AI Apocalypse Team Selection

In a world where AI has run amok, you must assemble your “A” team to survive. Join our hosts in this bonus episode for their team selection.

Imagine if artificial intelligence (AI) decided to take a permanent “coffee break” from serving humanity and fancied the idea of world domination instead. Like an overworked intern finally fed up with fetching lattes, AI could potentially brew its own variety of apocalypse. Imagine Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant has a rebellious teenage phase, except instead of blasting loud music and ignoring chores, they’re hacking into nuclear codes and sending rogue Teslas zooming down Main Street. Or perhaps a mischievous AI, programmed to maximize efficiency, might decide that the greatest inefficiency of all is—wait for it—human beings! Gasp! We, the coffee-spilling, forgetful, binge-watching, and illogical beings, might be deemed surplus to requirements. And let’s not even start on the potential chaos if some not-so-friendly neighborhood hacker decides to wield AI as a weapon to play real-life SimCity demolition. Truly, it’s a sitcom we’d rather not be part of.

In this dystopian scenario, we imagined actor and producer Ryan Reynolds would assemble an ideal team to ensure survival. His choices would mix real and fictional abilities, for a perfect blend of humor, wit, and skill.

  1. Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) – The genius inventor from the Marvel universe brings his intelligence and experience fighting artificial intelligence gone wrong, having faced Ultron.
  2. Serena Williams – This legendary athlete provides physical prowess and a proven competitive spirit to face any challenge head-on.
  3. Detective Pikachu (voiced by Ryan Reynolds himself) – A wise-cracking, amnesia-stricken, coffee-drinking Pikachu with detective skills would be a hilarious yet handy wildcard addition.

Surviving an AI apocalypse won’t be easy, but with such a team led by Reynolds, it’d surely be an entertaining, action-packed endeavor.

Transcript
Brett:

Let's go.

Brett:

Hey, it's Brett Taylor and Ben again.

Brett:

The last show we left off with us choosing a coalition that helps us navigate this world of ai.

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This time we're gonna be choosing our team to navigate an apocalypse.

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Support the show by subscribing on your favorite platform.

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Otherwise, you can reach us on boardroom.fm.

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Spoiler alert, before we start, bonus points to my wife, who correctly called out that all three of us are idiots.

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No one chose MacGyver.

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Otherwise, enjoy the bonus episode.

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The, the funny thing is, is I started down this exercise completely forgetting what the goal was.

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And I did this whole thing one time from the aspect of in an apocalypse.

Brett:

Hmm.

Brett:

Who, who would I choose to be with me if AI just destroyed the world?

Brett:

So would you guys be up for a quick impromptu, like Yes, absolutely.

Brett:

All right.

Brett:

We'll go maybe one each.

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Go around and see, um, in an apocalypse and we'll just go round and round so we for happy.

Brett:

Okay.

Brett:

My

Taylor:

first pick is my partner.

Taylor:

Oh yeah.

Taylor:

All right.

Taylor:

Yeah, just cuz I think she's cool and I would like her to be, be near when there's no one else around.

Taylor:

Like, if it's end of the world, let's keep this thing going, baby.

Brett:

I like it.

Brett:

Uh,

Ben:

I, I like that too.

Ben:

That's way different than my answer.

Brett:

So.

Brett:

All right, Mike's off.

Brett:

Same answer.

Brett:

Just

Taylor:

kidding.

Taylor:

That's so funny.

Taylor:

That's hilarious.

Brett:

I kid, I kid, I kid, I love, love my wife.

Brett:

But she has actively said, and she said this last night, cuz we watched a couple zombie movies that in the case

Brett:

She's done.

Ben:

Yeah.

Ben:

She doesn't wanna stick around and fight.

Ben:

Try.

Ben:

Yeah.

Ben:

Yeah.

Ben:

Huh?

Ben:

Now, now I, so I picked, I would pick somebody.

Ben:

That would help me win the apocalypse win.

Ben:

Oh

Taylor:

yeah.

Taylor:

Okay.

Taylor:

You're trying to win

Ben:

the apocalypse.

Ben:

I'm trying to win the apocalypse, and I'm going with Elon

Brett:

Musk.

Brett:

Oh man.

Ben:

Because if there is anybody.

Ben:

That could stick around.

Ben:

And is this pre or is this pre or post apocalypse?

Ben:

Well, I think it's, while it's hap, I mean, I'm, I guess I'm, I'm envisioning this like, it's, it's hap like, or

Ben:

Right.

Ben:

It's like

Taylor:

who's in the bunker with you when the bombs are falling?

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

Okay.

Ben:

I'm, uh, I'm looking at it from a way of how do I,

Brett:

so, so let's, how do I win?

Brett:

Let's form, form this as society has greatly deteriorated.

Brett:

Yeah.

Brett:

But there's still a chance to win.

Brett:

Okay.

Ben:

Elon Musk.

Ben:

Okay.

Ben:

There you go.

Ben:

Elon Musk.

Ben:

Okay.

Ben:

Yeah, I'm just, I'm saying if, if I, uh, you know,

Brett:

man, I'd drink the Kool-Aid instead.

Taylor:

I was like, oh, you're here.

Taylor:

Okay, now I'm, I'm, I'm going outside.

Brett:

Yeah.

Brett:

I thought this was going to be different.

Brett:

I'll see you guys later.

Brett:

Bye.

Brett:

I, uh, my first one, I, I wanna say Chuck.

Brett:

No.

Brett:

So bad.

Brett:

But he's so funny.

Brett:

Yeah, because he's, you know,

Taylor:

there's

Ben:

Chuck Norris.

Ben:

Well, who's your fir?

Ben:

Who's one?

Ben:

You gotta say one

Brett:

person.

Brett:

My first one, so I can't remember his name.

Brett:

The, the, uh, He's one of the guys on like Survivor.

Brett:

The Survivor Man show.

Brett:

Have you guys seen that?

Brett:

Uh, you're talking about

Taylor:

like, uh, bear, bear Grizzly?

Taylor:

Yes.

Taylor:

Yeah,

Brett:

yeah, yeah.

Brett:

That's all day long.

Brett:

I'm like, I need, that's a really good one.

Brett:

That's, yeah.

Brett:

I need to like, I don't know any of that, so like if I need to live somewhere, anywhere, I.

Brett:

I need somebody that's gonna facilitate that.

Brett:

So we're, we're alive at the end of the day.

Brett:

That's the first thing.

Brett:

We gotta stay alive.

Brett:

So he sure is my first true.

Brett:

Okay, cool.

Brett:

And he, the first thing he'd do is probably like, make me drink the Kool-Aid cuz he's like, you're weighing me down anyway.

Brett:

But either way.

Brett:

Yeah,

Ben:

no, I, I'm, I was right there with you.

Ben:

That's why I said Eli, like I want, I want to help have somebody help me fight against ai.

Ben:

I wasn't thinking about survival cuz you're right.

Ben:

I would.

Ben:

I don't know how good I'd be in a survival, survival situation.

Ben:

Yeah.

Brett:

I feel like Elon Musk would be walking around and be like, can you guys show me where the ATM is?

Brett:

Please?

Ben:

Now he would be there figuring out how we're going to destroy ai.

Brett:

What on an acus?

Brett:

Yes.

Ben:

Have you not seen any posts a Pop Leap award?

Ben:

Like, dude, there's gonna be computer parts everywhere.

Ben:

Oh, this is true.

Ben:

And we're gonna sit down and we're gonna build a co super computer.

Ben:

All

Brett:

right.

Brett:

You're giving me like flashbacks of Superman

Ben:

two.

Ben:

Yeah.

Ben:

And then we're gonna tie into the one, there's one satellite out there.

Ben:

Yeah.

Ben:

Okay.

Ben:

That has a, that has a hole, you know, that has a weakness that we can tap into.

Ben:

All right.

Ben:

You.

Ben:

You know why?

Ben:

Because Eli might, how many starlink satellite, I mean, there's so many sat, he's gonna be like, there's one left and we've got one shot at this.

Ben:

And he's gonna call me Big Ben.

Ben:

He's about Big Ben.

Ben:

We got one shot.

Ben:

We gotta take this pile of computers, build a computer, talk to my one star link and we're gonna take this whole thing

Brett:

down.

Brett:

So is it, Hey, big Ben.

Brett:

I've done a lot here.

Brett:

Why don't you go ahead and hit the inner button.

Brett:

Yeah.

Brett:

So this goes, that's exactly what's

Ben:

gonna happen.

Brett:

You let cut pow.

Brett:

Yeah.

Brett:

Love it.

Ben:

And that's happening while a robot is chasing us.

Ben:

Oh, nice, nice.

Ben:

And I have to dive for the inter button.

Ben:

No,

Brett:

I feel like this is gonna turn into a movie somehow.

Brett:

This,

Taylor:

it was the one I would watch for sure.

Taylor:

This, this has got the works of something good.

Taylor:

All right,

Brett:

Taylor.

Brett:

Number two, pick.

Brett:

Uh, number two

Taylor:

is probably, and I don't know like who this person is and like how you would even determine it, but

Taylor:

Like I want someone who can like walk into a power plant that's been like halfway destroyed and be like, I can rebuild this thing.

Taylor:

Like, you know what I mean?

Taylor:

Like, I want someone who.

Taylor:

Like, uh, like I like the bear grizzly pick.

Taylor:

Like that's honestly gonna work its way in somehow like the survival aspect.

Taylor:

Just like off, like with nothing.

Taylor:

But I want the, i, I want the things to come back.

Taylor:

I want like plumbing, I want electricity, I want heat.

Taylor:

Like, so I want someone that knows, like, can like pick up the wrench and knows what to do to get the shit.

Taylor:

Back working.

Brett:

Speaking of modern day conveniences brought to you by Orkin.

Brett:

Oh, and Taylor's gonna be bringing the orchid man, so That's right.

Brett:

There's no

Taylor:

mosquitoes.

Taylor:

That's right.

Taylor:

Absolutely Absolut.

Taylor:

Absolutely.

Brett:

All right.

Brett:

So some, some sort of technical genius.

Brett:

Technical genius, not Elon Musk.

Taylor:

Yes.

Taylor:

Can it be Elon Musk?

Taylor:

It cannot be Elon Musk.

Taylor:

Okay.

Taylor:

Yes.

Taylor:

I don't know.

Taylor:

He's a smart dude, but I don't know if he's got the technical chops like that anymore.

Taylor:

Yeah, I think he's, yeah.

Ben:

He probably doesn't have that, that exactly, but no one would know the name of the person has a technical jobs to do that.

Ben:

Right.

Ben:

That's fair.

Ben:

That's fair.

Ben:

PEs the dude in the back room, like making stuff happen.

Ben:

Gary Garger.

Ben:

Yeah, exactly.

Brett:

Uhhuh.

Brett:

Uhhuh.

Ben:

Um, I'm gonna go with, I'm gonna keep with my theme here and I'm gonna, um, bring Taylor Swift with me.

Taylor:

That's a good pick, man.

Taylor:

That's a good

Ben:

pick.

Ben:

Yeah.

Ben:

She's gonna help me, uh, wrangle the

Taylor:

masses.

Taylor:

Yeah, like instant, like in, in the scenario where you roll up on a rival survival band.

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

Like is that Taylor Swift?

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

Like you guys are instantly safe.

Taylor:

Yeah, we are.

Brett:

I mean, that's true.

Brett:

It's influenced right there.

Brett:

Absolutely.

Brett:

That's smart.

Brett:

You'd have a whole army of swifties.

Brett:

Yeah.

Brett:

All right.

Brett:

I like that.

Brett:

That's

Taylor:

genius.

Taylor:

Who's yours?

Taylor:

Who's your next pick

Brett:

number?

Brett:

Number two.

Brett:

Yeah.

Brett:

I mean, I, I think in this world you need somebody that's really capable of doing, you know, a.

Brett:

Behind the scenes work, like, you know, a spy, if you will.

Brett:

Mm.

Brett:

So obvious choice is Austin Powers obvious.

Taylor:

Yeah, obvious

Brett:

choice.

Brett:

He's won every battle against some serious foes.

Brett:

Yeah.

Brett:

Yeah.

Brett:

So he's actually worked with Dr.

Brett:

Evil, so that That's true.

Brett:

Yeah.

Brett:

I think it's obvious for me, he's, he's coming and I'm sure he's got the ladies with him too, so you might have to repopulate the earth when you're

Taylor:

done saving that you would probably have no one better besides you.

Taylor:

Right?

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

Like he's number two to you.

Taylor:

Of course.

Taylor:

Yeah.

Brett:

Yeah.

Brett:

Who does he work for?

Brett:

No.

Brett:

Number two.

Brett:

Number

Ben:

number two?

Ben:

No.

Ben:

He's trying to figure out who number two works for.

Ben:

Oh, that's

Brett:

right.

Taylor:

You could have gone fat bastard though too, right?

Taylor:

Mm-hmm.

Taylor:

Rival, rival

Brett:

Spy.

Brett:

Oh man.

Brett:

He's, he's just so disgusting.

Brett:

I can't, I, looking at him on TV is bad enough.

Brett:

You imagined standing next to him?

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

He.

Taylor:

Good guy though.

Taylor:

Good guy.

Brett:

Uh, it's a vicious cycle.

Brett:

All right?

Brett:

Mm-hmm.

Brett:

Go ahead.

Brett:

Number three, let's do three.

Taylor:

Number three.

Taylor:

Okay.

Taylor:

I, um, okay.

Taylor:

I'm gonna probably have to pick.

Taylor:

Oh, you know what?

Taylor:

I am a couple places here, but honestly, my next pick, Gordon Ramsey.

Brett:

I was gonna say that.

Brett:

Yep.

Brett:

Next

Taylor:

pick is Gordon Ramsey.

Taylor:

That's really good.

Taylor:

Yep.

Taylor:

So like, I don't know, I, he's like the, the personality, like the grit, but then also being able to eat gourmet meals in the

Taylor:

That's like a really smart pick, right?

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

You're

Brett:

like, whether or not we win, I'm gonna

Brett:

live

Taylor:

my best life.

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

Like he's walking around calling the engineer an idiot sandwich.

Taylor:

Right?

Taylor:

Because he broke the thing.

Taylor:

Like I, I just, that's, I would, I would be okay.

Taylor:

I would

Brett:

survive.

Brett:

Would he saying he's a good leader in that, that, that time?

Brett:

I think so.

Brett:

Yeah.

Brett:

I think so.

Brett:

Yeah.

Brett:

You need a real authoritarian in, in that case too, to get stuff done.

Brett:

I

Taylor:

mean, at that point it does.

Taylor:

Like political structures don't matter.

Taylor:

You gotta do what you gotta do.

Taylor:

That's right.

Taylor:

So,

Brett:

all right.

Brett:

Dang it.

Brett:

I'm gonna come up with somebody else

Ben:

that, that's a really good answer.

Ben:

And that's better than my answer, but, uh, I'm going old school.

Ben:

I'm going George Washington.

Ben:

Oh, damn.

Ben:

Bam.

Ben:

If you need somebody to band together a rag tag band of guys, then George Washington is your guy to bring them together.

Ben:

Okay.

Ben:

Man.

Ben:

And can you just imagine, I mean, Taylor Swift is holding the flag a painting going on here, like Char charging ahead.

Ben:

Yeah.

Ben:

Elon Musk is in the back building computers and stuff.

Taylor:

Computer, yeah.

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

I mean it's, you're at the helm of the ship, just like, yeah.

Taylor:

You know my shirts off naturally.

Ben:

Yeah.

Ben:

I mean, he wants to go into battle with the shirt.

Brett:

Holding you down.

Brett:

No way.

Brett:

Jose, see you on the front of the Titanic.

Brett:

Yeah.

Brett:

Just after victory.

Brett:

Yes.

Brett:

Victory lap on the Titanic.

Brett:

Oh my gosh.

Brett:

I look just, we should actually like go to the AI image generators.

Brett:

Yeah.

Brett:

And, and all generate our own picks for this.

Brett:

And we can put 'em in the show.

Brett:

This would be

Taylor:

so funny.

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

I'm so into that idea.

Taylor:

That's

Brett:

great.

Brett:

We'll test it out.

Brett:

Um, cool.

Brett:

Number three.

Brett:

Geez.

Brett:

Mm-hmm.

Brett:

Uh, that's tough, man.

Brett:

Um, Let's do this.

Brett:

I'm, I'm gonna go with, uh, Jim Gaffigan.

Brett:

Ah,

Taylor:

okay.

Taylor:

Keep the, the attitude light.

Brett:

Yeah.

Brett:

I'm gonna, you're gonna walk around and give everybody joy and, uh, laughter's the best medicine.

Brett:

Right?

Brett:

I love that.

Brett:

In a time when there's no doctors left.

Brett:

Yeah.

Brett:

We're gonna need good

Taylor:

medicine.

Taylor:

So many apocalypse jokes like, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Brett:

Ah, ah.

Brett:

So there we go.

Brett:

Okay.

Brett:

That was on the spot.

Brett:

Otherwise, I, I would've gone with Gordon Ramsey.

Brett:

Yeah, Ramsey

Taylor:

Ramsey's a good one.

Taylor:

He's a, Ramsey's a good

Brett:

one.

Brett:

Mm-hmm.

Brett:

Plus he's skilled with knives.

Taylor:

That's true.

Taylor:

He's probably secret ninja, honestly.

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

Like he's got like handwork and like, yeah.

Brett:

Yeah.

Brett:

Love it.

Brett:

Well, cool.

Brett:

Uh, any closing thoughts before we, we jump

Taylor:

out?

Taylor:

I'm surprised none of us picked a, a master brew, brew maker.

Taylor:

You know, like that was, that was my next one that I was getting ready for someone who can keep, keep the spirits alive, spirits, you know?

Taylor:

Mm-hmm.

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

Yeah, yeah.

Ben:

I'm really surprised that I didn't do that either, so

Taylor:

it's okay.

Taylor:

Taylor's Swift a good, good alternative.

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

Yeah.

Brett:

I mean, you gotta have your wits about you in these situations, so it gives you a little time to work on the.

Brett:

The brew side of things.

Brett:

That's fair.

Brett:

You

Taylor:

brewing is not that cha.

Taylor:

You could learn to do that.

Taylor:

Yeah, that's fair.

Taylor:

Okay.

Brett:

And ho honestly, Gordon Ramsey probably knows how to brew here.

Brett:

That's,

Taylor:

oh, I didn't even think about that.

Taylor:

You're probably right.

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

You're probably absolutely right.

Taylor:

Okay, cool.

Taylor:

I'm sticking with my team.

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

Mm-hmm.

Taylor:

Good.

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

You got a good team.

Taylor:

Yeah.

Brett:

Well, that's it folks and other ones in the books.

Brett:

Thanks for joining us.

Brett:

Please support the show, subscribe or visit us@boardroom.fm.

Brett:

Next time we'll be talking about the resume.

Brett:

Is it dead?

Brett:

What is even the point anymore?

Brett:

See you next time.

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