I believe that the Bitcoin game theory is in full effect and will continue to play out as the days go by. And with that being shared, fam, now let's break down our next story of the day. As you probably know, major news was actually released yesterday regarding X, which is the platform owned by Elon Musk to integrate crypto payments. We made a pretty big development, so let's break this down before we dissect the ETF deadlines. Rhode Island's regulators have granted X, formerly known as Twitter, a currency transmitter license, marking a step forward for the company's foray into the financial services sector. The license is legally required for companies conducting financial activities on behalf of users related to sending and receiving money, a definition that includes both fiat as well as crypto assets. Now, this approval will allow for X to custody, transfer and exchange digital currencies. Now, X's Rhode Island currency transmitter license was approved on August 28th, two days ago, according to the nationwide multi -state licensing system, NMLS. The move marks an important step forward for Elon's push for X to become an everything app, which would include crypto as well as fiat payments. Now, naturally, social networks like X are massive, so this could help usher in that mass adoption. Now, while sources have suggested that X's upcoming payments feature will initially only offer support for fiat currencies, Elon had reportedly instructed developers at X to build the platform's payment system in such a way that crypto functionality can be added into the future. Yeah, if you're not integrating Bitcoin into your payment system, then do you even have a payment system for the future as Bitcoin is the future of money? Just saying. The approval comes nearly two months after X secured money transmitter licenses, also in Michigan, Missouri, and New Hampshire, which were well -approved on July 5th. X's latest license marks a total of seven American states it secured transmitter licenses in, so my guess is they're going to have to continue getting more and more licenses for all the states. It remains unclear exactly what financial offerings will be made available if and when X rolls out their payments feature. People familiar with the company's plans have indicated that X will initially offer fiat currency transaction services similar to PayPal, which Musk co -founded with room for future crypto integration. Do you think Bitcoin will likely be an announcement that they will be accepting crypto payments? I mean, who cares about Doge if you don't have Bitcoin integrated? So, I feel Bitcoin is a given if they're going to be integrating crypto and it seems to be going that way. But how do you feel this is likely to play out? Let me know your honest thoughts in the comments right down below. And now let's break down everything you need to know regarding the recent spot ETF deadlines for the United States and regulators. And after we discuss all these deadlines, we're going to specifically be talking about the GBTC Grayscale product, getting that victory over the SEC and what that means moving forward with the Grayscale Bitcoin ETF. And then we'll be dissecting Fidelity, one of the largest asset managers in the world, and their $1 billion Bitcoin price prediction. And then we'll wrap up with our live Q &A. So yeah, let's discuss this. The US SEC is facing its first deadlines to decide on seven spot Bitcoin ETF apps, with the latest being September 4th, which is what, virtually five days away amid its defeat to Grayscale Investments in the US Federal Appeals Court. Investment firm Bitwise will learn if its ETF will win the SEC's approval September 1st, which is what, two days away. While BlackRock, VanEck, Fidelity, Invesco, and WisdomTree will all be awaiting the SEC's decision for their funds by September 2nd, three days away, according to several SEC filings. So, that's right around the corner. It's going to be a big week. Meanwhile, Valkyrie is set to hear back from the SEC on September 4th. The US Court of Appeals ruled on August 29th that the SEC's rejection of Grayscale's app to convert their GBTC into a spot Bitcoin ETF was arbitrary and capricious. But this doesn't mean that the SEC must approve Grayscale's app or others in the future, says Bloomberg ETF analyst, James Safart. And in August 29th Bloomberg Review, he explained that Grayscale's win will definitely increase the odds of a successful outcome for the SEC. But he is unsure when that day may come though, as the SEC can delay his decisions and has two more proposed deadlines for each fund before being forced to make a final decision on the 240th day post filing. Now, what a shame it would be if they make us wait the 240th final day before giving an answer. But hey, don't run it by them. I mean, don't put it past them, especially with Mr. No Clarity Gary as the chairman. But anyways, for the awaiting applicants, the final deadlines for the SEC are all in mid -March of next year. And as someone shared here, odd and free, 99 .9999 % chance that the world doesn't know that the SEC has to decide on seven Bitcoin ETFs within the next three days. And this does include the largest asset manager in the world, BlackRock, Bitwise, VanEck, WisdomTree, Investico, Fidelity, and Valkyrie. The suits are at our doorstep per each. And how many of you weren't aware of that, that the decision within the next seven days is going to be on those seven major asset managers. Now, after the August 29th ruling in favor of Grayscale, the regulators have 90 days to file an appeal with the US Supreme Court or apply for an en banc review where the full circuit court can overturn a ruling made by a three judge panel. However, the SEC hasn't made clear what the next move will be. If the SEC doesn't appeal, the court will need to specify how its ruling is executed, which could include instructing the SEC to approve Grayscale's app or at the very least revisit it. But either way, Safer only saw two viable options for the regulator. The first option is to concede defeat and approve Grayscale's conversion of its GBTC as a Bitcoin spot ETF. But alternatively, the SEC would need to revoke the listing of Bitcoin futures ETFs entirely or deny Grayscale's app based on a new argument, says Safer, quoting him here, the second potential avenue is to deny on reasons not used before yet, which I have been saying for months could have to do with custody or settlements of Bitcoin, which is not something that futures ETFs have to worry about. The SEC has made a lot of noise around custodians. However, fellow Bloomberg ETF analyst, Eric Balchunes, considered the odds of the SEC revoked in the Bitcoin futures ETFs as highly unlikely because of the SEC reported openness to Ethereum futures ETFs, in which he makes a great point, quoting Eric here. This guy turned the last paragraph of Judge Rao's legal smackdown today into a MGMTS stylish banger, really captures the modern. Well done. Well, so there you have it. I guess this is some song I haven't even listened to yet. So I'll jam to it a little later on. We'll see if it's any good. But anyways, fam, how do you think this is likely to play out by the SEC? Do you think they're likely to approve any of these seven ETFs or do you think they'll just continue to push it back until next year? Let me know your honest thoughts in the comments right down below. Now let's dive deeper with the latest breaking news regarding the grayscale ETF and their conversion of their product into a spot ETF. And did you know that their product literally has over 600 ,000 BTC? Hence, they'd be the perfect candidate for a spot Bitcoin ETF because they already hold the underlying asset. They don't need to purchase it. So I mean, they'd be a prime candidate along with BlackRock. Which one will get approval first is the million dollar question, but let's break it down. In a seismic shift for the Bitcoin industry, the DC Circuit Court ruled in favor of grayscale investments yesterday, which is breaking news, which we've been hearing all across social media. Now, Jake Stravinsky, the chief policy officer at Blockchain Association, described the ruling as massive, emphasizing it's extremely rare for a federal circuit court to find an agency like the SEC in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act. Stravinsky stated that the DC Circuit soundly rejected the SEC's view that grayscale's ETF proposal was not designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices. So good for them. He also pointed out that the court did not order the SEC to approve the proposal, but rather mandated a review of grayscale's proposal with the court's ruling in mind. Stravinsky speculated on two possible scenarios for the SEC's next steps. One theory suggests the SEC could find another reason to include no clarity Gary towards crypto. And alternatively, the SEC might take this as a semi graceful exit from their anti ETF stance, especially under political pressure from traditional finance sectors ready for a Bitcoin ETF as we are long overdue. They first rejected the first Bitcoin ETF for a spot in the United States over a decade ago. And the app was from the Winklevoss twins with Gemini, just FYI. Now, many other issuers have proposed ETFs this year, include BlackRock and Larry Fink throws heavy punches in DC. Therefore, here's what the lawyer thinks. The only question is if the SEC wants to make this more painful for itself. Trust me, if there is another denial, there'll be another lawsuit. I strongly recommend that the SEC picks sooner. Let's see. Now, James Safart, the ETF analyst over at Bloomberg, corroborated the significance of the ruling stating it's a complete and utter rebuke of the SEC spot Bitcoin ETF denial orders. And quoting him here, I was initially thinking something like a deadline of 45 days or 60 days, but nothing in here saying that. However, he noted that the SEC has 45 days to file for that en banc hearing, which would involve all 17 judges on the court, good Lord, as opposed to the initial subset panel of only three judges. The Bloomberg analysts also outlined two main motions for the SEC. If they still wish to prevent the spot Bitcoin ETFs from listing, they either need to revoke the listing of Bitcoin futures ETFs or denied based on new reasons, possibly related to custodial or settlement issues, which have been a focal point for the SEC staff accounting bulletin 121. Now, Adam Cochran, partner of CEHV added another layer to the timeline speculation. He alludes to the SEC's pending decision on six other Bitcoins spot ETF filings due by September 1st for Bitwise and September 2nd for BlackRock, Fidelity and others. Here's what he had to share. Some folks are getting ahead of themselves thinking that grayscale decisions means bulk approval of ETFs by this Friday. Likely not the case. My hunches were looking at a late October, November timeline for an approval still, unless the SEC appeals in which case next spring. Now I'm not a gambling man, but if I was a gambling man, I just want to throw out there. I don't think the SEC has any intention to approve a spot Bitcoin ETF in the United States anytime soon because their actions demonstrate the complete opposite. The only thing they have interest in approving are more futures ETFs so they can continue to manipulate the markets through derivatives, which are financial weapons of mass destruction. Quoting Warren Buffett, it is what it is, but nonetheless, this is still a victory overall because they could only push it back for so long. And especially with BlackRock demanding, I shouldn't say demanding, but in so many words, they're the one that started this domino effect with new ETF apps arising with the SEC. They are the largest asset manager in the world, controlling over $10 trillion in assets under management. So I think if Larry Fink wants something, it's going to get done. But the million dollar question becomes when? I think they're going to push it back this year and probably spring next year, we're going to finally start to see the approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs in the United States. And as soon as we get that approval, that can help usher in literally trillions upon trillions of dollars that are currently sitting on the sidelines directly in to the best crypto asset in the world, which is none other than BTC. If you'd love to see that happen, let me know. And by what date or deadline do you think we're likely to get that first approval? And you already know once that approval comes, money is going to start ushering in and the Bitcoin price is going to go parabolic and in perfect time because we also have another major bullish catalyst around the corner. Six months out, the scheduled halving is estimated to be sometime in April of 2024. So between the ETF apps being approved by the United States regulators and the Bitcoin halving, I couldn't be more bullish on Bitcoin right now, which leads us to our next story of the day, which is going to be a $1 billion prediction from one of the largest asset managers in the world, which is Fidelity. Let's break this down. Then we'll dive into our live Q &A. Make sure to say hello in the live chat. Let me know where you're tuning in from. A massive shout out to everyone interacting. I greatly appreciate all the continued support. So here we go. $1 billion. That's a lot of zeros. That is nine to be exact. In 2021, a billion dollars seems like a lot of money. FYI, Fidelity initially made this prediction in 2021. I also want to point out here from some tweets, Fidelity head of sales, quoting them here, we started mining and accumulating Bitcoin all the way back in 2014. I bet you a lot of you did not know that. This was kind of under the radar, but they have been accumulating BTC almost for the past decade. So is this a surprise that they're predicting a $1 billion Bitcoin price by 2038? They're putting their money where their mouth is. But anyways, we have Julian Timmer, Director of Global Macro Fidelity, believing that one Bitcoin could be worth $1 billion per coin by the year 2038. Send it and let's go. Timmer also believes that the orange coin could hit $1 million before this decade is over, which means by the year 2030, roughly seven years away. So that would represent a 20X multiple, the current Bitcoin market price of 48 ,000. But now obviously we're half that price of what we was. So that would now be 40X. And I know anyone can make predictions like that, but Timmer lays out his cause using his own valuation model and another well -known model, which we all know here on the channel, known as the stock, the flow. Timmer's demand model is based upon Metcalfe's law. Metcalfe holds that as the number of users of a network grows linearly, the value of the network grows exponentially. Thus, if the number of users doubled, its value would grow at four times or the square of two. Now Timmer's demand model grows steadily to about $1 million by the chart. Now, by contrast, now let's discuss the stock to flow model created by synonymous analysts. Plan B is based on the supply of new coins growing at a decreasing rate each year. This occurs because of the built -in happenings every four years. So given increases and adoption and demand, the result will be prices expanding exponentially. Indeed, the price of Bitcoin has grown approximately 10X every four years. Take that, Peter Schiff. These are facts, not just by 50 % slowdown in supply, pretty powerful stuff. That's right. Now, stock to flow predicts even faster growth in the price than does Timmer's demand model, especially after the year 2030. As I commonly cover here in the show, the stock to flow model is projecting roughly a half a million dollar Bitcoin price past the halving in 2024. In fact, the model shows a very wide array in their expectation, anywhere from a hundred thousand to a million dollars, with a half a million being dead in the middle, hence in a couple of episodes previously, if you missed it, we discussed Plan B's most recent prediction, which he shared on his YouTube channel, that he believes the Bitcoin price will be north of $530 ,000 per coin proceeding the Bitcoin halving in 2024. But let's get back to this math. This is the stock to flow model you're looking at right here. Now let's go back over here. This is some more insights. Timmer stated the value of the dollar changes in relation to other assets. And he further pointed out that just a dollar invested in stocks in the 18th century would be worth $4 billion in today's money. Isn't that insanity? Talk about super hyperinflation. So going by this assumption, $1 million in today's money can be worth a billion dollars in 20 years time. Good Lord. You better start stacking them now, fam. So changes in the dollar's value, especially depreciation over several decades, render the same amount with less purchasing power, which is why huge sums back then appear less by today's standards. For instance, $1 million can purchase a lot of significant things a few decades ago, but in today's perspective, reasonably higher end houses in the US cost between, I would say $200 ,000 and $500 ,000. The same $1 million may not suffice for the same class of houses today. This is a fact. Just here in Puerto Rico alone, I've seen the real estate market literally shoot up 100 to 300 % since moving to this island roughly four years ago. And that's not just an exception to the rule. It's all across the United States, hyperinflation. I mean, check out the rent prices. That will give us some insights to the true nature of inflation. You can check out Zillow, check out real estate five years ago in comparison today, and you'll probably see something quite similar. But anyways, there's an increasing number of billionaires across the globe. Facts. Some observers even believe we may see the first trillionaire in this lifetime. I think it could potentially be CZ, the finance CEO, or even Michael Saylor of MicroStrategy. Now, the same applies to organizations with several companies now passing the $1 trillion mark valuation cap. Fidelity previously pegged Bitcoin to hit $1 million in initial prediction made by Jerry and Timmer by the year 2035. However, he ultimately said, we're way too conservative. Let's move this target on up from $1 million by the year 2035 to $1 billion by the year 2038. So there you have it. Do you feel the Bitcoin price can likely exceed their conservative target of $1 million by the year 2030 within the next seven years and hit as high as $100 million to $1 billion per coin by the year 2038? Let me know your honest thoughts in the comments right down below. And don't forget to check out cryptonewsalerts .net for the full premium experience with video and to participate in the live Q &A. And I look forward to seeing you on tomorrow's episode. HODL.
A highlight from Week in Review - Episode 20
"Welcome to The Mike Gallagher Show week in review podcast. I'm Eric Hanson. A lot of things happening this week, including the first GOP debate and the fourth arrest and indictment for Donald Trump. Let's begin with some post debate analysis. Mike thought that Ron DeSantis really needed to have a breakout night and didn't on the debate stage on Wednesday night. And without that, he may never catch Donald Trump. Nothing really came from the debate. Nobody reached out of the TV and grabbed you and said, I'm the person. There all annoyed with Vivek, which means Vivek probably had a great night. The two biggest establishment politicians on that stage, Mike Pence and Chris Christie, seemed to despise Vivek Ramaswamy, which was weird. I have to tell you, angry, petulant, aggressive Mike Pence is a weird look. I think of Mike Pence as this sort of avuncular, kind, gentlemanly, polite, God -fearing man. No, no, no. He kept talking over, going too long. Here's Brett Baer chastising him at one point. Please, please, Mr. Vice President, we got to follow the rules here. And Mike Pence, but he was rattled by Vivek Ramaswamy. They all seem to be. And isn't that interesting? Why? Why were they so rattled by Vivek? Well, let's look at him for a moment. He's not a politician. He's an outsider. He's a gazillionaire. Sounds like anybody you know. Here's Donald Trump's explanation about why he didn't go last night. And I got up today, I go through all of the early, early morning. I'm up at 5 36 in the morning. I go through all the news sites. One of the sites I always review is Axios. I like Mike Allen's work. I mean, their left of center, their mainstream headline at Axios, the big winner of the debate last night was Donald Trump. Trump wasn't even there. And according to Axios, Donald Trump won the debate last night by a landslide. Here he was last night explaining to Tucker on X why he didn't go to the debate. I'm leading by 50 and 60 points. And you know, some of them are at one and zero and two. And I'm saying, do I sit there for an hour or two hours, whatever it's going to be and get harassed by people that shouldn't even be running for president? Should I be doing that? But I just felt it would be more appropriate not to do the debate. I don't think it's right to do it. If you're leading by 50, 60, I have one problem leading by 70 points. And I'm saying, why am I doing it? And I'm going to have eight people, 10 people, whoever made the debate. I don't know how many it is, but I'm going to have all these people screaming at me, shouting questions at me, all of which I love answering. I love doing, but it doesn't make sense to do them. So I've taken a pass. I told you that Ron DeSantis had to have a huge night. He had to have an epic night. He had to have a game changing night. If he didn't, the campaign is over. Well, he didn't have a night that he needed to have if he wanted any chance at all of catching Donald Trump. I mean, he's down 30, 40, 50 points in the polls. And I wonder if you agree with Jason Miller on NBC, who opined that the DeSantis campaign is now pretty much over. And he held his own last night and he could tout a great record in Florida. He had to have that meteoric night. That's the only chance he had to begin catching up and making up all this lost ground. He didn't have it, but I want to play Jason Miller for you and what he said to Chuck Todd on NBC. And then I want to turn it over to you to see if you agree with this. Listen. President Trump looked like a genius by skipping the pig pile tonight and instead doing the interview with Tucker Carlson, which by the way, Chuck just hit 87 million views. So what, probably 10, a little more than tenfold than watch the rest of the folks have their cat fight tonight. But here's the other thing. I think it's a really important point. I heard someone earlier on the panel say they thought that sanctimonious did okay. That's not right. We saw the death of Ron DeSantis' campaign tonight as Vivek Ramaswamy leapfrog him into second place. DeSantis didn't do good enough for him to tread water. He had to have a breakout moment and Ramaswamy completely outshone him. I knew President Trump wasn't going to be there tonight. I didn't know Ron DeSantis was going to skip the debate as well. Now, Ron DeSantis didn't skip the debate at all, but let's be honest, Ron DeSantis with the awkward pauses and the frozen smile, he's not the warm, colorful personality and effective communicator that we've become used to.
A highlight from The Mike and Mark Davis Daily Chat - 08/24/23
"Turbulent times call for clear -headed insight that's hard to come by these days, especially on TV. That's where we come in. Salem News Channel has the greatest collection of conservative minds all in one place. People you know and trust, like Dennis Prager, Eric Metaxas, Charlie Kirk, and more. Unfiltered, unapologetic truth. Find what you're searching for at snc .tv and on Local Now Channel 525. Boys and Queen get it right. The show must go on. This one surely does with the Eminem segment and last night the show was on on the debate stage in Milwaukee. I'm tingling with anticipation as my buddy Mike Gallagher joins me. How did it all grab you? Well remember it was one of two shows that took place last night. Have you seen the latest number of the Tucker interview with President Trump? You want to guess? I'll tell you what this could be telling because I don't know when somebody said something about it. The last time I heard a number it was 70 some million. You're not even close. You ain't even in the ballpark. 168 million. Tremendous. Now listen the number from the Fox News debate lucky to get five, six, seven million. That'll be a big night. 168 million. Leading the Washington based inside the Beltway news site Axios to proclaim today Trump won the debate last night by a landslide. Mark I'm going to give you a caveat. I said all along I'm going to always be in for whoever the Republican nominee is. That will never change so please remember that. I'm not saying this to say I'm bailing on anybody but I predicted that Ron DeSantis needed to have a great night. He had to have a stellar night. He had to hit it out of the park. He had to be a kind of a game changer. If not his campaign is over. Well guess what? He didn't knock it out of the guy. And you know I've been analyzing even my own reaction to this. Driving in today thinking about this. I hate to play armchair psychiatrist. You hate to judge a presidency or who could be elected president based on your communicative skills, your gestures, your facial expressions, how warm you come across. But I'm sorry that's largely how people vote for people. You've got to be a good communicator. Look at the greatest presidents of our lifetime. Look at the great communicators from Reagan to Trump. They're not awkward. They don't have stilted moments. I mean you see at the end Brett Bear had to prompt poor Governor DeSantis for the closing statement because he stood there with that frozen smile on his face and he wasn't sure when to start. And all night long I saw people posting video clips of that awkward smile that he's not a natural skilled you know warm you know what I mean effervescent politician. Now again shame on all of us for judging policy on that and I'm not saying that. His policies are superb but Joe and Mary Birkin are watching in Omaha and they're saying this guy doesn't win me over. He's awkward. He's a little clunky. And let me just get one more out of the way and then I want to see what you think. I'm on a roll but here's my final takeaway. The moment of the you could boil down the entire debate to about 30 seconds when Brett and Martha with that stupid pension of saying raise your hands like it's awful and I hate it as much as you do but hey nonetheless that's what that's part of nominee. You want to talk about first of all even if convicted right wasn't the question even if he's convicted will you still support what he's going to be convicted.
A highlight from Bidens Disastrous Visit To Hawaii & Are Covid Mandates Coming Back?
"This is your source for breaking news and what to make of it all. This is the Mike Gallagher Show. So, this is surrender week for Donald Trump, as well as the 18 others charged with racketeering in Georgia. These indictments actually are solidifying Trump's support. Pretty much everything that NBC News and the New York Times have told you about the war in Ukraine is a lie. Democrats only blame climate change for their own incompetence. Here's what really happened. Now, from the relieffactor .com studios, here's Mike Gallagher. Oh my gosh. I don't even know where to begin. I don't even know how to start this hour. I am reeling from everything that's coming at us. And if I feel this way, I can only imagine how you feel. The American people are dumbfounded at what we're witnessing north, south, east, west. Look around at the condition of this country. We got to get this country back. And I don't know how we do it. We got a commander in chief who yesterday mumbled through a disastrous speech in Lahaina where authorities fear a thousand people are still missing from these wildfires. In Hawaii, not Ukraine, Maui, United States of America. One of our states, the president shuffled over to meet with Maui wildfire victims. And you know what he said to them? I had a fire in my house once too. And of course, being a high profile guy, the fire is well documented. It was a small kitchen fire. And Joe Biden, I mean, first went on about the tragic passing of his first wife and daughter in a 1970s car accident. Now, I know about loss. I've lost people. I can't imagine me going to your loved one's funeral and saying, hey, you know what? My wife died too. I mean, this man is out of his mind. This guy, and I don't think we can give him a pass. I get, I'm really over saying, well, he's senile. Well, he's senile. No, maybe he's just an awful human being. Maybe he's a narcissistic bad guy. This guy's a narcissist. I saw this clip. Derek played this clip for me. And I said, Derek, stop it. Stop, stop faking me out with videos. He said, Mike, I'm telling you that he said it. I said, Derek, he did not say this. This is a comedian. This is an actor. This, you bear in mind when I play this clip that he had a small kitchen fire that was contained. And that small kitchen fire is what he wanted to tell the grieving people of Hawaii. They have almost a thousand people they can't account for. And this is what the commander in chief said when he was almost forced, I guess, to finally go visit Hawaii and show his support. I don't want to compare difficulties, but we have a little sense, Jill and I, what it's like to lose a home. Years ago, now, 15 years ago, I was in Washington doing Meet the Press. It was a sunny Sunday and lightning struck at home on a little lake that's outside of our home and on a lake, a big pond and hit a wire and came up underneath our home into the heating ducts, the air conditioning duct. Make a long story short, almost lost my wife, my 67 Corvette and my cat. I give you my word that actually happened. That was actually a speech that came out of his mouth. If you're living in Hawaii right now, you've got to be going out of your minds. In fact, I saw the video of people lining the streets, giving in the middle of finger and saying blank you as his motorcade arrived. And what's the media going to do about this one? Hey, news media, you're going to you're going to crucify him the way you spent four years crucifying Donald Trump? Of course not. Of course not. And you know what? You want to know what really sickens me? For all of the bombast and the bluster and the braggadocious persona of Donald Trump, he would never, ever do something like that. He would never denigrate a grieving community like that. By bragging about his small kitchen fire 15 years ago, you've got to be kidding me. You think this guy's going to be on the ballot next year? No way, not a chance. There's a lot of things I'm not sure about, but I am I guarantee if he's in this, if he's willing to say things like that today. And again, don't just give him the pass. Don't just say he's senile. I'm sorry, this is rough and I'm going to have to apologize for what I'm about to say, but this man is rotten to the core. He is a rotten, awful, narcissistic human being. And I know that's harsh, but hey, who cares? That pales in comparison to what they said about the 45th president. And what they're going to say about him on that debate stage tomorrow night. And you know the worst part about the debate tomorrow night? There won't be anybody to refute the crap they're going to throw at Trump. Now, if they're smart, they'll barely mention Trump. I suspect they're not because they're not smart and they can't resist it. They can't resist bagging on the guy. So when they do and when they attack him, there won't be anybody to defend him. You think Brett Bear is going to defend him? You think Martha Macau, you think Asa Hutchinson is going to say anything? Maybe Vivek, maybe Vivek Ramaswamy. I don't know. I am so fired up today and I feel like we are. I just got a text message, Mike, I'm having the same Tuesday you're having. We've all stepped into the twilight zone. Well, you know the good news? I'm normal, relatively speaking, you're normal. We got a lot of us normals who are going to get this country back and we must. Welcome aboard. It's Tuesday, an epic week, August the 22nd, 2023. We're in the Relief Factor studios. Our number is 800 -655 -MIKE. You know what us normals do? We congregate, we gather, we hold on to each other for dear life. So let's do that right now. I want a bunch of calls. Honest to gosh, give me your honest reaction to Joe Biden traveling to Hawaii and talking about his wife's car accident where she was killed in the 70s and the kitchen fire that was contained 15 years ago. That was how he felt he needed to comfort the people of Hawaii by. I gotta, tell me you think he's gonna be on the ticket next year. There's no way. 800 -655 -MIKE, 800 -655 -6453. Hope you join us. Watch The Mike Gallagher Show anywhere, anytime on the Salem News Channel app. Download it on your favorite device today and take Mike wherever you go. Stream anywhere on any device. The Mike Gallagher Show on TV right in your pocket. I'm bringing you the love, the truth, get ready, get ready.
A highlight from Chairman Gallagher on What Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum Should Ask the GOP Candidates About Xi and CCP
"We're proud to announce our brand new ACLJ Life and Liberty Drive. Our legal teams will be focusing on the issues that you, our ACLJ members, have told us matter the most to you, life and religious liberty. Join the ACLJ in the fight to keep America free. Welcome to today's podcast, sponsored by Hillsdale College, all things Hillsdale, Hillsdale dot edu. I encourage you to take advantage of the many free online courses there. And of course, a listen to the Hillsdale dialogues, all of them at Q for Hillsdale dot com or just Google Apple, iTunes and Hillsdale. Morning Glory America Bonjour. Hi, Canada. I'm Hugh Hewitt. Tomorrow night, eight Republicans will meet on the stage in Milwaukee for a debate. I am certain that China will come up the Chinese Communist Party, but I'm not sure how. Brett Baer, of course, coming up later in the program. Martha McCollum, two superb professionals, the equal of anyone else in our business, will be asking the question. But I thought I would talk it through with the chairman of the House Select Committee on Engagement with the Chinese Communist Party. Mike Gallagher, congressman. Good morning. Great to have you. Thank you for joining me. It is great to be with you, Hugh. We're going to come back around to this kind of war, which I finished last night on the recommendation of you. It is a remarkable book. And I had no idea how awful the chai comms were to our American prisoners. I just I didn't know. Did you know that before? Did the Marines teach you that when you were in the Marines? No, there's there's two things that I think, well, a lot of actually our modern thinking about how to prepare people for when they get captured. Think survival of Asian resistance and escape school, which I attended when I was in the Marine Corps actually comes out of the experience of the Korean War, particularly some politically sensitive moments when a few American captives refused actually to go home. There was, of course, this controversy during that time period post Korean War in the 50s about this idea of brainwashing. This is prominently expressed in the fictional book The Manchurian Candidate, which became a major American movie. But a lot of our thinking about how to better prepare pilots in particular because they get shot down for resisting in captivity actually comes out of that period. Well, a couple of takeaways I'll never forget. There are no Turks died in the camps. The Turks are the toughest people in the world, and none of them died in the Chinese Communist Party camps. And the Americans didn't eat everything they could eat because they didn't like it and they died of starvation. But the fact that the Chinese communists treated our men that way is a tell because they've reverted to this mode. They were the hardcore Maoist, Leninist mode in 1950 through 1953, and they've reverted. And that's what I want to talk to you about. I want to ask you at length. We got a lot of time this morning and thank you for the time. If you were advising Brett and Martha based upon your six months, what would you tell them are the major takeaways that you've learned as the chairman of the Select Committee? And how would you suggest they be turned into a question? Take your time, because that's a big that's a big question. What have you learned thus far in six months? And how would you convert that into questions for our candidates? Well, I think the overall thing to realize for these candidates and this advice is worth what they're paying me for it is that there is, in my opinion, something called the commander in chief test. It's not you know, you're not graded A through F. I think it's a pass fail endeavor, but it is absolutely critical. Put differently, I'm not myopic enough to believe that foreign policy or a particular issue of foreign policy is going to win the candidate candidate the election, but it could very well lose them the election. The final thing to say about the assumptions going into this when it comes to foreign policy is that the conventional wisdom is that it doesn't really matter from a political electoral perspective. And there's a lot of social science to support that. I just would say it doesn't matter until it does. It doesn't matter until things go haywire on the world stage and suddenly voters are looking to a prospective commander in chief to communicate, if nothing else, a sense of safety that I have the temperament and the plan to keep America safe in a very dangerous world, which leads, I think, to the answer your question more than anything else. I think these candidates need to communicate that they have a clear understanding of the threat we face in the Chinese Communist Party, the scale and scope of this threat. Why this isn't just a matter of some obscure territorial disputes in the South China Sea. This is indeed a global competition. The CCP has global ambitions. What happens in Xinjiang, what happens in Beijing is not going to stay there. They are intent on exporting their model of total techno totalitarian control, which leads to the second point that you need to find a way to contrast that threat to enduring the and inherently superior American values. And I do believe that this is a contest between two fundamentally incompatible systems of government. And it's unlike anything we've seen since, of course, the old Cold War. So communicating the stakes, communicating who we're dealing with in the nature of a Marxist Leninist regime that will stop at nothing to ensure that they survive at the expense of their own people. And that is the enemy of freedom around the world is the most important thing. In fact, I would say even more important than any particular policy position is just communicating that understanding of the threat and the prioritization of the threat, a recognition that as president, the most important issue that you will be dealing with as commander in chief is how to deter a war with the CCP in the short term and win a new Cold War with the CCP over the long term. So let's put that in the form of a question for Brett and Martha, because I think you're right, I am looking at, of course, I've always looked at every one of these debates as an audition to be commander in chief. Eventually, there comes a choice with the Democrat. But right now, when I vote in the Virginia primary, I will vote based on who will be the best commander in chief. And because that's what matter. 9 -11 matters. What is the W do on 9 -11 that matters? What does W do? The Afghanistan and Iraq. What does anyone do on any moment of crisis? What do they do in the situation room? Figuring out how to elicit that about China is a difficult thing. So you've been doing nothing but this for six months. And by the way, recap for our audience and Pittsburgh Steeler fans what you have been doing for six months, because they may never have heard of the select committee. This might be the first day they're listening to the audience. No acronyms or five dollars in the tip jar for food for the poor. Well, the speaker of the House created the select committee on the CCP to do two things. One is to communicate why this matters, why anybody in northeast Wisconsin or Pittsburgh or Ohio should care about the threat posed by the CCP, to shine a light on all the things that they're doing, whether it's threatening to invade Taiwan, whether it's establishing illegal police stations on American soil, whether it's infiltrating American universities or attempting to build spy bases in our near abroad, to explain why it matters and why your average American should care about it. The second thing is to identify policies and pieces of legislation that can pass even in divided government. In the 118th Congress, what is the center of gravity in terms of steps that we can take in order to put ourselves on a better position to beat the CCP in this short and long term competition? So that's what we've been doing. We've broken it down, essentially, as though this isn't a perfect organization into three main lines of effort. And I do think this reflects our overall lines of effort, our grand strategy against China basically has three main components. One is military competition. What are the things we need to do to deter a war over Taiwan in the near term, as well as ensure that we maintain our dominant military position over the long term? The second is what I call economic statecraft. How do we selectively decouple from China so they don't have a coercive leverage over us so they can't threaten, for example, to cut off the export of advanced pharmaceutical ingredients in order to bring us to our knees? And then the third line of effort is what I call ideological warfare or ideological competition, which is not only how do we rediscover a language for talking about American values and incorporate values and human rights back into American grand strategy, but also how do we better defend our institutions from Chinese Communist Party subversion, from something called United Front Work, from traditional espionage, things like that. So we aren't corrupted and divided from within, which is what the Chinese Communist Party is trying to do. Wang Huning, who's Xi Jinping's top lieutenant in the 90s, wrote a book called America Against America, in which he talks about Americans as greedy, factional. And that that title, America against America, I think reflects their overall strategy, which is to divide Americans against Americans and thereby make it impossible for us to compete. So we've been developing policy recommendations along each of those lines. We've put out two reports, one on military competition, one related to human rights. And we're going to be putting out further reports. So, you know, I think those are useful starting points for for candidates who want to prepare for a debate in terms of where's Congress at on this issue? Where's the bipartisan center of gravity? Where can you potentially build on some of our work? But that's what we've been doing for six months. It's trying to understand and explain the threat and then identify policy solutions that help us to combat that threat. How would you put that in the form of a question by Brett or Martha? Well, there's the overall prioritization question, you know, what is the biggest threat to American national security, which is a bit boring, but no, it's not that's not boring. That that is that is the question, isn't it? Shouldn't that just be asked? What is the number one threat to American national security and why? Shouldn't that be it? Yeah, I think that that's table stakes, right? That's a good diagnostic question. And then it also allows the candidates, if they want to use their full time and I forget how much time they get to really articulate the key distinction between them and the Biden administration, because if you read the Biden administration's national security strategy that they talk about China as a pacing threat, although I'm hearing now that the Pentagon is saying don't say pacing threat, say pacing challenge or competitor, because we obviously don't want to provoke the CCP for whatever reason. I've described this as kind of like a Voldemort phenomenon. There's this belief that the more more we say things like New Cold War or say that the CCP is doing bad things, that it will somehow become more true, which I think is absurd. I'll be right back. Sherman Gallagher is going to stay with me through the break and then we're going to bring him back and then we're going to do that again. And we're going to talk to him for 15 minutes this morning about this. I can't believe I'm doing that. 15 minutes with Mike Gallagher coming right at you, America. Stay tuned. I'm back now with Chairman Mike Gallagher. This is the segment between the radio segments, so you don't get to hear this unless you're watching it on YouTube or on the on the television station. Chairman, in terms of what level should we expect of our candidates knowledge? I see your Green Bay Packers thing yet. Do you know the Browns cleared 38 million in cap yesterday by restructuring Joel Bentonio and Miles Garrett's contract? We have no we have the most cap space in the NFL. We are the team to beat. We will see you. I actually I don't think you're making it to the Super Bowl this year. We are going to be in the Super Bowl this year and you are not ready for this. I'm glad this isn't on the air because this is a serious conversation. But you had to do that little thing. And I'll I'll just go get my brown sweater and just put it on during this segment like that. I'm going to wear this all the time now on the air because we're going to the Super Bowl. Chairman, do you know that we cleared Miles Garrett contract yesterday? You know what we do? Do you follow sports at all or do you just do ChaiCom stuff? I don't follow Brown's contract minutia. I'll confess. I'll confess that, though. I was I was yesterday. Someone said that I had the potential to coach for the Browns after I helped them with a constituent case issue, to which I said I would never coach for the Browns on an Intel. All right. Let me get serious again. I'm going to try to go off the off the rail. We'll get back on the rails. How many times have you guys held public hearings? Oh, gosh, I think 10 at this point, approximately 10. You had at least one set of war games. You have more war games coming. We do. We have we have at least one more coming up that's going to be more focused on economic and supply chain issues. OK. Do you think the candidates know anything about that? I really do want to try and use today to focus their attention on China. Do you think they know anything about what the select committee has been doing? Have you been approached by any of them? I think some do. It's part of the reason I wrote an op ed on this that appeared today in The Wall Street Journal just came out was an effort, maybe shamelessly, to draw attention to some of the things we're doing, because I think it creates some unique opportunities. I mean, to me, you know, the most and this reflects my bias in thinking that hard power is the most important variable on the world stage. I think a candidate who can articulate what we need to do to rebuild the military in general, but really the Navy in particular, which is, as you know, Hugh is really struggling right now. It needs to be our priority force in our priority theater. It's not. We're going backwards. There's questions about focus, warfighting prowess. You know, I wrote a report with the help of Admiral Montgomery about the lack of warfighting focus in the surface Navy with Tom Cotton, Dan Crenshaw and others. I mean, I think that's a massive opportunity for a candidate really to take the ball on defense and go a few layers deep beyond just peace through strength, military good, China bad. You go a few layers deep on that and sort of communicate that you have a coherent plan. Doesn't need to be super detailed. Doesn't need to be a 50 page white paper about everything we need to do. But just as an overall strategy for fiction, I'm going to get your comms team in trouble again. I haven't seen this plan that you and Cotton worked on. How can I not have seen this plan? Well, this is a year ago. You got to blame Cotton's comms team for this because he was OK. And usually it's good to blame Tom Cotton. He's on next hour. I'll do that. Is that widely available? Yeah, it's Cotton did it with four of us in the house. It was over a year, a year and a half ago, kind of in response to all of these ship collisions. Some of the reports that we were getting from active duty sailors and just the changes over the years to training in the surface Navy. We did a deep dive drawing on the expertise of Admiral Montgomery and others. I will give him about that in the next hour and I'll get a link and I'll make sure it's posted out to the candidates. Don't go anywhere. I'm coming right back with Chairman Gallagher. Welcome back, America. I'm Hugh Hewitt, Chairman Mike Gallagher of the House Select Committee on Engagement, the Chinese Communist Party returns. We talked during the break and we got off course because we did a little football trash talk. But now we're back on course. Chairman Gallagher, have you read this book? You had Kabul, the untold story of Biden's fiasco and the warriors who fought to the end. It it made me furious. It absolutely made me furious. Have you had a chance to read it yet? No, but my friend Commander Salamander, who's great in his podcast, Midrats, I highly recommend, just did a podcast with with the authors. So I listened to it. It's not the same, but I am now looking forward to reading the actual hard copy. Well, the end of the book, which I don't know of Commander Salamander got to because I didn't get to it and I talked to him for a long time. It's about how the chai comms came in as soon as we left. They have designs on Bagram. They know what the air raids mean. They know what the strategic minerals mean. It's just a great example of what happens when we retreat in the world. In fact, in the in the this kind of war book you had me read, I wrote down some notes. A retreat once started as the most difficult of all human actions to reverse. And they were talking about the retreat of the Norcs at that point. And then we would retreat later when they counterattack with the chai comms. But we retreated from Afghanistan and they have come in. Have you focused yet on what they're doing there? It hasn't been, admittedly, a subject of a hearing. You know, we have experts, you know, regional experts and Afghanistan experts. I think the key thing to bring it back to the the presidential debate, obviously the obvious thing to do is to connect the surrender to terrorists in Afghanistan, our abandonment of our position, our abandonment of billions of dollars worth of military equipment to then the collapse of deterrence in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, because I do believe that our feckless position in Afghanistan sent a clear signal of weakness to Vladimir Putin. And no wonder Vladimir Putin ignored all of our warnings leading up to the invasion on February 24th because we look so weak on the world stage and we allowed terrorists to completely take over the country. And I think also that has had a negative impact on our deterrent posture in in the Indo -Pacific, across the Taiwan Strait. You mentioned critical minerals. I also think this is a huge opportunity for presidential candidates to articulate a plausible path towards reducing our dependency on China for critical mineral processing. They control 90 percent of the processing. Right now, I think our attempts to wean ourselves off of our to to establish some form of semiconductor manufacturing independence are not going to be successful, in part because the Biden administration has placed so many onerous regulations on grants for chips, fabrication facilities. But if a Republican candidate, particularly one with a business background or with a gubernatorial background, came in and said, here's our strategy when it comes to advanced pharmaceutical ingredients, critical minerals and rare earth processing, tie that to a robust domestic economic agenda. That's a massive opportunity for someone trying to pass the commander in chief test, because the reality is we are going to have to reclaim our economic independence from China in key areas. The progressives are experimenting with one way to do it. We need to identify a way that is fundamentally free market, but not but nonetheless achieves the actual goal of reducing our dependency on China. Chairman Gallagher, there's only one veteran on the stage, Ron DeSantis. Mike Pence has got a son and a son in law on active duty. Of course, Nikki Haley's husband is deployed. Those three know about this in terms of of why is China a threat? Is it a fair question to ask? Why is China a threat? What is it that worries you about China? Is that a fair question? If so, how would you answer that or suggest they answer that if you are one of the people on the stage? Well, first of all, I do think DeSantis has been really good on China and probably the best in the field. I was watching the forum that they did in Iowa. I forget what it's called, the Iowa Faith and Family Forum. And he proactively brought up China as an issue and talked about what he's done in Florida to combat the threat, talked about the threat in global terms. And so the most of the discussion focused on Ukraine. And I understand that that's more of a politically divisive issue on the stage. And so there is a you know, I think the moderators will want to identify the differences between the candidate thus far. Governor DeSantis has been talking in clear and unapologetic language about why the CCP is a threat and what he would do to combat it, which is greatly appreciated. More to your point, as a Navy veteran, I think he has a huge opportunity to be the Navy guy, be the guy who's going to rebuild the Navy and put it in a position where it can it can deter Xi Jinping from attempting to achieve his lifelong ambition was to take Taiwan by force. So to answer your question, Vivek just told me last week, we'll give them Taiwan after we achieve semiconductor independence. In other words, Vivek understands Taiwan is important for its semiconductor. Your colleague on the committee, Ro Khanna, tweeted at me last night when I was already offline that that doesn't do the trick. That's not why we're worried about Taiwan going down. Who's right? Well, obviously, our interests in Taiwan extend far beyond semiconductors. Our interests predate Taiwan's emergence as a semiconductor powerhouse. And if the concern from Vivek and I think it is that our dependence on TSMC for semiconductor manufacturing needs to be eliminated, I just would say two things. It's highly unlikely that we're going to achieve semiconductor independence by 2028. TSMC is investing far more money than the CHIPS Act is investing right now. Even under a Republican president, we would struggle to wean ourself off our dependency. But if the CCP had control of Taiwan, they would still be able to hold the rest of the world economically hostage. And that is the issue. Semiconductors or other or some sort of domain of economic competition. If they had Taiwan, they would be able to completely dominate the region through which trillions of dollars of international trade go. The other thing I would say, it's I mean, we got to go to break. I'll come back to go to break. We'll be right back with Chairman Gallagher during the break and then one more segment beyond. Don't go anywhere. America, I'm Hugh Hewitt. Portions of The Hugh Hewitt Show are brought to you by Food for the Poor. So I'm back with Chairman Gallagher, Chairman Vivek's answer to that is I'm going to get India to cooperate. And if Taiwan closes the Taiwan Straits, we're going to close the Malacca Straits. Ro Khanna says that's that's crazy. That doesn't work. I don't know what the answer is, but I know what Vivek has told me. I don't think he agrees with you, but I'll let him speak for himself. I don't want to put words in his mouth that we have to worry that much about the Taiwan Strait. Well, he's obviously very smart. I would say this with Marxist Leninist regimes, their appetites grow with the eating. So I think it would be a mistake to think that if we just surrender Taiwan on a date certain that we wouldn't have to worry about the problem. If they're the dominant regional power, they're one step closer to becoming the dominant global power. And that, I think, is the answer to your earlier question. Why? Why is the CCP a threat? Because they're trying to destroy our geopolitical position. Primarily by convincing us to destroy ourselves, they believe, as we mince words about whether they're a competitor or an adversary, they certainly believe that they're in an existential war with the free world led by America and that China will win, rendering America and our constitutional system of self -government subordinate, humiliated and wholly irrelevant on the world stage. So you can sort of think of it as as an assisted suicide. You know, they're trying to expedite our collapse. They provide the chemicals, fentanyl, the collapse in prosperity. Covid, IP theft, economic warfare and the self -loathing and depression via political interference and information warfare. So I think the the the threat would not stop after Xi Jinping had taken Taiwan. I think it would only expedite and become greater. So if you could read Xi Jinping's mind, what is he thinking about us? What does he want to see happen to us? I think he wants us to look inward and to abandon our position on the world stage and to be consumed with internal political battles. I also think he likes seeing us embrace this almost the CCP's narrative that America is an evil country. America is a neo colonial racist hellscape. I mean, this is CCP propaganda that a lot of Americans have embraced. I think ultimately he wants us to lose faith in ourselves as a force for good in the world. And ultimately, over time, he thinks the rest of the world is going to Finland dies more in the CCP's direction as an alternative model of government and world leadership, in part because America has lost faith in itself. That's why I think primarily the hard power is the most important variable. This is an ideological competition overall. And ignoring the role ideology plays in the competition is a fatal flaw. And so we need to find a way to press the candidates on that as well. You know, the we got two minutes before we come back. The ideological competition is quite simply not discussed. And I don't think our media is familiar with it. They're not stupid. They're ignorant of the ideological. They don't even believe it exists anymore. Chairman, have you run into that? Do your Democratic colleagues believe that there are such things like Leninist and that that the 20th century ideological competition is back with a vengeance? Well, I think for two and a half decades, we tried to take the communist out of Chinese Communist Party, and this belief persists that, well, they're not really communist. They're not really Marxist. They've embraced forms of capitalism and they're they're rational actors. And I think this is a dangerous way of thinking to go down, particularly under Xi Jinping. The party has embraced its Marxist Leninist roots. Xi's spirit animal is, in fact, Stalin. He looks to Stalin for guidance on how to operate. And so a candidate who understands that and can articulate that, I think, has a massive opportunity to distinguish themselves. The Democrats sort of come at the ideological competition through human rights. And there are a lot who genuinely believe in the cause of human rights. And though there are times when we have to prioritize between security concerns and human rights, this is when dealing with China, that's not an issue at all. We're coming right back. Stand by, chairman.
A highlight from Generative AI News - GPTBot Debut, Amazon's Gen AI Strategy, W&B Becomes a Unicorn, Tome, NVIDIA, Cohere, Zoom & More - Voicebot Podcast 344
"This is episode 344 of the Voicebot Podcast. It's the 27th edition of the Generative AI News Rundown. Top stories this week include GPTbot, Amazon's Generative AI strategy, NVIDIA, weights and biases, and more. Welcome back, Voicebot Nation and all you synthetians out there. This is Brett Kinsella. I'm your host of the Voicebot Podcast. Sometimes that involves in -depth conversations with AI innovators, and sometimes it is person in the street interviews from a conference or big industry event, and sometimes that involves the news like this week. In fact, the past three podcast episodes, including this one, have all been news because, well, we've been busy and I'm doing a little catch up. But hey, it's summer. You can cram three weeks of generative AI news into a car ride to the in -laws or maybe during a visit to your in -laws. You decide. We will be back with some other great episodes from the Unharmed Conference, Telefonica, an amazing new startup in the interactive character space. Those will all hit later this month. I look forward to bringing those to you. I guess we're also officially over half a year of weekly podcasts now on generative AI news and over six years of podcast interviews in general. The journey continues this week. If you get a lot out of these news podcasts in particular, please drop us a five -star review or comment in Apple Podcasts, your favorite podcast player. You can also do it on LinkedIn. I was just hoping we could get some comments around it. I'd like to get your feedback, both positive. If you've got things you think we could do better, I definitely would appreciate that and just would appreciate not just the feedback, but also just a little bit of recognition in the market so that we can generate more awareness. That's it. I'd appreciate it. This week's show was co -hosted by Eric Schwartz and me and we had a special guest, James Poulter from Vixen Labs, dropped in to talk about the first four stories, including GPT Bot and Amazon's strategy. As always, you know you can listen or watch. You can listen here or you can watch the show on VoiceBot's YouTube channel. If you want to see us and our bright, shining faces, do that. Otherwise, let's kick back and you will get the full rundown. Some of the top stories this week include GPT Bot and OpenAI's plans to politely crawl the web, Amazon's generative AI strategy, its three -tier model and the market positioning and the significance of Alexa's top executive shifting to generative AI. We also have funding stories from Weights & Biases and Tome, NVIDIA, Cohere, Hugging Face, Google, Zoom, interesting TOS story there, Apple. Hey, we got it all this week. Eric and I wrap up the show with generative AI winners and losers of the week. Let's see if you agree with our decisions on that. Next up, GPT Bot, Amazon's generative AI strategy, Weights & Biases, NVIDIA, Cohere, Zoom and more. Let's get started.
A highlight from Generative AI News - GPT-5 Rumors, G3PO from OpenAI, Generative Google Assistant, Inworld, Meta, and More - Voicebot Podcast Ep 343
"This is episode 343 of the Voicebot Podcast. It's the 26th edition of the Generative AI News Rundown. Top stories this week include OpenAI's GPT -5 rumors, G3PO, the open source model, nWorld's big funding round, Apple, Google, Stack Overflow, and more. Hello there to all my friends in Voicebot Nation and the mythical realm of Synthidia. I'm Brett Kinsella, your host of the Voicebot Podcast. Today marks a milestone that we didn't anticipate and weren't actually tracking until a couple weeks ago. Since this is the 26th edition of the Generative AI News Rundown, it marks exactly one half a year of weekly news shows. We began this as an experiment on YouTube and then added it here in the podcast each week as a companion option for people to listen as opposed to watch. I wasn't sure how long we would do it as a weekly series, but here we are after you're down and the news just keeps coming. 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Also, if you ever want quick access to the story links, you can go into the description for the podcast or you can go to bit .ly forward slash synthetia and just find the latest game posts there in the list. This week's top stories include open AI rumors spread for GPT -5 and the open source G3PO model. Is this a response to Meta's Llama 2? We'll talk about that today. Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are both expected to add generative AI capabilities in 2023. Could this finally lead to the blending of doing and knowing assistance? And if you don't know what that is, definitely listen. Really interesting developments on that front. The generative AI funding fountain continues to flow with news from InWorld. They raised a lot of money on a very large valuation. That'll be interesting to hear about. We also have stories from Meta, Texas sound generation, Apple, removing iOS apps in the Chinese app store, Google DeepMind with a new instruction model for robots, Stack Overflow, tentative steps. We'll see about what we think about that. News mobile app artifact has some celebrity voice clones and a bit more. Eric and I conclude the show with our weekly assessment of generative AI winners and losers of the week. Next up, open source LLMs, GPT -5 rumors, InWorld becomes a half a corn, Meta, Apple, Google, Stack Overflow, and more. Let's get started. All right, folks, we're back at Gain. We have GPT -5 on the docket today. We're talking about open source, open AI. We've got Meta with new text audio generation, Google DeepMind, Stack Overflow finally gets in the game, InWorld, a half a corn. Just so much going on. I'm Brett Kinsella, host of the Gain show. Gain stands for generative AI news. We do this every week and we've done this every week for 26 weeks, which I believe, if I do the math correctly, is one half of a year every week. And my colleague, Eric Schwartz, has actually appeared on this show more times than I have. Hey, Eric. Hey, yeah. It's been, yeah, I think we've each had one or two times away, but it's added up pretty quickly. Yeah, absolutely. Well, I know that I missed two very early on because I was in Europe, like one heading to Europe and the other because, of course, my flight was canceled and I have to stay an extra day. And then I just missed last week because, again, I was in Europe and my flight was canceled and I was on a plane during Gain. So it sounded like it was a really fun show last week. And I will tell people if you like to follow up with Gain, if you've missed them. So first of all, you can go to the YouTube channel and watch all of them. Just go into the live tab or go to the generative AI news playlist and you'll find all of them there. And normally I put these on Synthedia every week as well. But last week, because of travel and all sorts of other things, the real world got in the way. I actually did not post in Synthedia, our daily newsletter, the Gain show. So tomorrow I'm going to have both this week's and last week's in there. So you'll get two weeks. And what people like about Synthedia, a lot of people love to watch us here, which is great. We love you being here too. But a lot of people just like it because we put all the links to all the stories. So they just like have that as a resource. So you definitely check that out. If you're not signed up for Synthedia, just go to bit .ly forward slash Synthedia and join the newsletter. It's free. Sometimes it's pretty awesome. Sometimes stuff you won't find anywhere else, including some analysis we did this week. And if you are out there in LinkedIn land or YouTube land, give us a shout out and comment. Let us know you're here. We really appreciate that. And please give us a like on whatever platform you're on. Subscribe if you're on YouTube because that helps us for those crazy algorithms. Eric, we've had another really interesting week this week. It's August and we just came out of July, usually slow news, but not at all. So let's start out with the top story of the week. And that is GPT -5. Yes. You wrote about this. It's imminent. It's coming next week. Why do, why is there even a story here about GPT -5? We're just observing GPT -4, which is maybe the most competent, but the slowest of all generative AI chatbots. Yeah. It's kind of funny because GPT -4 came out early on, early this year and fairly soon after where people were already asking about, oh, is GPT -5 also coming? Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI said they are not training it. He said there's no plans at the moment for training it. So people weren't sure what was going to, what sort of timeline there might be for the next iteration. But lo and behold, a couple of weeks ago, OpenAI went ahead and trademarked GPT -5 with the US Patent and Trademark Office for this file, the claim they haven't officially received the trademark yet. And suddenly there's a renewed interest and speculation. There's speculation that the training has actually begun and that it's going to be finished by the end of the year, that GPT -5 may be arriving sooner than anyone might've thought. And with the huge leaps in capacity and functionality from GPT -2 to GPT -3, GPT -3 to GPT -4, there's a lot of excitement slash broad rumor monitoring about what GPT -5 might mean and what it might do to what has already been a very fast moving industry. I like James Poulter's comment that it'll be GPT -4 .2673. Nice call there, James. Appreciate you being here. Shout out to Chris McManus, Michael Novak. Yeah, well, there is a little echo, but hopefully not too bad for most of the folks, particularly those who are listening after because this shows up on the VoiceBot podcast most weeks as well. OK, so GPT -5, great stuff. I don't expect any time soon. All the prognosticators said that GPT -4 was going to come earlier than it wound up coming. We got GPT, we got chat GPT instead, and then GPT -4 came later. They don't need to roll these things out more than once a year. People are still absorbing that. There's barely anybody using the large context window GPT -4, GPT -3 .5 turbo, really popular in the chat applications. I don't see this. I think really the thing that would make me believe that they're going to roll out GPT -5 sooner is if they needed a new foundation model in order to fix the GPT -4 latency problems. Way too slow in response times. Yeah, and it's worth saying that when OpenAI announced that they would start phasing out some of the very old models from their API and in favor of the more recent ones, and there was a bit of an outcry against that. So there's reluctance to let go of older models, let alone jump into something new. So they may not need to move quite as quickly as they might have thought in terms of making sure that their customers are happy with the models available to them. Yeah, and another reason why they might not be focused 100 percent on GPT -5 is apparently they're focused on G3PO. Thanks, Eric, for making some amazing generative AI art here for the Synthetia newsletter. But, you know, if you think about it, we had the memo of the Google, the very famous Google internal memo about Google has no moat. And essentially what that was is about an internal Google researcher talking about that Google OpenAI and don't have any technical moat and that the open source was going to take over because it could be cheaper, it's going to be more performant, all these other types of things.
"brett" Discussed on Keep It!
"Her last album contains a bunch of songs that to me are responding to this particular moment of celebrity in being billy eyelash like it's about two thousand twenty one. I'm confronted with that. I've achieved so much. What where can i go from here. Is there any place to go. And i have to say even though. I love a lot of the music on that album. Namely the song oxytocin. The lyrical content felt like a letter to fans. You read one time. It made me want to revisit it less than the future so i almost wonder if when artists start responding more directly to situations like this if they're limiting the potential the replay value of their music. They need rodney jerkins. because when that she's overprotected that's still years later. But like even like like remember when dixie chicks did taking the long way and they're just here's a song about having said something shitty about george w bush now listening to it now. It's like man. I can hear the nokia phone i had at the time. It's wild that we're what we're talking about right now is a fairly innocuous song right and then it creates this like truly range depressing response. Online people calling there. Was that horrible horrible tweet. That called liz. A mammy which is a first of all. If you haven't seen freaking douglas sirk do not step into the room. Okay don't understand. And i like just don't but also the thing that i i think sometimes gets lost when we discuss the responsi- lizardo and genders and people people in general right but also a lot of black women I've seen a lot of the fat phobia coming from like these interracial like same gender spaces. And i feel like that's what's like tougher tease out. You know which is that women are looking at her and drawing these conclusions and making all these projections. And i almost i care much more about that weird like internalized hatred and misogyny than i do like whatever like you know. Blow hardewyk geissinger online. I feel like you know this has been a constant thing that lizards unfortunately had to deal with it. Because i feel like you know would she'd i come out She was constantly dealing with the fact that people said that her music was for white people. Right you know. And i think that that also comes from you know like our own community people wanting to like dislike her because they feel like this music is it for us and that's why she wants to be like black people rock and roll like i'm making music black woman making music but i don't know you know it's it's hard. It's hard seeing that stuff lobbied at her Especially when you think that like people get all the time you know. I mean whitney got that. When she first came out you would think being cosigned by prince would be enough but you know lazaro has the struggles. They're sorta something about both of these within being on a song for me too because this happens the cardi all the time to anytime she does anything. People are constantly attacking her not in the same ways. but i remember like literally when wild side came out like Cardi was apologizing to people for ruining normandy song. People saying why you put cardi on this song attacking her having normany releasing tearful messages about how happy she was to have cardi on the song and then weeks later. You have cardiac having to do that. Same thing liz lizardo. It's unfortunate that liz. Oh just still like internalize all this every time it. She releases a project or does anything. But i would also say that. It's also unfortunate that the intensity of her responses which i love art matching the music for me. I think something. That's nice those. We are getting pop culture pregnancy glamorization moment which we have shockingly few of like. I'm still thinking of the demi moore magazine cover. That's still the definitive version. You know we had beyond says. Reveal like amy poehler on. Snl what went on. Yeah but it's like under ten still. I guess it's a minor revolution every time. This occurs still. Yeah cardi's pregnant was success and with a child you right because it's easier to you know be cynical about certain things in pop culture but i have to say it's like nuts that every time a pop girl drops a song cardi b. is on it like we have something like it's just never really happened. I would say with this consistency in pop music per se if we want to talk about hip hop rb. That's different right. There was a moment. You know what kim was on every track and all that. But i think that it's like lear. Entering this era where like when it comes to the male rapper. He is becoming obsolescent. You have a summer. that's being defined by. Who was the biggest male rapper. At the time it was baby right and then he like literally as architect of is on downfall. But at the same time. It's being countered by cardi b. Being like the representative the ambassador for a lost art in my mind which was like the rap pop duo and so. I think we need to acknowledge that this is really amazing that women especially rappers not just her. There's rico you know cash ball. There's so many women who i think in my mind if i was fifteen years old if i thought about what rap is i would associated with women sees I wouldn't associated with men. And i think he dropped her album this week. Even it's getting of pop rap features the end of snoop dogg culture which member for the longest time. It just like here. We go the mumbled sixteen bars about the members of pussycat dolls. Whoever's around right it was always like snoop or like a. nellie or like a ludicrous. You throwing something but now. I've really enjoyed that. Women are co-signing each other. They are the people that i'm constantly listening to. Because you know what. I was growing up there. Were the people who i gravitate it to. So i gravitated towards kim and foxy and train. It you know. I was like that's what i want to hear at. It feels so great like going out now. Hearing hip hop all the time you know like even like a gay bar setting because it's pop music because it's women i understand. This is incredibly subjective. Am i wrong. Or like the four most prominent female rappers also the funniest rappers cardi meghan missy little camp to me when i think of wraps that also make me like gag laughing with what they go go to. I'm laughing every time while you leave off mickey o. N. nikki i let the fifth one. Yes so bringing the different conversation. No we but yeah. I also want to like some of the new girls to are hilarious. Like does your cat who is not even just a rapper. Like she truly is. I mean she's like the. Liza minelli is hilarious to me. Digs up when i step in the party. Yes as the elliott had the funny lyrics..
"brett" Discussed on Keep It!
"Don't be the last person on the next train out. Listen the modern finance and get ahead of the future of finance last week. Eliza released her latest music video rumors and unfortunately it is not lindsey lohan cover nor an entire fleetwood mac album. Listen doing you make loving fun. I want to hear it go ahead. It features a very pregnant cardi b. Just like normality is wild tied video dead. Everybody's getting the cardi feature right now surprisingly when you put these two polarizing Women I don't even want to call them. Polarizing these put cardi b. and together people on the internet. Go crazy first of all. What do you even think of the song before. We get into the controversy because the song for me is not giving it isn't giving but it's not remarkable in its mediocrity. I- have found that. The ooh that was some that was like an actual simon cowl type doreen on a panel handling. I actually do mean that as a compliment. Which is to say that i think. With the exception of duleep. The hyper pop girls. I would say. I'm not a fan of wild side. I'm not a fan of rumors. I honestly wasn't even really a fan of wop. It feels like the people music's people in industry talk about this all the time. There is a need not just a desire but actual need to make songs that are going to rate on talk right and so a lot of this music is like reverse engineered to please this like outside economy and when i heard rumors i was just like this is another talk song. It feels like. I can't say that i've ever been a fan of lizards music per se. But i've always been a fan of the way that really stays true to herself. What her sound is just not. My sound rumors does feel like kind of like a diet. Lucien at what she has done in the past but at the same time like nobody else is really wowing me. So i still take like real issue with the ensuing controversy and all of the various phobias that are wrapped up in it. So that's your take dot com. It reminds me of every time. I listened back to hung up by madonna which now has become like elevated to confessions on a dance floors. Maybe her best album. Whatever i listened to it. And i realized this is written for ringtones like ring ring ring on the telephone which they broke. I remember you could buy all these ringtones at the time. And i wonder if in the future will look back in this and be able to just hear the tick tock influence every single time. Because i'm praying. It doesn't last forever this talk era but you never know. It's gone beyond say to. Yes i forgot about ringtone music. I'm on my own right now. It's not even just take talk. Extreme ing in general why. This song is under three minutes. And i know that these songs are getting shorter and shorter so that people keep replaying them on streaming services. But this one is one of the rare ones that literally sounds like it was cut off before it finish. It's building up to a crescendo. At the end you wanna hear the bridge again. You want to hear the chorus again but it just sort of like ends. It's a very weird listening experience. I would describe my relationships zo as sort of the same as yours. Doreen i respect lazaro and honestly liz oh concerts and seeing her at music. Festivals are some of the best fucking experiences of my life because she goes in for a live performance. But i've never been a person who really sort of spins the music outside of hearing it in the club or hearing it at her concert. And so it's just it's just not for me But as a friend told me corny made her rich so let her go ahead and make a song about the rumors and the haters etc. We made a joke about lindsey. Low hand the kind of rumors lindsay though hanner everytime by britney spears i am so obsessed with this like sub sub genre of song by a pop diva. That's like everybody's talking about me and it's throwing me into an existential crisis. But i'm gonna pretend that that doesn't matter to meet right. It's like what. I base my identity on when i was eight years old and so i felt it was like if you're going to open that door right. You're making a song that has been kind of like it's form has been preordained by the exigencies of the internet and the song is about how people talk about you on the internet. I need it to really go to that place. And it didn't and then ironically in some of the really devastating Talk that video that lives. Oh made response to you. Know people sing all these terrible things about her or in cardi b.'s tweets defending her. Then you have like the realness of it You know the song feels like a facsimile of like the true pain that these women go through. And so i thought that was like iran. She's very real shared. It's not real that's it. She's not saying real shit. I mean like as a writer. I am constantly thinking about that think. Fiona apple said about louis c. k. When she had said that at first because she knew him that she expected when the allegations came out That he was gonna do some self reflection and be really honest in his comedy the way that he had been before and then when he wasn't she called him a coward because the only reason to be making art is to examine yourself and really be honest. And i think that's why we been loving recently like younger artists like billy bush or olivia rodriguez. Because they're being honest at such a young age in a way that younger pop stars who grew up with. Weren't sort of able to be. And you'd expect a woman who is so open on the internet combating fat phobia and racism etc to have something more to say than what the lyrics of the song are. The lyrics are very kids bop. They're very inspirational. Sing in the car like it relates to everyone and yet it relates to no one but if you took her tweets and put them over a beat that is what i wanna hear. I wanna hear the real anger. I wanna hear that. She's actually talking about something when she even references when people were dragging her for that juice cleanse that she did during the pandemic. It's referenced in one line and it doesn't really say anything at all in the song. And also the i really hate the live. We're like she gets like black people invented rock and roll unlike okay. Is the school house rock. Okay but i will say you just brought up. Billy bush her..
"brett" Discussed on Keep It!
"So our guest today has what you would call a lot of multi hyphen. It's an after a comedian. A writer and podcast or who's lucky enough not to be american. You know him from ted lasso. Please welcome afc. Richmond's own roy. Kent brett goldstein. Our thank you for having me. Thank you for being here. I have been a headless. Oh fan i was about to say since season one but only one is dropped so far But i take it you know. I think i watched it all. After new year's eve i needed to do hungover. Wash it all come down. I was definitely. It was and now i'm excited to blow through season two as well. So you're going to get absolutely hammered before he watch it. What's the second season as well. Probably you know so. I can have the same sort of fat sort of curing hangover. You like to make it hard for us As in the west situation okay well it does feel like that's like ninety percent of tv now is like whenever you're in the mood to just give up your entire life to a series for like one and a quarter days like that's how you take it in now is crazy. It is i'd have to. I'd have time to watch when people say if you watched this thing when you have to have news side needs data's anytime you feel about podcast to i guess people drive to work for six hours a day. That's why people where people tell us they listen to ours like chunks in a row they save up episodes and listen to them all at once. I have no idea how But i'm glad they do. I thought you say it makes me no respect them..
"brett" Discussed on Keep It!
"That is out of pocket even than most but yeah so paula. You know she was the thing that made watching this show bearable and then she does something. At the end of the series that is completely unbearable. Some people might argue the most immoral act in the show and people got mad at her and people are still really matter and they're just like as a woman of color like how could you send this like native hawaiian to jail over. The shoe is such a great examination of the differences or the space between what it is that people do and how they act what it is that they think and what they're know records show we all talk one way we all really righteous though we all do some shit that doesn't like at all align with you know the politics that we proclaim to subscribe to a love that because you dow we've talked about this before you know like especially on the internet people love to get into specific like binary of like well take for instance even like the easy way question you know of like Would you call the police. Like a black person is funny in theory right and everyone on the internet is like oh you know like yeah. You can't call black people like doing this etc but it's like okay if a man is breaking in your home with a gun about to kill you or a knife you know like if you're pressed in this situation what are you going to do and i think a lot of people on the internet tried to create like x. Men danger room games for life of what they know that they would do. When you know that if any of the like fake scenarios people come up with on. The internet are not how they're actually going to act in real life. We saw that we cove it the way that people talk about rules and what they should be doing and how other people should be doing. And then you've seen a year like you see a friend of the party like when it's gordon. Tina you're doing this. It's like everyone acts differently when this stuff happens so i think it's very silly to have paula sitting there thinking. Well you know like. I can't get a native islander arrested by getting him involved in a crime you know. She's not sitting there and thinking how people are going to react online or morally to what she's trying to accomplish. I do want to thank both her. And city sweeney though specifically for their facial reactions throughout the entire show. I mean i'm not saying. I'm somebody when i watch. Tv show. i need to see my reactions soundboard exactly or whatever but man just the gift worthiness of looking at connie britton with like an eyelid. Moving the grimace dropping. It's just like really subtle but like harsh acting. That i think are maybe the most fun acting moments in the whole show actually even though people get lots of great character revealing monologues etc. I would agree. And i think i also want to talk about fred. Hatching occurs plays. Quinn and quinn ends up. Being in the finale sort of the symbol. he's like melancholic. Symbol of escape right. I think that the three of them him sydney and brittany are kind of like this incredible triptych of what gen z. Actually is like gossip. Girl is totally didactic. Doesn't have the characters like actually speaking like people and we're not we're not talking about through the almost like a non verbal or like half verbal performances. We just got so much fuller of portrait. This generation especially because they're interacting with people of different generation like connie. How about watching people think is so much fun. And i think that's a key part of this show that is extra compelling is even when it's not you know people clean it doesn't have enough plot or there's not enough going on but honestly it's always giving you something to look at whether it's somebody giving you know a sarcastic response or just thinking for an extra second which is such a pleasure to see an such a clue as we know you love watching white think of as he entire reason you sharp objects of sitting in cars thinking that board asked how the idea of old tears on their face. Not even utah. They've been crying for a while but or cape blanchette. The world's slowest smiler which is my favorite thing about her anyway. But that's i think we specifically got a lot of that and this show which is a great entry and what i will call incompetence vaudeville like veep and succession discuss though as much as we all seem to be fans of the show. Should we discuss some of the criticisms regarding kind of like the paradox of making a show about people who are you know terminally tied to their wealth and setting it on the island of hawaii. Eric there during right when so many native hawaiians had been telling tourists not come because they were like literally bringing infection to their home and there were some like music drops and the show that are outside of crystals amazing creepy eerie score. That felt a little leg playing this like kind of hokey song that everyone associates with hawaii. They they were just a few moments where i was like Mike white's not like completely confident or not completely owning more self indicting himself as a creator and lai chi also is a character that i just thought was done no justice he has no. I don't even mind that he disappears. It's in keeping with the tenor of the story. But his backstory that his family owned the land and the hotel was on. It was just like really try. Really simple and i think that there's a you have to figure out okay. These people can't be at the center of the story right. I just haven't created the show for that to happen. The how can i give them enough depth that even in their smallness they are like equally contending with the largest of someone like tanya or the other characters and. I thought that that wasn't done. I think is sort of goes to sort of just like mike white's telling of the story and just sort of how es cultures have been entrenched in american popular culture. Because like even if he was wanting to like do a good thing here i did agree about the music. It constantly felt like i was watching like hawaii five like the original. You know when there'd be like sunday mysterious happened on the island and you hear this sort of music. Even the theme song is which is a banger. But you know like so much of the music feels like when you're watching like betty davis in the letter and you start hearing oriental music. When like like the asian woman shows up to curse her. It felt very much that and get not even just disappearing the girl disappearing who gave birth in the first episode to and i get that i want to say that i feel that you can't have it both ways if you're mark white like in one way the show doesn't have to be commenting specifically on white people in trying to tear down like this colonialist but then if you also want to say that the point of the story is that these white people are taking over and then so that's why the other characters dropped out then it just work for me and that's when i sort of meant that it felt unfulfilling to me in the end because i know that he likes john. I've talked about this on the show before like he had that two thousand fox show that got canceled. Pasadena with dana delany. That was like a primetime soap. You know like we know that he likes that kind of stuff. And i felt like as a show with like a mystery in the beginning and that was soapy and having characters interact. It's sort of just went to an ending that you sort of expected especially like natasha. Rothwell and jennifer coolidge. I think everybody saw where that's going at the end we saw. She was going to be hurt when she changed her mind about doing the spa. So i was just thinking like why not as a writer even if you're getting us to that conclusion and that's what you want to say. Why not surprise us a bit more in that story. Yeah i will say. I think a lot of the strengths of the show are that what occurs. I don't know that. I always expect it. But in retrospect it feels inevitable feeling. I like period. The movie that comes to mind is you've ever seen two days one night with marian courtyard. She's fighting to save her job and what happens at the end of the movie. I wouldn't have written that way and it feels true to life. And i feel like that is true about a lot of what happens in this. Show that said the lease believable. Part of the show is tash rothwells character. Just signing onto this like hokey person you know who has never once credible just as like a a human being that you would believe anything from you know..
"brett" Discussed on Scoops with Danny Mac
"I i got to say. I thought i knew everything about red hall. I never knew there was some bad blood there with larry flow and maybe mark all the above. I had no idea that. I thought they offered uni said. Ads doesn't work out. Not not at all not at all. I did you stay quiet about that. Have you talked about this now. Just privately with people. I'd soon but i think enough time has passer. Thank the true. Should come out it always. It should come on and we joked about. We went blues. How long did it take you. To debunk the other biff. That you are the guy walking down market street the night before the parade. I never heard that one but it's definitely not true. not well. There was a picture online. You've not heard this. There was a picture of a guy. Let's just say this particular guy. Maybe had a few extra bud lights any. He's walking down market street. Kinda where the old mike shannon's was rack. You'd literally in the middle of the road and people take a photo. they said. Holy shit redskin ready for the parade And it looked close but if there's no way it was but he looked damn close to you. I can't believe you haven't been told this. No that's funny but it definitely wasn't me it was i walk. I walk in anywhere. I'm getting. I'm heading awry. Olympia let me ask you this. What when teams win. And you did it. Carl hart is it in the years. After that i think the blues are sort of dealing with that now because especially here. We talked about it forever. They do it in. It's like okay now that was it. It was unbelievable waited fifty years. Now what is there sort of a natural. Is it a low the years after no i just you know like i said it takes such incredible mounts of of luck and timing and and players having Unbelievable career years or unbelievable playoff runs to win the cup and to all the sudden. Put that all back together again. In another year is very tough. And that's what's now and then you know. Sometimes you build a team that has that one chance to win a cup with contracts. And i'm not sure that's how it was. But you got people that retire you've got Contracts on free agents that leave and you know. The chemistry goes out of the out of the balloon for lying or whatnot. And all of a sudden. You're just not quite the same team you were and and that's why you rarely see teams anymore except for obviously tampa who put together a very young team..
"brett" Discussed on Five Rounds with Brett Okamoto
"Is going to be fantastic now ryan. Clark man has been fun as excellent. What you got some splaine in to do s pl. Who got some lane wade into do. I mean look at this ryan cork on four twenty four. Twenty one at ten o'clock bra. Ufc two six hundred bra. How much do you think my guide. Dc ways right now ryan clark. You feel safe and comfortable in your house when you're right in that. Yeah i don't feel as comfortable talking about it but listen. Dc you know. I've seen skinny ish right. I saw thick. Dc fight against the peso. I just wanted to know where you were in your training. I knew you on. Are you on the answer to that. I knew you weren't couldn't wait analysts and you don't ask a man or wait absolutely. Don't acid woman her age or her weight. And i'm gonna go and say you don't as or white. I'm not doing it. I'm not. I was sitting at home watching. I was like man. My guys really filling out. That latter days writes a lot of red beans and rice. Go we love it. There's mortal there's more you don't stop you're constantly on the broadcast. Let's take a look at another ryan. Clark tweet that somehow got onto the broadcast. Let's go all the way back to two. Thousand fourteen dc scrawl. It's like me wrestle with my son. Jordan dude is throwing in body slam. The legend hindle finally looked old. This is when. I really did kind of put it on my boy dan. This was crazy man and you know obviously every time i watched your fights. I did watch as a homeboy be. Strata is like it's another black. Do from louisiana in this sport and he's dominating and you know so now. I'm checking your backstory. I'm looking at your wrestling history and to see you throwing hindle around like that. That was crazy to me. Because i was like you got to watch the age i was. I guess so. I wondered so point. You got to watch the h-bomb your fearlessness. And the way that you it just made me to fan. Yeah you know. Like i say i mean when i when i met you in atlanta. We were walking through the airport. I got on the horn right away. I was like bait bait. I just met dame cormet. He knows who i am. Oh of course. Yeah and it's so crazy like even to this day we were prepared for the show. You call me last week. And i was training some guys and a had you on speaker and i'm in louisiana. Yeah everybody knows where he kinda heard your voice and the guy walks by he goes was that dc. And i play all kinds of cool. Oh yeah we got. We got together. So that was my my my dc introduction to all back to two thousand fourteen right. You've been following. You love this thing now. We spoke a little bit about off. Air about franson gone and interim title. There lewis is one of those guys that is fighting forty title. Get zero gone and yesterday bro. The black piece the first pitch at the astros game. Oh my gosh rate this. Clark look this oh zero. I'm talking about zero to ten. This is zero honestly. This is this this will get you. Beat up by dan lewis a. Here's why because i would watch him. Thought his fallout. And this guy can't do anything athletically. You know you wanna root for the black. Because he's from new orleans new orleans. Yes yes popeye's but this guy throws the ball that's why when you throw the first pitch you don't try you don't try. I've thrown the first pitch before. And i just tried to try it there. He's don't do it hard. Because then you embarrass yourself. And that's exactly what they're not went out and did he went out and went for the knockout through this ball. Like like he fought francis and gone. We should have stayed outside through some kicks and made sure he was banned for one new one that fight he lost that pitch. He logged the pitch man. Listen it's been fun. It's been a great time. I mean to get a new show. You wonder how it's going to be. Chemistry is going to work. I feel like it's good man. We've had a good time. I love it is listen. You know what it is. It's two dudes who just love sports yell sports right. Well you know how it is. We grew up. We did everything obviously. Didn't russell because they didn't have one hundred fifteen pounds my high school but to have an opportunity to be able to do you admire. Be with somebody you like. Yes here because in this business you don't always get that opportunity and talk about things. We love man. We can't miss our see. I just wanted. I always want to explain this right when i speak football in football fans. Tell me all you didn't play. How can you speak on this. I will learn through you. You can teach me about it right. Because i'm talking from the football fans perspective. The guy that never went on the football field. And i want to know and wants to talk about the sport with knowledge. I can learn from you. As i learned for myself when i watch but you can give you the details just like you every mma fans any every may fan ryan clark is you. He's a guy with a high level of athleticism a tad bit better looking right in rich. Hey a little bit better and we're trying to do this so we he's much more rich better looking but he looked just like you guys right. He's a guy that loves the sport. Loves it just like you do. And he just is giving you a voice. You're giving them a voice as i'm giving the average football fan of voice as we talk about this board has been fantastic man. We got a new show but we are the only ones that have a new show. You know my man sunan the shale sunan show would george. Sodano plays on monday and wednesday on. Espn plus chelsea fantastic commentator analysts. In him and georgia's first show was very entertaining. Make sure you guys check that out on youtube and espn plus everywhere. You find your podcast. You.
"brett" Discussed on Five Rounds with Brett Okamoto
"Right this is what mcgregor mcgregor's made for for dustin poor year. He isn't as excited about that. And he sat down with bread. Okamoto and he kinda disgusted a little bit. Let's take a list fighting's hectic man. I don't i don't really like you know i. I wish they were home-buying. Pay per view which was empty arena by the pay per view. You do nice nice man. I have a lot of people going. Family members friends who are very excited. And it's good. It makes me feel good to see this direction of the world or of america at least with the with things opening full capacity just a little bit of normalcy back in our lives. It's been a crazy couple years here But fans yelling. It's like i said it's hectic you're in the locker room warming up and you go out there. You have to walk through the tunnel and people are spilling beer and yelling crazy stuff at you when you're about to go fight this man. Five year life in front of the world. It just adds more chaos to it for me you know. But that's just that's fighting. Yeah that's what that's what it is. Look at your eyes your eyes oh no. Dc qatar counter likes connor. Likes to walk out of the water. He likes that right. I can't even eat. Because i'm conor mcgregor. I'm the notorious shadowboxing these people all out. These people are out waiting for mcgregor as he left dinner. But then you got the poor you on the other end saying kinda wanna do it in an empty arena. The athlete loves the crowd. I mean like you said the raven's game you know the crowd's going crazy. How much did you go in the baltimore knowing that. That's what you wanted. I wanted to walk in embassy stadium and say look. We're here. yeah. I love that right. I wanted somebody to run a slant and it just be me and him in the middle of the field. I like that for for you. You were talking about of the nervous anxious energy head going into the last fight. If i'm conor mcgregor this excites me. What are you thinking about that. I mean come on ice me why why. I don't understand why. I don't understand why it because the crowd has lifted him to a lot of crazy performances. Boy that's not. I don't like that you know the word that stuck out to me chaos Remember early on in the show. You spoke about conor. Mcgregor is life outside of the ring. We got it. Yup right the chaos and so now that's the way conor mcgregor gets that chaos back into the arena back into the fight and he loves it. He plays to it right when when he comes out and he's and he's hair right. Everybody's doing that right over four to fight when he's looking and he's like all those things that feeds who gregor is and so now it's about dustin being able to create right. Dustin wants to create the same atmosphere we had before fans was about normalcy wanted. He wanted normal sparring. Vive verses. you alley fight. Field doesn't know he seems to want a more. It's more intimate right like it's me and you write manoa model dozens from lafayette right. Dustin once that like like you said your industry you not stick off my shoulder. You know my mom twenty minutes with also again. Dustin wants that dust is want. I want you and me. I don't want you to get energy from the crowd. I don't want any of that. What do you got to think about it too conor. Mcgregor i play with that tony. O'brien and people in some things happen toward the end of his pittsburgh career. I felt like i had an issue with him. Here's the issue. I never had with him. I knew he played for fame right. I knew he played for money. I knew he liked the glitz. Glamour the lights but the thing about this made him work harder than any officer player. Ever see and so. I had no issues with them because i knew when the lights were only up young was prepared and i think that's what conor mcgregor fights for that right. Four thousand eight enough Oh you'd think the crowds in june. Yeah yeah he he didn't he didn't bill this legacy of the notorious to fight it for four thousand. He built that to fight in front the largest list of celebrities to fight in front of full arena. And that's what he'll get this dude. His crosser insane. I mean there's beer getting thrown all over the place. It's like. I hated like the very soccer matches. It's like those crazy soccer matches you see in europe would kinda mcgregor fights man. I cannot wait until this weekend. It is going to be a fantastic main event but the fight card itself is going to be tremendous you have to sixty four is one of the biggest paper views that i've seen for a long time. You get conor. Mcgregor versus dustin four for the third time trilogies are the best thing in all of sports. Nothing quite matches it. Make sure you tune in saturday. Ten pm eastern.
"brett" Discussed on Five Rounds with Brett Okamoto
"Is that appropriate yet. Seems right. I think this is a probably a closer match up. That people are giving nate diaz credit for. I think i think he's a. He's got a decent style in contrast to the edwards. The problem with with this fight is media has a lot of scar tissue Edwards one of the best sharpest elbows. That you've gotten the game. He's not afraid to use them he's put on clinics with that It's gonna be tough to avoid cuts in this fight. And i think to mark them up and i think he knows that i think he's going into that plenty of some german and elbow him To the point that the blood is going to be too much. The cuts are going to be too much. If he doesn't. I still think the advantages with. Leon i still think we on is the sharper crisper. More technical striker. He's going to be able to withstand the struck. The storm cardio is not the problem edwards. I think he will be fine. So yeah it's it's tough. It's tough to know that they're such a significant glaring Mismatch there in terms of scar tissue versus elbows and be confident with india's. But i think assuming that that is not in the equation navias matches up nicely with the towards. Actually i think i think he's. He's in good shape. The stork lead the june pay per view. Which of course comes break before. The historically large july international fight week. Historically the june one is somewhat of a dud this time round not the case and of course it was elevated by the fact that the naked edwards fight was supposed to happen in may push back a few weeks after d as withdrew. But here you have those three fights blah mohammed today my in what could be his last fight against climate. Who is all fired up. After what happened with edwards to molehill against paul craig. Bradley delegates drew dober- joined calderwood versus lauren. Murphy could produce the number one contender at one. Hundred twenty five pounds. Akeem doudou against mozart of low. Have darren stewart against eric anders. This is a really solid solid card. That you're getting this weekend now. A couple of other things. I do want to ask you about the clarisa shields fight. That's going on your thursday night. Pf against britney elkin shields as a long-awaited made debut case. You don't know Two time olympic gold medalist considered by many pundits as the pound for pound best female box from the planet. It's really down to people. It's her or katie taylor here. You have someone in her mid twenty's going from boxing mma. I feel like this is actually not being made into a big enough deal for the past ten years or so. All we've heard about his enemy fighters wanted to boxing to make more money here. You have arguably the best female boxer on the planet saying in order to make the kind of money that i want in order to get the love and attention i want. I need to go over to the sport. Like m may should be taking a bow. Mma should be taking a victory lap. I don't care if she's not fighting for bill towards this is a victory for anime and it's a really big deal and somewhat of an indictment on women's boxing as well. What is your level of interest. And what is your level of expectation when it comes to her debut tomorrow night supremely interested for all the reasons you mentioned how great she is as a boxer also because of the advanced time line when she was initially kind of teasing her compart transition to animate choose talking one year. Two years. she's talking about how long she was going to prepare She is it is doing it in advance. She's doing faster than that timeline. She originally laid out she. She has prepared for the spike quicker than she had disappointed when she was first talking about transitioning to emma. And what do i expect. That's that's hard. Because what. I imagine this like if you look at any enemy fighters first couple of wins a lot of times. They have an advantage in one area. They're able to get quick finishes. So i wouldn't be surprised if this becomes a situation where her opponent stands with her on the feet just a little bit too long. She's to skilled boxer and it ends there and it ends quickly because of how good she is. I also wouldn't be surprised if this gets dragged out because she's a little trepidation and she doesn't know what to expect an h. She's you still boxing ring And takes a little longer to find her bearings of. But i think it's one of either of those two outcomes where it's a little bit awkward but she ultimately wins or she comes out fully confident not concerned about what her opponent is doing and her skill shine through and she ends it rather quickly. It's not quite apples to apples. But this is more akin to say. Jake paul experience. Where she's not our own promoter but the promoter is obviously invested in trying to make her look as good as possible as opposed to the punk experience. Where for some bizarre reason like they were trying to like. They gave him a really tough young kid. In mickey gall and the thing never really got off the ground and maybe it was for the best because maybe they thought that there wasn't a great future there so they might as well get one potential star out of it and so britney elkin was the person that kayla harrison ford in her debut. Not china rag on her but like they're more invested the shields Elkin the opponent here. And i'm really interested. I'm really interested to see what she does. What she says. Afterwards the whole thing. I think it's a great get for pf l. and I think their their their latest.
"brett" Discussed on Five Rounds with Brett Okamoto
"Yes for move up quick record correction here yes lose. Jason kickboxing comes back in mma. Next fight he was doing both simultaneously. Which is a good point. That's a good credit himself sharp but either way it's fair it's i i believe it's a completely fair question to ask but i don't think he's the type i think he will bounce back anyway as well. I do as well hundred percents nathan as edwards. We were talking about this on air. The bad guy which comes out tonight. I wanna ask you. The question is well. I think that nathan's playing with house money here. Like all the pressures on the on. Leon's on the cusp of title shot leon's been scratching inclined if he loses. He goes way back to the bottom of the pile. And let's be honest. It's going to take a long time if ever to get him. A title shot again. Because it's not the biggest drawn he doesn't solve fights and look just how long it's taken to get to this point and nathan doing a huge favor by you know nathan picked him and that's why he got this flight and it made all the sense of the world. I feel like there is nothing in terms of pressure that that that nathan has to deal with now of course he has to deal with leon being a great fighter. But you agree with that assessment. And you think that plays into this fight. At all nate naked diaz has proven that Wins and losses. Don't matter for him. And i think he comes into the spite knowing. That like nathan nathan. Yes approaches spikes knowing that he's eisai right it even even to his credit even if he's matched up with conor mcgregor or habib or whoever he will know or his mind you will know that he's the side so wins and losses aren't as significant to him. He's going to be a draw. He's willing to wait and he's willing to get himself. Paid the most amount of money So you're zero pressure from that perspective from the things that are outside the sport from the metro or outside the cage rather from the meta perspective he could lose this fight to liane edwards and his next is very next. Fight could be headlining. Pay per view could be combing of pay per view and he's gonna get paid appropriately so that pressure is often the rest of his career. Almost nathan this is proven box office and doesn't have to worry about that part. All he has to do is get into the into the cage. Perform against edwards unfortunately in my estimation. I think that's gonna be. That's gonna prove to be a tough task but you're correct that creates additional pressure on the other. That did he is on the cost of the title shot that he is so desperately wanted. This fight against nate diaz would make him. You can't make an argument that he doesn't deserve it. I think that that comes with a lot of pressure. But like i was talking about with israel to sonya actually think beyond is somebody who can handle that pressure and somebody who can rise to the occasion and perform the performance against belong. After being out. So long i thought he looked sharp is ever. I thought he looked as sharp as he ever has And i think we will see the same. Actually i believe we will see a really really sharp and talented on edwards and not be worried not at the moment actual. Yes no pressure on me. Zero is making a mistake by taking this fight. No because wins and losses. Don't matter vs looked is look at the and said all these guys are for gezi. The only one who's doing anything worth a damn is leon edwards and i wanna fight them and guess what he got it he called his own shot and he got it and this is a huge opportunity for him because if he wins it puts him in title contention. I guess i say it with a question. mark is i actually don't know Kamara response gamed for it so yet like all. The pressure is off. Nate you has. There's no mistake year. Because he could put himself in a title conversation and to be honest he may get there and decide. He doesn't even want a title shot. He could choose whatever he wants to do. Next while title shot would probably mean a longer contract in all this stuff. And i you know i would presume There's a lot of money for him to be made you know in the. Afc are out of the u. of c. But let me ask you this. what Okay would you. Would you agree that liane edwards wins this fight. He doesn't have to fight anyone else. He should fight for the belt. Next if edwards wins Doesn't fight for the title. It's it's a travesty. Like at a certain point win streak is too long. I it's just impossible to deny so the thing is it. Looks like they're going to do kamara spin versus becoming too. That's not a done deal but you'll have to wait for the win. That fight now spun is is fighting regularly. Like i priced. You fights late this summer or something like that So he'd wait. Now what about. And i think he would gladly way because it's been you know two fights within two months of each other here but what about nathan would you be okay if d. s. fights the winner of that fight for the belt. No problem with it. I think the days michael is going to be mad at you. I think the days of Earning the opportunity or this being meritocracy have long since gone. I think i would like to believe that. There's part of that. I would like to hold onto that as much as i had. But i don't believe that that is the case if i if nathan wins this fight. He's knocked off the guy that was going to be next. Why shouldn't he get that opportunity. You should. you'll his opportunity. In fact i believe he was on sportscenter and even as world yesterday. And i think he said essentially i'm gonna take his s-h-i-t he's he's taking it. So i have no problem with no and lee. Now if nate was in a separate fight and leo was in a separate fight and nate somehow jumped. Leon i have a bit of a problem with that. Have a problem. Where if he's beating the guy who's the guy. Sorry i. i have no problem with that. i can't. I can't pretend to be upset. You have to think the Somewhere just like praying. That nate pulses off right. Yeah camara strikes me as the type to not care so much who he's facing in the cage and care about his money like i think he's supremely confident he i think he thinks he can be either or leon lineup. I'll take them both out what he sees the dollar signs and rightfully so you should be compensated so i think he's got to be hoping it's nate But i don't think he's he's particularly concerned about either of them. I think kamara supremely confident. I see like nate. Plus for seventy five for forty four hundred leon minus four forty five as high as minus six seventeen six twenty. Five six fifty. I'm seeing..
"brett" Discussed on Five Rounds with Brett Okamoto
"Male revolution has begun. And i wrote. I knew it get onboard people and then you re tweeted that to your quote thirty three followers. It's ask social media expert. I mean this is true. I don't know if i would have signed up. Podcast arrose. But i am enjoying okay now. We continue So you wrote that. You were speaking out iro back. Just please. don't tell me you like and i. I made a joke. Referencing marcus bridge line from interview. Which i'm not gonna say my pleasure. I been there before. We all need help along the way to realize our dreams. I'll definitely let you know if you don't hear back from me in a few weeks. Definitely right back. I mean what a mention i am. I mean this is unbelievable. Now we start to get into the planning phase of the meeting and interestingly enough obviously we know you ended up at the imagine our the versus guys right back in like Were shedding not adding. So thanks but no. Thanks a sign of things to come but i do want to just quickly jump to the next email exchange. We've never gotten this deep into things on january. First two thousand twelve. You sent me another email five fifty four. Pm saying area. So it only took one exchange for you to drop the mr hawaii which i think is interesting in telling. I'd like to say email etiquette wise if somebody signs their email the name i will benefit from the use. That name boise this just etiquette. That's smart that's smart you right. I'd like to start out by expressing the utmost gratitude again for you taking the time to read my initial email to act. Loan meant a lot to me. It exceeded my expectations. Duty your email on my behalf. I was able to get a meeting with so and so two weeks at that point. He offered me a position in some capacity might title day responsibilities remain murky unclear helping out on the mayor. Needless to say couldn't be more excited. And i intend to work as hard as possible to contribute to an already amazing product. I'm still in disbelief. How comma dating generous people have contacted. And how have been and how quickly things have changed. Thank you eric jackman. Ps i hope you had a great hanukkah new year and a great work. Oh in great work at one forty one the head. He's interview was one of my all time favorites and the volkmann spot was interesting. And then you wrote. But why no dana interview kidding. I don't even get that joke. Because dana and i were on good terms back then so i don't even know i don't know what i don't know the joke either I do remember liking at the moment. I couldn't tell you off the top of my head. Anything that happened in that had he's interview but i do remember thinking you had a good chemistry At that time. What's jimmy's versus. You said oh i discern dammit. Did you remember his first name. I would have gotten to it eventually. His i liked him a lot at that time. And i liked the report that you had And volkmann must have been when he was in his presidential smith i'm sure it was around that time So yes. I do. Remember this while i was such a such a. What a true but it worked right. I mean you got me. Got me right up into that. Started the essentially january of twenty twelve and You know at least for now. I like to say nocco by you later We you know we say goodbye and We know we did it on the last of our in studio now we get to do it via zoom in my spare bedroom and you in bristol. Doing incredible work for espn mma handles alongside the incomparable tessa hirsch and so we don't have to reminisce the this entire time. Let's talk a little lemon may if we can Very very busy few days coming up. So let me ask you this. Efl for of course starring clarisa shields versus Can we just unfortunately found out. Anthony pettus no longer on the card. bella tour to sixty douglas. Lima against yorislav. I'ma sauve for the beltway. Title invicta fc phoenix series four. Or you have c- to sixty three. Which event are you most looking forward to. I mean it has to be you to come on in you know now. There's also a reisen this weekend. I just saw that. Oh i didn't even know. I will say any other week. Let's call it a fight night week. That that's tough compensate nut competition because they're they're staggered like they're they're they're not all at the same time but that's a strong week from those from those other promotions for sure absolutely but no all all roads lead to usc to six drink. The headline event of each of those cards so top top notch like those are the best. The promotion has okay. So let me ask you about to sixty three that. This is a an easy question. I don't think it's a layup Obviously the top three fights are the top three fights we know them is route a sonya or dare i say israel at this one yeah versus marm batori. Wet title Davis figure it overseas brandon rain over the flyweight title to images of course and then the return of nayef the as versus the words. Which of those three are you most looking forward to. Because i feel like you ask a bunch of people and you'd get a bunch of.
"brett" Discussed on Five Rounds with Brett Okamoto
"What the hell is wheezy. But geeky is at the senior rich. That's premature So interning at gawker a back in those days before he became childish gambino up or before childish gambino became popular He was making mix tapes for the internet only and in one of his songs on the i believe it was called a sack. He calls himself wheezy but geeky he has little geeky little wayne basically and that was the music. I was bumping at the time So my handle was busy geeky for all the old school childish gambino fans out there pre him becoming a big thing that was my handle and that was my email. I think it's important to note. Though that i hit you at the jerry park email and that's why i was saying i don't know if this is the right avenue to get you which then forwarded to you i didn't even know i was just. I was taking a shot in the dark on old website. Whose yes because you did. Send it to ariola jerry. Park dot com now. I don't know if we've actually gone through the entire thread here. But i think this could be fun and tremendous audio for anyone listening The first so. I then sent it to everyone that i was working for at the time. Chad mom brian tucker. I see people at verses that i sent this to three different entities. Then i wrote hair. Have we ever gone through the back and forth. We have not. I don't know. I know what that original email said because you read it nearly every year. I have no idea what the set. So i responded to you at five seventeen so literally twenty one minutes after which i think is pretty cool from a guy like me responding right away care nice to meet. You just sent your email to my employers. Unfortunately i don't do the hiring but you seem like a great gift for anyone. I will let you know what i hear back. Good luck and keep in touch ariel. Thanks for the kind words. so then i'm scrolling down. I see some people saying. Yeah maybe we can meet him this and that and then literally five fifty nine pm. So what are we talking. Forty eight minutes later. So i actually respond equipped than you responded to me. Whatever you right back aerial. I'm geeking out like marcus bridge meeting rampage right now. I wasn't expecting any response. No commentary on you. I just know you're a busy man and probably get tons of random emails every day. Let alone one. This immediate words can't express how appreciative i am that you even took the time out of your day to make a single fan. Feel anything is possible even if nothing comes of this. I understand that it's not entirely your call ultimately a bureaucratic process. The always have a fan right. Here can't thank you enough. I mean that is tremendous. You remember where you were when you wrote that. So yeah so we need to stop down here so a few things. Let's go back to responding in nineteen minutes and having already said this to all your employees. How did you in nineteen minutes sauce out that like this was somebody who could potentially help. When you know you know. I mean you talk in this place that plays it was a new my stuff you know. The the sentences were were well-structured. It just felt like again where someone that could be. You know. I've always said. I mean no one masters an email quite like you and You know ten years ago. We were still pretty darned good. I mean you're not quite posh as you are now but still pretty darn good. So yes i sent it immediately. I mean like if you even want to go back though the the you said that five eleven. Excuse me four fifty four at five fifteen. I sent it around. This people's i'm i was like literally on the ball here. I must have caught me at a really good time. Timing kids pre kids. I had nothing to do really you. Yeah let it be known areo knows a gem when when he hears or reads one So that happens. I'm geeking out. I'm telling my friend victor. Masha to victor ma. Who who's a great friend to me. I because up. Until i even sent the email i was like planning to do this by. What's the worst that can have a just what happens like he's in my city. There has to be something. Plus i was working at gawker. I had a little bit of media experience. I thought maybe there's a way. So i tell victor me and hammer like dancing around. So that's like maybe twenty minutes of that. We had victor like well. Email before celebrities are really kinda like interacting with people on twitter this momentous then take that extra twenty minutes after that may be right back email and say hey you know i hope something comes spread. No hard feelings have not amazing. You know it's funny celebration. Basically for some weird reason as i go back all the way to the beginning of our email exchanges july fifteenth two thousand and eleven you. I have a notification that air jackman wheezy geeky re tweeted one of my tweets. And it's i know exactly. Mitch treated us which one it was a tweet. Because i was working at gawker from either jacksonville or gawker out. An article about beta males. Would you at the time was a thing you and rampage were having discussions about and i either tagged you in it or coaching. I forget like how twitter was working back then Funny enough now it's my job but I remember thinking this is perfect. Contemporary wanted to see and trying to find a way for you to yes. Yes yes yes. And i wrote You wrote to me. The beta male revolution has begun. And i wrote. I knew it get onboard people and then you re tweeted that to your quote thirty three followers. It's.
"brett" Discussed on Five Rounds with Brett Okamoto
"Thank you area. What an intro. I will say that in my mind. The crust i movement never died in which it just took a hiatus just went on vacation for a little bit An hour serving the fans what they want. I i mean it was a tremendous movement. You know we used to do the show In new york city for about six months with corporate jake and a few other the production members would would stop by here there and You the crazy thing is You were there for the first show it was. I think june twenty four through june twenty fifth. But you were working at espn. I said i would like for you to be there. Just because you know you you knew how the show ran and you had expertise in the control room but of course my plan was to get you in the door and hopefully you didn't screw things up in everyone hated you and you didn't smell and they would give you a job and i remember the moment of the first show ended the very first show Our boss jacobs came into the studio at said. Okay what do you think. It'll take to get near rick over and i couldn't have been happier so You took a leap of faith. I told you. I would try my best and it worked out and we do. This post shows the kress. I shows as we call them and the problem was according to my metrics. My sources chris. I started to become more popular than the show itself. So you know you can't let that happen so we have to kill it. It had to die at that time. But now it's been resurrected and this This last one will do bonkers number And all of this isn't video. This is audio only. you're not. You're not big enough for video. Audio exclusive your reacting. Tell the people what you're reacting to sitting front of my screen. Arial sitting in front of the screen and much like when he was on sportscenter it went out the back end. I forgot we were audio. Man reacted to her. Yes audio only But things are going for those that don't know We've worked together for what we worked together. Went two thousand twelve was when we first started right. Yep i mean might have even started to lay the groundwork for that in late. Twenty eleven like. I think it was around christmas time if i recall ick thanksgiving christmas time. Twenty eleven when we first started like hatching the plan to do that so it has been nearly a decade if not a decade. You know it's funny that you say that. Because i just had to look through a plethora of emails i have my shit yes tradition. I happened to stumble upon an email that was sent to me on wednesday december fourteenth. Two thousand and eleven about me. Let's stop here for a second. Your memory is tremendous. You know it's it's been proven over and over but need hitting in the ballpark december. Twenty eleven now is not bad by around christmas time. Of course i mean what. I remember that as well i remember it was It was around the the rampage. Marcus image interview right. It was the night of the rampage markets inspire. No that can't be true because this is wednesday at four fifty four pm. I did that interview on a saturday night. It was simple. Things are i mean. I'm looking right at it. Wednesday december fourteenth. Two thousand eleven for you sure there was not some weird. No no no it was. It was It was tough finale. I remember i was in. Vegas was tough finale But i think this was like literally three days later. I think that was a saturday. Furnace that in any event. The email reads as follows. Mr how lonnie which is great. I'm not sure if this is the right avenue to contact. You couldn't find another email address. And i don't have a premium account on lincoln. Which by the way. I have no idea even how to go on lincoln so that thing. You didn't go that route. So i'm giving this a shot. I'm a twenty four year old new yorker so by the way two thousand and eleven. You're you're thirty seven nano. Your math is off. I'm going to be thirty. Four in august right. What i think it was thirteen years. Okay i'm a twenty four year old new yorker who's currently interning at gawker media and that's stint is coming to an end i've nothing lined up for the immediate future. So i'm taking the advice of senior given multiple interviews and going for something. I want as an avid. Mma fan fall sports daily including your twitter videos and nbc. Slash aol articles. I believe you are the premier journalist in sport as evidenced by the awards. Enough ask kissing though and you just happened to run the mayor for my own my hometown. I wanna be a part of it. Any part of it. I'm willing to work unpaid. Wow i forgot that part. I've already graduated with a degree in marketing from baruch. So i don't need college credit either to simply be involved if you need any more information or reference from my previous employer. I'd be more than happy to provide. That i appreciate the time and i hope to hear from you and then what was interesting about. It was the had three links at the bottom of your email. 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"brett" Discussed on Five Rounds with Brett Okamoto
"To a brand new addition and the final edition of area. Hawaii's emma may show right here on. Espn audio it has been an amazing run. If you haven't heard and i'm sure you have by now Next wednesday will be my last day at. Espn haven't announced where. I'm going what i'm doing. What the future holds but the three year run comes to an end. It's been an incredible three year run. It's been a dream come true. We have one more. Dc and how lonnie left we have the final two episodes of on the bad guy airing tonight and thursday night and you know when i was thinking about. How do i want to end the the hawaii show experience here. Of course we've had several different iterations different studios different lengths. Different days I wanted to To somewhat started the way or excuse me ended the way we started it and as you may recall in the very early days of the hawaii show here on on espn audio. We used to do a thing. Called the polls show aka cross i with my longtime friend my partner in crime new york rick and so i thought you know what for the oh jeez for the old school fans for the fact that for the first time in over ten years we actually be colleagues in working together. Let's do one last time near creek chopping it up as they say about the world of a mesa. Without further ado it's social media guru extraordinary here at espn news kind enough to carve out some time for us here on the program before we continue a quick word from our good friends over at manscaping..
"brett" Discussed on Five Rounds with Brett Okamoto
"What a great card. The may card is fun. The undercard is fun. You got two title fights on the card. And let's start with the first one israel of sonya against Inventory to quit bentley taking place in the same building. What are the chances that is versus vittori to what happened in the same building as izzy vittorio one. Several years ago glendale arizona. They meet again. This time for the middleweight title. Can i just say. I love everything about this. Feud that split screen interview. That happened on saturday. With izzy batory and i actually a big fan of arbitrary that outfit like like every it's just fun. The dynamic is fun. I don't know what the fight will turn into. But i am enjoying the final days leading up to this fight. I like what they have. I like the heat between the two of them. I love it. he'll wanna Because you could tell that. Marvin vittori annoyed israel at a sonya like annoys me like the marvin said i can't stand you is he. Goes i hate you like. He's a can't stand each other. But is he burps on the interview. That was the thing that made the bad out of every one thing that route the wall the right front of but ultimately it's a great fight. It was a good fight. The first time i called the first fight inventory. Forty years held onto the fact that he thought that i was too much at assign us cornered in regards to the commentary. He had a lot of success with his love him. He had success with his take downs. But over. The course divided felt like edison. You had done more so to see guy build his way back up from that to fight that same guy as the champion tremendous. This story could not be written any better. I cannot wait to watch this weekend. And i love the fact that this being was the the traffic cop in that one of all people like the hotheaded myklebust bank having to be the mediator between those two guys it was. It was poetic in some respects. Let me ask you this because you were there like you said for the first fight. Would you agree with me. That skill for skill israel to sign is a better fighter than marva tori. Would you agree with that statement. i can't i. I understand. that is a much better striker. He's got the championship experience. But it's hard for me to just say he's a much better mixed mark. He's a better mixed martial artist for skill. Because with tori has a lot of things that may not be as Develop in one regard that the other things that he does overall makes better right as physical strength his wrestling. Because for edison's striker but at a sign is not don't think at a better grappler. So it's hard to say he's the best as shortages out the like much. You're trying you're trying to head. Here's here's this is. Why question your okay. okay. I think that is e skillful skills the better fighter however i do believe that a big part of the fight game and you can obviously speak to this better than most his confidence. Right when you believe in yourself when you're confidence is high when you're on a winning streak going into a fight and this applies to anything in life and especially sports you are able to rise to the occasion and you were able to overachieved. Why bring this up is marva tories on an impressive winning streak martin. Vittori has beaten some tough guys. Marva tori believes in his heart that he beat his route a son in deserve to get that w. his confidence to me is at a very very high level right now on the flip side you have. Israel i think is the better fighter skill. Wise is coming off a loss. He's never tasted defeat in may. And towards the end of that. Like jahn kinda ran away with it. I know he didn't knock them out. And so why bring this up is. Is it possible that confidence is going to be a major key in this fight. Here's one guy was feeling himself. Who's on the street against the guy who just lost the loses bell and in some like. I want to say very clearly. I'm not counting on martin Migratory has a chance. Do not dismiss this guy because of the confidence because of what he believes and then i wonder because this other guy is coming off losses. Very rare for champion to becoming laws. Because usually your champion your come. Plus about in this case he moved up. Is it possible to the fact that he's coming off a loss. Actually help the situation in terms of the tories. Chances in spite you get what i'm saying i do not. I do understand what you're saying. Now i mean i will just talk individualized skills in departments. You'd i i know what you're saying. But listen marvins. Confidence is is is sky-high israel at sonya does never lack confidence. I think that he's one of those guys that can move past would happen in the bovid fight but marvin victory has the size in the ability to present some of the same issues for him. But i think what's being overlooked in yaba mehovic is that not only did. He beat his wrestler by talking about those. Take down the to fight. He was able to stand with easy. For long periods of time it lands shots more effectively. In order to win close rounds so marvan's not only gonna have to take is now holding there but he's also gonna be able to hold hold his old in the standup..
"brett" Discussed on Five Rounds with Brett Okamoto
"Fighting spirit trip responsibly. Imported kind of port chicago illinois. All right thank you very much modell. We love them. Now let's talk about sunday. Dc miami florida. Pretty boy floyd money mayweather returning to action against the youtube sensation. The social media influencer the guy who walked out with pokemon card around his neck. I mean just the wacky wacky only in america you get a situation like this guy with one fight under about against the fifty now floyd mayweather who has dabbled an exhibition fights. Of course you remember. Japan a couple years ago and in the end of course there was no winter because it was an exhibition fight and in the end everyone was talking about it on sunday. And maybe they're here with this. The sunday night thing for boxing matches. I know you watch it. Everyone was watching. It was a crazy day. edwards said. They weren't gonna watch it but in the end. My twitter timeline was all about it. Sportscenter g. espn. Id all about it. I'm just gonna throw it like a simple question right off the top. What did you make of what happened sunday. Night in miami. Between floyd mayweather logan paul. Jake paul had that pokemon card in the loved. It little daniels like dude. Has eve iztok pokemon card. Like the paul brothers are cool to these children nowadays timeout. You just you just call them. Jake paul is logan paul. You don't know the difference to people older brother a younger brother sakes. I'm sorry. I don't know i don't really know the difference between of all that once but logan. Paul is a kids in athlete to write kid. Russell you've done and you could tell they took this series because he tried way bigoted floyd but hats off to him for the genius though right. Ford is a guy that is forty four years old. he's fifty no when he decides to make a boatload of money he goes in fight someone that has no chance of beating him no chance hurting him and he gets a ton of people hard rock stadium and makes one hundred million dollars like who can do that but reality exists for mayweather as the flight went on. It looked like he actually tried to get get out of there and he couldn't really do it because paul kept grabbing falk at holding in paul's able to land eight rounds that's crazy so the winner of the night. If i'm being completely honest has to be logan paul. Because you went eight rounds with who. I believe daniel korea's opinion is the greatest boxer time and floyd beat him up. Lloyd crews would never hurt the kid he should have had at least knocked down once twice. Fish show the.
"brett" Discussed on Five Rounds with Brett Okamoto
"Back to a brand new edition of dc and halawani. That's dc daniel cormier. I'm awani area hawaiian. Dc we were one of these bad boys in two weeks feels like an eternity but luckily for us and the entire team no big news broken. Things have been pretty much status quo. So there's not that much to go over in our big return show. That's that's not necessarily true. Listen i pin the letter to my sweetheart their aerial. Why are you leaving me. Don't go like any more. I don't understand like the great group boys to men once said it's so hard to say goodbye to yes today. He why you have to go area of he would've i do by half of my heart is gone from. Espn's lion very very sad in by the news. But do you not love me. Do you not like me anymore. How could you d see. It's not you it's me. It's not you it's me did it here the news. I am I'm leaving pm next week. We do have two more shows left. We have one today. We have one next week and it. You know how i feel about you. You know i feel about this show. And i said this to someone earlier dc it almost feels fitting in a weird crazy way that this show was born at the very beginning of the pandemic and now at least for now it goes away as the world is starting to get back to normal. Maybe our sole purpose was to give people something to laugh about. Think about escape you know. Just do our thing now. That normalcy has almost resumed. We go back to our separate quarters. But you know how i feel about you in the show and how i feel about espn and the good news is we have one more of these to do. I don't feel like crying at the top of the show and then sitting here talking to you for Sixty or so minutes. I can't believe i'm never going to get to do the show with you in person. So i can't hug i. Will i ever see you again. I don't know we'll ever get to actually touch you and hug and kiss your ford i. It's a listen you'll never hug me. I've told you that type again. You'll never hug me and you. Bill lives for year. It was like it was like a professional wrestler that gets a run at the top. For a short period of time it was like kofi kingston becoming the world champion writer and then dropping the belt of rock lizard fifty we fast. We shot to the move in then disappeared. It was all we had for. You was a year but boy it's been a great year has been fun. So thank you for all your my god also. Hey i want to switch topics a little bit. Hey my son wants. I state championship last weekend. So for disappointed as my sunday started it ended a little bit better because little daniel became a state wrestling champion for the first time fourth time at the tournament. He didn't place the first time he was seven. He was third in last week and he won his first championship. So when you speak of normalcy you should. He was bouncing he was. I can't believe hotel in getting ready. Russell tournament it brought joy to see him acting that way to compete. That is incredible. I saw the picture that's most important by the way muslim congrats to load the annual walking in his father's footsteps. But the good news is he'll actually be better than his father. When it's all said and done i can't new is the tyke and he's well on his way the truth is can i finish my sentence. For god's sakes darriel wait area areas. I got tired of listening to braiding in my ear for the last year. Yes go ahead really your mouth breathing into the microphone. Listen take boy. Can't breathe up in here get tired. You'll stay local tea at sit here today. Opposed to what i was years ago. But you little daniel when he not only was a little boy but also did not for a second like his dad is russell cotes because he goes that him in the rest of the craziest thing in the world. Talk about your children embarrassing you in front of your friends he goes he yells at me. You go do you like your Yells at me. I get a lot of trouble awful. I really changed my ways to that. No one will. That came as got to do one of my favorite things at. Espn the e sixty piece on you. But in the end. I'll just say before we move on to me. This isn't goodbye to you or to the audience. It's itsy later. And i do think that we will cross paths in the future once again and i look forward to that but it has been an incredible time for the past year and it's fitting dc. Because not only is today. of. Course i'd be remiss if i don't wish you and yours a happy vcr day. I mean who remembers the good old vcr pop a vhs. Send you sit back with your popcorn. I mean it's just a great thing amazingly daniel Tomorrow is national. Best friend's day. How about that and you know you always said you wanted to be my friend. Reluctantly agreed dare. I say i consider you best friend. Lord knows if the amount of times we speak throughout the day is any indication of where we are at in our friendship. I think we're best friend status. So i feel like it's fitting that this all comes to an end the day before national best friend's day or are we more show next monday so we'll do the sappy goodbyes then for now though. Let's transition to what happened this past week in daniel. A lot of things happened this past weekend. You still are nowhere to be as far as you have see events. Go at the apex but we did have a big event involving some two very large men. Biggie boys are xenia rosen. Strike defeated the big man. Ooh we what a great went for him. Augusto sukhothai finished with a second left in the first round. That was.
"brett" Discussed on MinddogTV Your Mind's Best Friend
"That matter to him he he's he's got it in its infused into his point of view as well now it it comes out in different ways so mine for me is probably early. It has been in the past a little more direct. It's interesting because this now that you say this guy's this'll be fun if anybody's in alaska and wants to come see me. I'm trying to get away. I'm going to try to get away from some of that. I'm gonna try. I feel like this whole pandemic. it's crazy fuckin- thing. Everything has changed. You know in my in my world. I went from working at the comedy store in los angeles Feeling like i was right there. And i loved it i loved it and then all of a sudden pandemic hits everything. Shut down Is california gonna open backup. Joe rogan leaves. He comes out here. He's going to open up a new club. He calls my. My wife is like. Hey you wanna be. Yes we do so. It's like this whole new. Rebirth and i think my favorite comedian of all times george. Carlin what. I loved about. George carlin was. He had that that that you know that societal band. He he was a philosopher. He told you what he thought about the way the world was fucked up. And how you were a part of that. And i love that. Also a had a lot of material that was silly and an inward-looking right and that interests me and i've never gone that direction. So i'm i'm trying to push myself into that area. I feel like because here's the deal. I gotta write a whole new act. Because i don't remember what the fuck was talking about before the pandemic hit so there's no chance in going back to any material i had before so it started overtime. So you know. I've been working on some new stuff. And i'm going to try to drive it into the you know kind of More about the stuff we all share. Personally we'll see what happens Have you been on it since minutes. Six minutes into the. I said i'm gonna go right back to call in trump cox and i would give you credit for less than six minutes because i know myself. You haven't been on state since the lockdown. I have a couple of times. I've done a couple sets here in austin and I did a set. It set san diego before. I laughed and i did the comedy store. A couple of times comedy store opened up a little bit back in the fall when they were trying. Don't we thought we were going to open and then it hit it again. So i did some sets there but it's that was all really weird. You know what i mean. It's i feel like now. It's starting to be a little more like it was people at least here. I'm in austin. I've been going to shows every night. The it's fucking over here whether it is or not they're acting like it's done everything's wide open Yeah there's no nobody's wearing masks inside anymore I'm fascinated. i'm not worried about it. I don't know what your thoughts are on all of this but my feeling is at this point there are vaccines available pretty much. Everybody you can get one if you want one. Go get one. You don't want one. Don't get it i agree. And that's why. That's why. I brought up the political whether it because you are at least on twitter..