Listen: The new wild and crazy life of Amazon's Jeff Bezos (The 3:59, Ep. 518)
"Welcome to the three fifty nine. I'm Ben FOX Ruben Jackson. So Jeff Bezos is public life. Took an interesting turn Amazon's founder and CEO has maintained a mostly positive image as a press shy. Geek, but on Thursday night, his personal life spilled out onto view after he revealed an apparent blackmail plot by the National Enquirer supermarket tabloid which was threatening to publish his racy pics, including if I remember correctly, a below the belt selfie as they described it that he sent to his mistress. What's going on? Like, I I guess to connect this to the fact that like we work for CNN and not a fellow tabloid. What are your thoughts about this like as far as like, how does it impact bazo side as an impact Amazon like anything about that definitely puts basis on the forefront of a lot of different kinds of discussions national security discussions because the Trump administration is all wrapped up in the whole national fire thing Muller investigation is all wrapped up in the national choir thing, so it takes basis as a gigantic figure as the world's which is man. And also, the leader of one of the most powerful companies takes them all out of being that like large figure on tech stage and make some a larger than life figure on a world stage dry, politics and other other issues, and he was connected to that. That's a great point. He was connected to that initially through the Washington Post, but the Washington Post and Trump was kind of at loggerheads with bazo so ready to begin with about Washington Post's, cover. Edge and calling it the Amazon Washington Post and all this other stuff. But this really does seem to insert him into these long term other controversies that Trump has been having to deal with it. So so that is definitely a weird thing. The other interesting aspect is what is due to public persona at this point. And I wrote about this on Friday. He seems to be enjoying a really nice PR coup. Everybody could have been talking about as racy photos. What about his judgment? What's he doing yet as long term marriage? And now all of a sudden, he's sending photos, basically, dick pegs to his mistress. Like what's going on here? And I it seems like he's really presenting himself as a hero at this point. I think a lot of people it's been fun. And I shared that you notice this being Amazon's reporter that at the same time. There are a lot of sort of like who knew that I would be unjust as aside for like totally flipping the script on this attempt to blackmail, the richest man in the world, which I don't know how is that was to begin with. But it's happening in the same. People are sort of there's a noise at Amazon in New York City still over these two there's annoyance at Amazon over this tipping only going into base pay for drivers issue. So there's a lot of reasons why people there's there's a kind of public relations thread that's negative towards Basil's on a lot of other fronts, but this because it's such juicy lurid stuff. The main thing we are talking about our mix. All right. Let's change gears completely Joan you a chance to test out the magically a argh Lassus Sundance. You watch something called the a jester's tale using the schedule. Can you tell us a bit about the Justice tale? What was your right? It was really weird. I did three experiences magically Paulos at Sundance two of them were made by magically on the third was this gestures tale experience that was made by a guy who does other other AR experiences in the past. But he doesn't work from Ashley if you're just using their technology, and it was really weird. It had like this YouTube pop star in it named poppy who like her her brand is just being aggressively weird. So if you know anything about poppy, you get a sense of just how strange this experience was there was a live actor in it. A little boy who was trapped behind the trash behind a wall. And I had to choose whether to kill him or kill myself. There is a live actor Graham, no hologram. And then he was also alive actor. Well, they. Yeah. So there were there was a floating ball park that magically helped with there's like a floating ball of dots. That was an artificial intelligence that was doing reverse turing test on me, it was trying to determine trying to do testing me on whether or not I was human and asking me questions about stuff that these what are called volume metric assets, there'll be holograms of people like this little boy and his mother and poppy would stand in this room. And I'd walk around them. It was no none of this really is your sense of what the story was supposed to be like in this entrance. It was super trippy. So it's hard to it's kind of hard to describe. So the cost of this had side is two thousand two hundred ninety five dollars considering that very big price. Do you think magically is going to be able to really inject a lot more enthusiasm into the world? Right. I mean, they can even termed this first addition of their device, a creator addition it's designed for people like Assad who made this experience to get their hands on it make weird or crazy or interesting or tearjerking experiences. And then they can have magically to magically three something. That's a little more accessible, that's the idea. Anyway. Anyway, if you want to read more about these stories check us out on I'm Ben FOX Joni laws. Thanks for listening."