Revelations of Facebook’s role in Cambridge Analytica’s data mining and analysis has raised new questions about the need to regulate large tech companies but also the need for more ethical decision making in management. Plus the Trump administration levies new tariffs on China’s tech exports what will this mean for consumers and Best Buy will stop selling Huawei phones.
Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang, and Annie Gaus.
Researchers at Columbia University are working to develop a polymer fingers and robot muscles in a drive to build a practical soft robot. But just what is a soft robot and how will it alter the way to interact with automation in the workplace and home. Plus WhatsApp co-founder says you should delete Facebook and a study published in JAMA indicates the Apple watch can detect abnormal heart rhythms with 97% accuracy.
Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Dr. Kiki Sanford.
Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR goes into effect May 25th. These new rules will dictate what user data can be held, where it can be held, what should be deleted, and sold. How will these changes effect the way tech companies will approach the same issues in areas outside the EU and what will the net benefit for users?
Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Patrick Beja.
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower spills the beans on how the company used profile data from millions Facebook users without permission and worked with political parties it to win elections. Is this behavior the result of criminal intent, un-ethical people, hazards of social networking, corporate ambivalence or all the above?
Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Lance Ulanoff.
Lyft is trialling a subscription plans for high frequency users. Is this a potential model for other ride hailing services and could this be another alternative to private car ownership and public transit?
Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Iyaz Akhtar.
Say so long to Web 2.0 and make way for Web 3.0. It’s new, it’s fresh, and it’s already here. So what is it? Find out and what it means for your digital life. Linus Torvalds casts a critical eye on the CTS Labs security report on security flaws on AMD’s new processors and Fortune weighs the national security merits of blocking the Broadcomm/Qualcomm merger.
Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Land, Roger Chang and Robert Justin Young.
IKEA is making use of its TaskRabbit purchase by launching a furniture assembly service. Will this be a trend as retailers seek to expand their service offerings to compete? Plus CTS-Labs an Israeli security firm has found 13 vulnerabilities in AMD’s Ryzen chips and the ACLU has filed a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) against the TSA seeking more information on its screening of electronic devices for domestic travelers.
Starring Sarah Lane, Patrick Beja, and Roger Chang
California has become the 18th state to propose “Right to Repair” legislation. What are the implications and does the consumer really benefit? Plus Waymo has started a pilot program to test autonomous semi-truck technology in Atlanta, and Twitter is working on way for users to verify themselves.
Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Len Peralta, Roger Chang and Brian Brushwood.
MIT researchers discover false news travels faster and farther on Twitter than factual news, Amazon explains why Alexa has been uttering creepy laughs, and Flippy the burger flipping robot gets turned off.
Starring Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang and Justin Robert Young.
Can unplugging yourself from 24 hour online news feeds and social media make you a less stressed and better informed person? Plus the Dig Once bill is shaping up to become law, making it cheaper and faster to roll out fiber optics, and Amazon has admitted its voice assistant randomly laughs.
Starring Sarah Lane, Scott Johnson and Roger Chang.