Hear and Now: Tesla, Transhumanism and Your Emotions on Marijuana

Hear and Now: Tesla, Transhumanism and Your Emotions on Marijuana HowStuffWorks

Here's the scoop on the HowStuffWorks Now podcast if you haven't listened yet: We bring you three stories that we've covered recently, give you a little teaser on what they're about below in this very article and you, if you like them, listen to the embedded podcast. Heck, if you really like them, you can even subscribe.

For our first story, Jonathan Strickland filled you in on why Tesla landed in the news early last week for a fatal car accident that occurred in May. The accident, which involved a Tesla Model S that had its Autopilot system engaged, prompted a lot of people to wonder about the future and safety of autonomous cars. Jonathan fleshed out the story and explained why things may not be as dour for driverless cars as perceived.

If you live in the U.S., you're probably tired of presidential politics. Actually, that's probably true even if you don't live in the U.S. So this week Robert Lamb brought you the story of Zoltan Istvan, a slightly different type of candidate and a high-profile transhumanist. Not sure what a transhumanist is? Here's the first bullet from Istvan's platform statement: 1) Implement a Transhumanist Bill of Rights advocating for government support of longer lifespans via science and technology. Lay groundwork for rights for other future advanced sapient beings like conscious robots and cyborgs. Robert also gave you a handy backgrounder on all the different splinter groups within transhumanism.

We also highlighted a story that Ben Bowlin did a little while ago on whether using marijuana can mess with your emotions. And nope, the research Ben mentioned wasn't just talking about how weed can make you paranoid. The researchers behind this Colorado State University study dedicated about two years to measuring how marijuana affects the user's ability to process emotions like happiness, sadness and anger (they had 70 participants total). Here's one finding that may or may not surprise you: Cannabis users weren't as good at empathizing as non-cannabis users.