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A highlight from Superconductivity: One Step Closer
"Sustainability is a critical issue and on the new sustainably speaking podcast, we'll talk with trailblazing leaders who champion solutions to ensure a more sustainable and low carbon future. Subscribe today and don't miss this limited episode podcast. Hey, future of everything listeners, it's Janet Babin. The UN climate conference that just wrapped up in Glasgow Scotland, it elevated global conversations about new clean energy sources. And the podcast has spent the last couple of months now reporting out strategies for a zero carbon future that include a reboot of the world's energy sector. And earlier this year, we reported on a development that could one day reboot the energy sector in a completely different way. By eliminating electrical resistance. Thereby dramatically improving energy efficiency. This is the game changing potential of superconductivity. If the world could harness it, we could make trains that run routinely from New York to California in record time and power rockets that could fly to Jupiter. We're taking this holiday week as an opportunity to bring back this popular episode. Hope you enjoy. Several months ago, The Wall Street Journal featured an article about a man who was mining Bitcoin from a computer in his house. The computer was working so hard. It was heating up the entire room. Bitcoin, put your computer through a lot of calculations. And many of us are spending most of our time at home these days. So the man found a way to use all that energy coming off of his computer. He siphoned it to heat a greenhouse and grow basil and cherry tomatoes. That's how much energy his computer was wasting. And it's not just the Bitcoin guy, all of the devices we're using give off excess energy. How many times have you noticed your laptop scorching your thighs? Collectively, we lose billions of dollars every year because of this so called waste heat. It got me thinking about futuristic alternatives that could work to reduce that waste. So I reached out to an expert. I'm Marvin Cohen. I'm university Professor of physics at the University of California at Berkeley. Doctor Cohen explained that this waste heat from all of our devices happens because of friction. Too much friction from electrons. The electrons go down the wire, and they bump into things sort of. In the wire is heated so they get knocked around. And that gives you resistance and the wire gets hot. Cohen says that friction is called electrical resistance. And it's just what happens when you conduct electricity. It's normal. It means that some of the energy gets lost. But there is a way to get around it to manipulate the electrons, so the wires don't get hot and energy doesn't get lost. So if you could bring them together and keep them together, you'll have a superconductor. Superconductivity. The ability to conduct electricity without any kind of interference or electrical resistance. Materials that are perfect conductors of energy. Doctor Cohn says it's really hard to bring the electrons together to get them to pair up like this. You have to find the right material and then put them under extreme conditions, super cold or high pressure. But when you do these materials become almost magical. They conduct energy without electrical resistance. They're perfect conductors of electricity. And if we could get that to happen, could figure out how to make that happen on the regular, superconductivity could change the world. Cohen says it would mean super high-speed trains that can go as fast as planes. And it could make our energy problems almost disappear. If you could hook up Niagara Falls to Berkeley, you can get all the electricity from Niagara Falls, Berkeley without any losses. It would be incredible. We could even make a space rocket that could get us to the outer reaches of our solar system. Forget about mass, maybe we can go to Jupiter. Basically, superconductivity is the Holy Grail of physics. But like the Holy Grail, superconductivity has
A highlight from Best of 2021: Inside the Subreddit That Blew Up GameStop
"Make sense anymore. We made this episode back in January when GameStop stock was on a crazy ride thanks to a bunch of investors on Reddit. It seemed like it couldn't last. But now it's November. And the ride is still going. And a quick heads up. There is some swearing in this episode. Well, tell me a little bit about yourself. I guess as much as you're comfortable telling me. Sure, I'm a software engineer in the southwest. This guy, we're going to call him Jason. He's a 36 year old dad. Jason is not his real name, but we agreed to give him a pseudonym because we're talking about a subreddit he's on, called WallStreetBets. A subreddit that is at the center of the chaotic last few days in the stock market. And he didn't really want his employer to know about all of this. I asked him what he thought. The first time he went on WallStreetBets. My impression was that these guys are absolute doofuses and it's hilarious. It's difficult to describe without swearing because they swear about themselves so much. It's okay, it's a podcast, you can swear. WallStreetBets is like a lot of Reddit in that there are a bunch of people with screen names like doctor blunt, or my mom looks at this. But these people are there to talk about investing. Mostly day trading. Okay, well, lately, this deep fucking value guy has been posting really in depth due diligence. This guy clearly knows what he's doing,
A highlight from NFTs, Explained
"For everyone from artists and creators and other companies builders and to institutions big companies and institutions or just anyone seeking or to just understand anyone seeking or even to just understand explain or even to just others explain NFTs. to others NFTs. If you're also interested in Taos, which we touch on briefly in this episode, we just recently published a list of readings all about dows. It's for anyone seeking to understand build and otherwise get involved with these decentralized autonomous organizations, which represent the future of community coordination work and much more. So we've curated resources for people at different levels of interest from dipping one's toes into going deep. You can find that at future dot com slash Tao that's DAO canon. Again, that suture dot com slash Dow cannon and future dot com slash NFT cannon and now on to this episode, we cut through all the noise around NFTs to share what precisely NFTs are, as well as the underlying crypto big picture before we dig into specifically what forms they take, then we cover common myths and misconceptions from confusing overlaps with other concepts to tackling commentary like it's just a jpeg, or that it's just hype to addressing the question of energy use. Also covering briefly how NFTs work, providing a quick overview of the players and ecosystem and throughout discussing various applications too. My expert guests are Jesse Walden, now a variant fund and formerly cofounder of media chain labs, which is acquired by Spotify and Linda che now of scalar capital, and formally an early product manager at Queen base, both are good friends of asics and crypto. As a reminder, none of the following should be taken as investment advice for more important information, please see asics and dot com slash disclosures. So let's just start with a quick set of definitions. What is an NFT? So NFT stands for non fungible token, which is just a term used to describe a unique digital asset whose ownership is tracked on a blockchain. This can be really broad set of assets from digital goods like virtual lands and artwork to claim on physical assets like real estate or clothing items. What I heard you say there is not just digital because it can cover something physical as well that you can essentially represent as NFTs. Yeah. It's a really, really broad space. It's exciting to see NFT art really take off, but this covers a So I like to focus on the digital side of things a little more and a metaphor that I would offer as a definition is nfts are a way to make digital files ownable. Instead of a financial asset you can now own a digital media asset on the Internet. And that's why the file metaphor is app. You can now own a jpeg on an MP3 and what you're essentially doing when you create an NFT metaphorically uploading that file to the blockchain, such that anyone can track its provenance and attribution. So Dixon described this in a recent blog post, very simply put as NFTs or blockchain based records that uniquely represent pieces of media or in your words, Jesse, a file. One more word to focus on is the fungible in the non fungible token, which is that you can represent these items uniquely. I just want to really emphasize because again, when you think of a dollar that's fungible, or even a single Bitcoin arguably is fungible. It's something fungible is interchangeable, replaceable. It doesn't matter what dollar I have as long as I have a dollar. But in this case, something is non fungible means it's super unique. And we can go into what that means in a moment, but before we do, let's talk now about the underlying crypto aspect of NFTs, not the specific crypto protocols, but maybe more broadly, what are the properties of crypto? Because we don't want to make those conversations about crypto per se, but about how crypto enables NFTs. When you think about the physical world, sometimes it involves a notary, like a third party bank, it involves someone in the art world Providence tracking through certificates, this ability to own and track a digital file without a third party player intermediary is key. That's right, depend on the bank to maintain the ledger or the title to a property that you buy. There's some property registry that the state or
Microsoft unveils four Surface computers and a new folding phone
"Big surface event panos pumped mega pumped screens folding cameras. Improved walk straight yet. So there was eight devices into an update to the so basically the context of this is mike. Smith has a bunch of new surface devices for windows eleven so they will drop in on october fifth and they also have an android successor for the surfaced u as a substitute so got surfaced. Pyrite which. I think. I wrote before they still announced but this is the kind of one. We've been waiting for years. Kind of minas ov- redesign but some Screen changes and internal changes. Fundable this stuff. So that was kind of expected and then really minor change. The surface pro acts as a wifi modal. That was kind of like okay. Cool that's happening. Then the surface go free again. Might changes Prices up upgrades this stuff. So yeah k- cool. We kind of expected that. As well. And i guess the surprise Surprise we were expecting a new surface book. But it's the surface laptop studio so replace but team that sort of name and like the way they did it but basically it's a complete redesign at the surface book. So gone is the detachable display. Which i guess i didn't like pessina and a faint everyone Questioned is it full. I don't think the surfaced laptops g necessarily has a good answer to who is it for either but the the actual design is essentially if you remember the odor acer laptops with the the screen folds for almost pulls food or hatred. Folio they post on. It is kind of that design. So it's not really like the unique design that you would expect from the surface of us. That's kind of like myself really focused. Previous who has been very unique hinges and stuff is like a kind of unique hinge in that sense for the overall designers. Yeah it's like one of those crazy eight laptops that we saw many years ago just looks a lot better and more refined
Everyone Will Be Able to Clone Their Voice in the Future
"World today often feels like it's full of digital voices with a assistant siri amazon alexa and google reading your messages announcing the weather in answering trivia. Here's what i found on the web but if you think things are chatting now just you wait. The voices of these a assistant used to be based unreal recordings. Voice actor spent hours talking in a studio and these clips would-be cut up and rearranged to create synthetic speech but increasingly. These voices are being created using artificial intelligence. This means we can not only create more realistic computer. Voices clone the voices of real people much more quickly creating endless artificial speech at the touch of a button for example it was surprisingly easy to make a synthetic version of my own voice. In case you missed that. That was not me talking. That was all made digitally by typing into a computer. So why would some want to do this. Besides the obvious novelty of it. You might have guessed a reason to make some money. I listen to this was going on. Kevin hart here. I wanna talk to you about why. We have to have mac and cheese every night. Think about it. That's why. I recommend thousands of new shows and this is a promo from baritone one accompany. That's working on an ai product to create synthetic voices and make them something. The media industry wants to us. So we've created a platform. Ai which at the end of the day turns unstructured data into structured data. That's shaun king executive vice president. Ed veritas one. So if you're thinking about audio thinking about video things that are typically unstructured and we make that searchable discoverable author a host of different a cognitive engines that are there from transcription beaker detection speaker separation. And then we provide those tools to you know many different industries that are eating
Are Amazon's Algorithm Bosses Coming to Your Workplace Next?
"You think your boss is watching you at work. Monitoring your every move well if your manager is a series of cameras sensors and algorithms. Then you're not wrong. And that may also mean you work at an amazon fulfillment center. The company known for the detailed tracking of packages and user. Information is also tracking the movements of workers at its warehouses looking to precisely measure efficiency and increase productivity wall street. Journal's tech columnist christopher mims calls this bazo schism named after amazon founder jeff bezos. He's got an upcoming book about it called arriving today from factory to front door why everything is changed about how and what we buy any joins me now. Hi christopher hay zoey. Thanks for having me so christopher you coined the term bazo schism. What exactly does that mean so. Basis ism is the combination of sensors and software to measure. How well somebody is doing their job. And then use software which has of course logic or an algorithm in it which was defined by an engineer. Somewhere to then tell that worker okay. You're doing a good job or you're not doing a good job or you need to be doing this differently. And so bazo. Schism or management by algorithm or management by software. At the end of the day it is just about creating a set of rules and then handing it to a machine to enforce those roles so the person's boss is
Apple Watch Executive Takes Over Secretive Car Project
"Apples always pushing the edge. And i thought apple kind of watched walked away from from cars but the apple watch executive is taking over secretive car project now. Just two days before hideaway. Doug field ahead of apple secretive car project that tech china's tap apple watch exact former adobe. Co kevin lynch to take his place so in the latest changing of the guard for the project known as project titan which is rotated leaders about as much as reporting shifted focused They replace individual so he's been working on this since july when he was brought in to help develop the vehicle software. He's been with apple since two thousand thirteen. Curiously bloomberg rights at lynch still reports to apple's cheap chief operating officer jeff williams and not to john daria the company's head of ai. So we'll keep a watch on what's apple doing anything apple build some apple bands will
Facebook Announces Launch of Ray-Ban Stories Smart Glasses
"This morning. Launched two hundred and ninety nine dollar ray ban stories smart glasses to let users capture photo and video. Listen to music or take phone calls available to buy in six countries including the us quoting alex heath in the verge they're called rayban stories and you'll be able to find them pretty much anywhere ray. Bans are sold including lenscrafters and sunglasses hut stores the frames feature to front facing cameras for capturing video and photos. They sync with a companion camera. Roll app called facebook. View where clips can be edited and share to other apps on your phone not just facebook's own there's a physical button on the glasses for recording or you can say hey. Facebook take a video to control them hands free and perhaps most importantly they look and feel like regular glasses with their core ability of taking photos and videos. Ray bans stories are essentially a sleeker version of snapchat spectacles which i debuted in two thousand sixteen to a lot of hype. That quickly fizzled. these ray. Bans don't have displays in the lenses like the latest spectacles. That were unveiled earlier. This year however speakers on both sides of the frame can play sound from your phone over bluetooth allowing you to take a call or listen to a podcast without pulling your phone out a touch pad built into the side of the frame. Lets you change the volume or play and pause. What you're hearing. Rayban stories are the first product in a multi year partnership between facebook and european. Eyewear conglomerate issa laura lozada ray bans parent company while they're limited in what they can do. Rayban stories are the most normal looking accessible para smart classes to hit the market so far both companies also see them as they step toward more advanced augmented reality glasses that overlay graphics onto the real
Amazon Bringing Cashier-Less ‘Just Walk Out’ Tech to Whole Foods
"Foods is going to be getting the amazon. Just walk out technology. I two stores will be in california in washington. Dc and the the glover park neighborhood of washington dc and in sherman oaks california. This is the the store where you go. You're grab and you go you. Did you try stacey in i. Yeah i there but this is actually bigger so it's the same technology but it's it's a whole it's applied over. Yeah how many cameras. How do you count. How many bananas you got. Let's imagine the computational workload that's happening behind the scenes 'cause. I mean how many people in a grocery store at any given time like two hundred. So when you get to the whole foods you'll you'll scan the The app or insert a credit card linked to your amazon account or and this is very controversial. Place your palm. over palm. scanning system called amazon one yemen came back so but but you could also just scan the app. You need to identify yourself. Somehow i think probably safer to use you. Know phones Authentic happen and it's totally fine. It is annoying catholic eighteen different amazon apps on my phone. True if you opt out of the cashier lists technology There aren't any cashiers. You'll have to use self-checkout or go over to a customer service
Unpacking the Azure CHAOS DB Flaw With Nir Ohrfeld of Wiz
"And manu often. I'm a senior secur security researcher here at the weasel near for our listeners. Who might not know whiz. Tell us a little bit about what was a classical with the company. Which helps you to uncover. The cloudy sokaia vulnerabilities exposure that. You're having your environments with toddlers. Some pretty eye-popping research on a big security finding in microsoft's cosmos db database feature which is a feature of its azure cloud ecosystem environment. Tell us if you could a little bit about the vulnerability you discovered and how you got to start looking at this cosmos database a festival every network caulking population goal. Is they database. Eventually every acting event you hear about in the news involves some kind of data league ransoming intelligence with all of that is is is inside the database. We've seen that debate is very popular. Among a gusto in our original goal was actually to find some common recent miss configuration. So we'll be able to show that in the product but You know one thing led to another and it will today maybe explain a little bit about what cosmos is. I mean obviously people are familiar with enterprise. Databases sequel server oracle and so on. Is cosmos a totally new database platform. Or is it just a kind of cloud and standardization of existing database technology. So a yet just a regular the cloud. This nation the college of databases like the go-to database solution for your customers. So we got the customers use cosmos debate for holding everything that you will the useful. Your standout databases. That's why such a high value because eventually it's a database. the customers don't have the actually possess. It's someone else's computer. Michael in this in this exempted
No Cashiers, Please: Futuristic Supermarket Opens in Mideast
"The Middle East has got its first completely automated cashier less store at the retail giant rolls out his vision for the future of the industry in a cavernous Dubai mall like Amazon's break through on man grocery stores that opened in twenty eighteen the colorful mini market looks like any ordinary convenience store but hidden among the familiar fat loss is sophisticated system that tracks shoppers movements eliminating the checkout line and allowing people to grab the products they'll walk out with only those with the store's smartphone app may enter nearly a hundred small surveillance cameras blanket the ceiling countless senses lined shelves five minutes off the shoppers leave their phones ping with receipts for whatever they put in their bags I'm Charles de Ledesma
Apple Announces First States for Wallet Drivers Licenses, IDs
"Today apple announced the first states. That will be rolling out the ability for you to add your drivers license or state. Id to the wall app on the iphone or apple watch arizona and georgia will be the first state to support the future with connecticut iowa kentucky maryland oklahoma and you to follow now apple said that select tsa security checkpoints at participating us. Airports will be the first locations where you can actually present your idea on your apple. Watch or whatever to get through security. There are some privacy concerns and whatnot that some people have raised. But apple's moving forward with it and those are the first states to go along with it.
Why Remote Work Could Last for Two More Years
"The next one. He an article from the wall street journal. Remote work may now last for two years. Actually i've been having a lot of conversations in the last seven days about this From both sides some executive flying some some none excecutive client looking how their companies has been continued pushing. They're now pushing to january or february and that basic makes two years. You're not close to the case. Being two years out of office gave we survive. We grow the business why they want to buy and there is a lot of people. You know asking sinus interesting. Because when the beginning of the pandemic we discussed that around thirty three percent in each group you know the people like me who many years ago walkaway from dell food to people who were going to discover okay. I really like this working at home. People like what we mentioned into prior on a condo us group of people who are counting the seconds to get back to that world to live to their an old this. What is interesting is there was more movement doors that middle category that. I don't want to come back. I want to find a hybrid solution. Go once in a blue moon but not every day but still have the opportunity to buy than any of the other two extremes at least for the people who i have informally Question about it. Then he's really interesting for me because he's like okay so you discover now we have cake and now you want to make sure you make the cake i needed to so you don't want to go to the office but you want to. Have they office or when you went into go It's not how it works. It's still this is getting worry for a lot of people because there is. There is a lot of really valuable people who has been buried vocal about. I am not coming back or you figured it out or i will say that
Reflections on Urban Data, Analytics, and Collaborative Urban Development in Africa
"She's a postdoctoral research at the university of bit vodkas round. She's a town planner and researcher on african cities with a particular focus on the role of policy in shaping urban few just in africa meriem. Welcome give us a brief introduction to your background and your academic interests of originally from nairobi kenya and now bit state joins us bikes african. So i'm trained as a town planner from the university of nairobi in kenya. And then i came here to join his bug so up in here for a few years on through expanding my knowledge and research on cities. That's my background. In academic interests really have been on not just town planning this of projects of city building and especially how public sector planning and policymaking trying to achieve beto aben species for for all who live in it. So it's it's a research policy. Research on urban growth in the different dynamics that shape to development especially in africa in my focused in has been the two cities are of lived. In which is narrow be enjoyment on the topic of preparing for future cities. What is getting growth. This proactive town planning in city management. In which countries have you seen success in africa internationally from the data on african abundance which is sort of projected to drive most of the evidence in the next few decades it it. It looks like we are going to have a lot of cities and mega-cities in africa. Presently we have maybe. Three mega-cities bug is projected to grow in the next few decades but they abandoned in africa is also being driven from the smaller towns in secondary cities that have a population of say quarter million and most of ny liberal most of the discussions are about how this growth to be managed and traditionally. We have this sort of formal proactive systems. Town planning that attempt to prepare setup the rules of about how it is to grow before the city's urbanites but what you've been observing boy especially in african towns and cities more organic formal growth and development that is known necessarily planned which then creates this economy. Were to sit out for more planned a good city or ideal city and informal and planned by the to need to correct and i think what we can begin to look at his
Mandating Vaccines Shouldn't Be a Restaurant Worker's Job
"So a lot of places across the us have faced pushback. Just for requiring masks indoors but a full on vaccine mandate feels even more controversial. Why are these these taking the step. So city leaders and experts are hoping that requiring proof of vaccination to enter restaurants gyms an indoor places will just encourage people to get vaccinated and ultimately stopped the spread of cove in nineteen other countries that have instituted similar requirements for showing vaccination indoors have seen vaccination rates. Go up this happened. In france this happened in italy and even though there was pushed back to these policies a lot of people just found it more convenient to actually get the shot and which city was the first to make this move to impose these requirements. New york city was the first city in the us to make an announcement that they were going to do. Something like this is a miraculous place for literally full of wonders. And if you're vaccinated all that's going to open up to you you'll have the key you can open the door but if you're unvaccinated unfortunately you will not be able to participate many things. That's the point. We're trying to get across so now in new york you basically need to show you've gotten at least one shot to go to an indoor establishment so at the gym and entertainment venue. It's gonna take a while for people in the city to get used to this. So the policy went into effect on august seventeenth. But there's sort of this weird grace period so the enforcement of the policies not gonna start until the middle of september. But you know it's not just new york now. New orleans has vaccine passport program in san francisco put in place a vaccine passport system that started on august twentieth new orleans enforcement for their system actually began last week. It's also worth noting that not all of the. Us cities that are doing this have the same exact requirements. So san francisco is requiring proof of vaccination meaning that you actually have to show evidence that you got both shots. If you're getting a two dose vaccine while new orleans you just need to show that you got one dose or or negative cova test in order to actually get into one of these than us and you know. We should expect more of these requirements. Potentially pop up los angeles is considering adding a mandate as well on these could also change especially as you know kids become eligible to get vaccinated as well right now. These don't apply for people who can actually get the vaccine.
NASA's Mixed-Reality Engineering Tool Is Allowing Scientists to Collaborate
"A team at nasa goddard space flight center is investigating augmented and virtual reality applications. That could help. Researchers work collaboratively on any aspect of mission design implementation or training. Here's tom grub a computer engineer. Who serves as the principal investigator for the research. Augmented reality where you see. What's around you but the computer overlays graphics on top of what you're seeing kind of like your car heads up display or if you've seen the fighter pilots how they have you know all that information so we are doing that type of work with. We're working with satellite servicing projects division. Where they are going to service a satellite in orbit but controlled here on the ground. Augmented reality isn't the answer to all testing and training. It's simply another tool in nasr's toolbox to help scientists and engineers prepare for the
Aragon and Nintex: Becoming a Native DTM Solution
"You said yes a news. Share regarding the hyper growth digital transaction management market. Yes jim We are absolutely pumped and we recently just made announcement at back a few weeks ago in jim that we made a decision to john directly in the dtm market natively We made an acquisition of atlanta-based. Sure sign assure sign privately held. Dtm provider has a business for years. You know really kind of an early innovator. Pioneer in the industry solid customer base and we are super happy that they're part of the tax team. You know jim. You're one of the analysts that helped pioneer the market. You know we. We've learned a lot working together over the years and certainly appreciate the perspective you bring in you absolutely new in and actually highlighted us the strength of assure side so when we looked at our situation in the market we thought you know this is exactly the the right company for us and i'm delighted to share the news that we just recently made erique. That's great news and we agree that the market is still on fire. Now just had some curiosity in really far audience. So what made you decide to stop partnering for dtm and actually go native and make an acquisition gymnastic re question so as you know we got a serious series of partnerships in dtm or the last seven years most recently. We've been partnering with adobe and since we've been we've seen many of our partners extremely well financially. We looked back at the whole situation in the market right and we learned a lot about the intensity of it in what we were seeing his everyday in our customer base in prospects there's a lot of interest in dtm there's still a ton of processes that are highly manual and and really needed egm solution and we were seeing value inhabited all together by tax. You know one of the things about having a native e sign offers we can control the experience and we can be very aggressive on pricing. And so that's what really led us down the path of bringing in a native east side offering
What Is the Metaverse? With Dan Gallagher
"A new buzzword in silicon valley the metaverse on books latest earnings call ceo mark zuckerberg mentioned the word no less than sixteen times. What is the metaverse. The metaverse the metaverse metaphors in many ways. The metaverse is the ultimate expression of social technology in defining quality of the metaverse presence within the metaverse. You're gonna build a hang out. Play games with friends. Work and more and zuckerberg isn't the only one talking about the metaverse exacts a companies ranging from microsoft to match group have been spending time and money either building out or getting involved in the metaverse. But what is it. And what could it mean for you and me here to talk more about. It is our heard on the street columnist. Dan gallagher hey dan thanks for being here pleasure to be here okay. Dan help us out here at the simplest level. What is the metaverse. Almost it almost depends on who you ask. But i think the most common definitions run that the metaverse is like this virtual world that you know as things that are similar to a we have a real world like a functioning economy. You know places where you can have a sense of physical presence. Even if it's not like what we think of as physical early versions of this we see and things like you know big video games like fortnight. That are kind of like their own worlds or could be defined as that. But what. I think when you hear from these tech companies. They're really talking about something. That's a lot more immersive. Unusually has to be kind of accessed with technology like virtual reality and augmented reality and that kind of equipment
Elizabeth Holmes, From Blood Test to Facing Prison
"In twenty thirteen. Abc news correspondent. Rebecca jarvis was working on a story about high medical costs and we featured a woman who was spending a lot of money on blood tests and after that story ran. Rebecca got a pitch about a new start-up. Hey there's this blood testing company theranos and they can save your viewers a lot of money. She checked it out but couldn't get anyone to independently verify that these theranos blood tests which only used a finger prick and not a traditional vein. Stick we're actually going to be better and cheaper. It was one of those things where This just it. It doesn't fully lineup. it doesn't live up to what it would take for me to even consider covering it as a solution. So rebecca did news story but other reporters did and then shortly after that pitch elizabeth started showing up in all of these places and was very much a celebrity. Elizabeth was elizabeth homes stanford dropout their nose founder and ceo millionaire superstar and media. Darling elizabeth homes left stanford university at the age of nineteen to build a company. A healthcare pioneer is being compared to visionaries like bill gates and steve jobs this morning elizabeth homes is part of the news. Time one hundred list just out. Homes promised to revolutionize blood testing. She was young rich charismatic and seemingly everywhere whenever there's a quote unquote glass ceiling. There's an iron woman rape behind it but the theranos blood testing devices didn't work like they were supposed to. The company was secretly running patient tests on standard commercial machines even as they doctors patients and the media otherwise there nose founder. Elizabeth homes has now officially been indicted on federal wire. Fraud charges the us turning twenty eighteen. The united states filed criminal charges against her and her former. Ceo and boyfriend sunny belt wani next week three years. After she was first indicted homes goes on trial for conspiracy and fraud. She faces up to twenty years in prison and has pleaded not guilty.
Big Techs Taliban Problem
"Last time the taliban controlled afghanistan. The world of technology looked pretty different. The internet was still in its relative infancy. The hottest tech products were things like my space in aol. Instant messenger and companies like facebook and twitter didn't even exist. Let alone were there. Presidents and prime ministers using social media to govern entire countries. But today it's really common for all kinds of world leaders to be on those platforms and now the taliban is back in power. Social media companies have a decision to make do facebook twitter and youtube ban the taliban because of its controversial past or do they let them run their self proclaimed more peaceful new government at the risk of legitimizing historically oppressive group joining us. Today to help explain. Vox foreign and national security. Reporter jen kirby. Hey jen hey shane. how're you doing. Good things so jen. Can you give us a rundown of what's been happening and afghanistan the last two weeks. Yeah so in some respects. This kind of starts a little bit earlier. Which is the fact that the united states had planned to withdraw from afghanistan and they set the deadline to be august thirty first and so in the past few weeks. They've been packing up and pulling out troops in preparing to leave but as that was happening the taliban was going on basically this route of afghanistan. They were taking over provincial. Capitals and all this is happening really really really fast much faster than the united states government at least said publicly and so two weeks ago. The taliban reached kabul the capital of afghanistan. Where the government is located and the afghan government claps. The president ashraf ghani fled and so essentially. The taliban became the new people in charge of afghanistan. And since that happened. It's been a chaotic and desperate rush to evacuate United states citizens and our afghan allies. Who helped us in the twenty year war in afghanistan. so it's been a mad rush mostly around the kaaba airport to get people out before this rapidly approaching august thirty first deadline
What Is Link Rot?
"What exactly is link. Rot so link. Rod is an umbrella term. For what happens when you're surfing the web and you click on a link and the content that opens up on the other end either is completely gone or it has changed in a way that you weren't expecting a lot of users of the weber familiar with that dreaded four four page not found error and. That's the prime example of link up in a lot of ways it's part of the design of the internet. One of the most powerful things about the web is that it's a place where the most up-to-date information can exist and where content creators can be in control of what they're putting out into the world. It allows people to be constantly improving their websites and changing the way that they have users navigate their websites. There's also things like new internet protocols that happened that changed the way website works which can break links. Sometimes people sell the domains that they manage or they just stop paying them which causes them to go down. There's all sorts of reasons and again it's kind of just a inevitable part of the internet a lot of ways. Our team talks a lot about the dilemma of the internet. Being that like the thing that you want to disappear like that really embarrassing photos that you took in two thousand four is always gonna stick around and be somewhere on the web but the thing that you actually need is going to be lost forever
Why Composite Manufacturing Has a Material Impact on Future Innovation
"Riley. Thank you so much for joining us for the restless ones. It's a pleasure to have you on the show excited to be here. And i'm really excited to because i usually ask. Cto's how they. I got interested in tech. But you present to me a unique opportunity where i would like to know how you got interested in material science. Yeah it is a great question and a unique kind of feel in the world of engineering and so it was. the subject. Matter is kind of this amazing professor that i saw through him the ability to really think like an engineer so i was interested in studying working under him and ended up partnering with him on researching and kind of going deep in material science as i get deep into. Try to learn as much as i could from him. I completely agree. I'm the son of two teachers and had a big experience with teachers who were really passionate about their areas of expertise and we're great communicators. Who really encouraged that kind of love so talk to me a little bit about some of the challenges and material science that you find really interesting. Yeah sure you know the other kind of unconventional thing to in mitchell. Science a lot of people are trying to come up with new material and a lot of material sciences focused on the chemical or the physical side of development. You're working at sometimes. The atomic level sometimes the molecular level coming up with with with new formulations trying to push into a new material space or new new material combinations for me. It actually wasn't as much that kind of fundamental side but it was taking materials that already exists and it using them. In new ways you can get a radically different performance or functionality. And that's really kind of where. I fell in love actually with mutual science but also three printing so as during my research. They're building heart tissue scaffolds the challenge. Was you throw a ton of heart cells on a petri dish and they all go off like popcorn but you want them to all beat to the same rhythm so that they can actually function in the tissue so to get these cardio myocytes to talk to each other. You need to get something. That looks like the extra cellular matrix of cell which is kind of this network.
Shannon Mattern on the Privacy Concerns Surrounding Smart Cities
"In the pandemic sidewalk labs and offshoot of google announced. It was shutting down a big project in toronto called key side but was meant to be a testing ground for smart city concepts. A hyper connected neighborhood. Built from the ground up with things like an underground network of package delivery robots but even before the pandemic it ran into the same problems that have dogged other smart city projects around the world shannon. Madison wrote about them in her new book. A city is not a computer. other urban intelligences. She's a professor of anthropology and design at the new school. She says optimizing cities for connectivity often means giving up privacy so in order for something to be a smart environment. You have to have these really macro scale Levels of connectivity between technologies. Have to have smart buildings kind of biometric recognition systems automated building management systems and at the level of the private kind of domicile. The private home or apartment you have all kinds of sensors and probably cameras to provide for security for environmental control. And then at the micro scale we have sensors all over. Our bodies are smart watches. Our smartphones of these things are talking to each other and yes that does present a lot of conveniences. That are very exciting to some people but also a lot of concerns about privacy about what happens to the data about the commodification of human beings kind of their transformation into walking data sets automated technology. Like this is often sort of proposed as a way around human biopsies and inefficiencies. To what extent is that the case will yes. That is another one of the ways that smart cities in the case of automated. Governance are sold. Is that we want to somehow find a way to circumvent the messy nece the slowness of bureaucratic systems that are powered by people with biopsies and who are prone to error
Elon Musk Unveils Tesla Bot, a Humanoid Robot That Uses AI
"On thursday unveiled tesla during an event. Touting advances in artificial intelligence according to a description on tesla's website the tesla bought was designed to perform physical tasks considered quote unsafe. Repetitive or boring. End quote He talked a little bit about this During the presentation in a suggested how you know. The foundation of every economy is labor and he kinda posed the question. What happens when there is no shortage of labor which is where these tesla bots come in. The body itself is five foot eight and weighs one hundred and twenty five pounds. It can carry up to forty five pounds and dead lift up to one hundred and fifty pounds. According to the presentation it can also move up to five miles an hour which is important because at one point elon. Musk jokes about how you can outrun the robot if you need to and you can overpower it if you need to which. Yeah that's fun to think about The billionaire said though he is aiming to release a prototype of tesla next year.
Elon Musk Unveils Tesla Bot, a Humanoid Robot That Uses Vehicle AI
"Let's talk about. Robots tesla showed off an idea for a five foot eight hundred twenty five pound humanoid robot called the tesla bought which will use the same and autopilot. It's cameras tesla's full. Self-driving computer to move around but not very fast. it'll move no more than five miles per hour presentation. Slide said tesla is designed to handle dangerous. Repetitive and boring tasks ceo elon. Musk said he would like a prototype to be ready sometime next year. Important point it was a drawing and a mannequin. Not a prototype prototype isn't even here yet. The announcement was the capper on a day. Were tesla goes deep explaining how it systems work. Both in cars and factories hoping to attract top talent in the area and yes elon. Musk likes to announce things that don't always turn out to be real products but for every robotic snake charger. There is an actual tesla car in exist. Who knows. maybe this'll be real
Elon Musk Claims Tesla Will Debut a Humanoid Robot Next Year
"Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that the company expects to have a prototype of a humanoid robot dubbed the Tesla body ready by next year. Musk, saying it should be able to, you know, please go to the store and get me the following groceries. That kind of thing. He shared the news during Tesla's AI Day, saying the robot will use artificial intelligence that Based on the self driving tech in Tesla's saying It's intended to be friendly, of course and navigate through a world of humans and eliminate dangerous, repetitive, boring tasks, Musk said. While he does see the Tesla body is being able to drive down labour costs, he said, Tesla won't be using it to assist. With the company's manufacturing. As part of his presentation. He shared a slide with details on the Tesla but revealing that it's expected to weigh £125 and stand five FT eight inches tall. The robot will have human level hands and the ability to carry £45 left £150 and run five MPH. Can I make a suggestion? As we're building these humanoid robots? Make them smaller than us, Uh and Allow us the ability to shut these things down when they turn on
TikTok Is Making Tax Policy Cool
"Dylan last month. You wrote about the tick-tock response to the child. Tax credit which are the monthly payments of up to three hundred dollars that went directly to parents in need during the pandemic. So what is it about these checks that made them so me mobile so i think The most important part of it is that the checks were not universal where nearly universal for the people being targeted. The child tax credit goes to all but the very richest parents in the country. Parents are very large group Parent mom dad focused to talk in facebook and instagram are all phenomena already and so it was very easy unifying thing and i think beyond that it all landed at the same time we not child caps. Probably your account on. You have no idea. It's it's not. As though people applied for at different times in started receiving edge of times it all rolled out on july fifteenth. And so when everyone's getting a sudden Deposit to their bank account at around the same time that makes it very easy to make content that people will relate to and dave. You see a lot of memes on tick-tock related to all kinds of big news. Events is tax policy. Usually up there as the most likely to inspire amine. It's not it's not the number one news event that might be driving different. Sort of tick-tock memes. But that's not to say that it couldn't be in this case it definitely was. I think it's really just about something any news. Event really that or government policy. That is easy enough to understand. And i would say under fifteen seconds. Don't make really good point that it was happening to a lot of people at once so the simultaneous nature of that where we also we're sort of experiencing that once really helps I think it all the way back to march twenty twenty when take talk had just a huge growth. In people that downloaded it was because the pandemic never was experiencing the same thing at once so a lot of the talks including washing post. Docs at that point. Where just all about going insane at
Facebook Has VR Plans for Your Virtual Office
"Zoom but would you consider working in a virtual office alongside avatars of your colleagues. That's with facebook. Ceo mark zuckerberg. I'm roger chan. This is your daily charge. Here take us through this. Virtual endeavor is seen at editor scott stein. Welcome scott hey thanks roger. So can you briefly. Describe what facebook's horizon workrooms today because i'm still having some trouble wrapping my mind around this. Yes so first of all. This is facebook trying to figure out what a lot of companies are trying for which is how do we work from home. How do we do this better. Even when we're possibly also gonna be going back to an office sometimes. Facebook has been testing the software out internally for about six months what basically is is your virtual conference room using vr headset. so we've all used zoom. We've all done work on our computers. What the are does is. It's you around the conference table with a bunch of cartoon avatars which you can see my story and what it's supposed to do is create more of a sense that you're actually there. What facebook does is they. Add also the ability to use your computer in that. Vr space so literally hair with your keyboard and show your computer screen for you so that you're not vr. Going what am i doing. You can bring up documents and talk about them. In the meeting
TikTok Made Me Buy It
"The other day our boss. Julia came to us with a problem on slack and the problem was created by tectonics. Sarah v the skincare brand. That she's used for years and years has suddenly become incredibly popular with teens. Thanks to some talks recommending. It more charlie to getting our morning teens using ceremony for me. I like to use the from now. You just can't get fair v. So we found ourselves embroiled in the conversation about how impossible it is to wash face these days. Thanks to the kids if this is a pretty common occurrence. Actually that talk sends a product viral. It's not always necessarily a really good product but rebecca jennings a senior reporter for. Vox recently wrote about this phenomenon. Rebecca do you want to tell us about it. I would love to tell you about it. Okay so rebecca. It seems like tech talk is selling an incredible amount of stuff at an incredible rate. What are some of the things that people are buying because they see them on tech talk. People are buying so many things because they see them on talk. I think we see a lot of beauty products going viral. That eventually selling out at local drugstore is there are candies. there are snacks. there's toys it's really anything that mostly young people want but at the same time there's there's also like cleaning products that go viral and then are then hard to find so why is talk so good at making things go viral. There's a few reasons for that. So one is like ticked off his good at making pretty much anything go viral. Whether that's a person or a song we've seen that a lot over the past two years and it does the same thing for products essentially and the rain reason is because of its algorithm and how that works and so if you are a person who wants to just become very famous very fast the best place for you to go take talk because what it does is even if you don't have any followers theoretically if enough people like your video as the algorithm shows it to more and more people and if they like it and if they engage with it then that will like snowball into a bigger and bigger audience
Is This the End of Going to the Office?
"Let's hop into our first part of our stories of the week worked our productivity articles and gustavo. What's our first article this week. So the first article. It's called and of office and come from seth cuttings blog and is interesting because he's he's claiming this story of their back office. Okay worried the bike off his comes. And how this concept of the office as we understand. And he's fifteen years old or maybe a little bit more on. How is oldest changing all this pandemic all these work in remotely an older discussions that are back and forward. He goes out ical saying well. We're social created creatures. Many people need a place to go. What community to be a part of. But that doesn't mean that the nineteen fifty seven of his building may be the best way to solve the problems and it is interesting because we have seen a lot of people wanted these remote or hybrid mode to stay and it is interesting also when you look at the our societies in the past we used to have the clubs and the other places to do that social life not necessarily office that social life in the office summited much much recently in in history. So where this is going to go. I don't know but we thought any doubt it is interesting. You know as a person who has been working for more than a decade. I'd home. I don't want to go to an office building if possible ever again. Let's do a fund soon meeting There are many ways to connect that do not imply office even with people at work even with people in you know that goes to the office there so many ways to interact in a much better way than going to
US Rep. Himes on Congresss About-Face on Cybersecurity
"I'm congressman jim. Himes i represent the fourth district of connecticut. Southwestern connecticut My seventh term and spend most of my time in washington On intelligence issues as a member of the intelligence committee on financial services issues as member of that committee and most recently actually interestingly Speaker of the house has asked me to chair. The committee on economic disparity congressman. Welcome to Cast thank you. You have really focused in your time in congress on cybersecurity on the house intelligence committee and the nsa and cybersecurity subcommittees. Can you talk about just in your time. in congress. kind of how this topic and congress's thinking around cybersecurity has changed. Yeah yeah and and change it has. I'm glad to report again. I've been doing this for for for coming on thirteen years. And i would say that there's been a dramatic change in people's level of education sense of urgency Around cyber security. I sometimes joke that you know. Even a decade ago you'd have people with three stars on their shoulders come in front of the homeland security committee or other committees. And you'd ask them about cybersecurity in you'd get blank stares and obviously there's been an awful lot of water under the bridge so to speak since then the federal government as it is wont to do argue. We hasn't moved quite as rapidly as it should but it has moved quite rapidly to stand up organizations that are about defending our cyber infrastructure. developing Offensive capabilities that theoretically could be used sometimes are used for for for retribution for other operations and most importantly there's been a really a high level of education given to members of congress. You know it might. It might have taken a while. It might have been. The gas lines forming in virginia because of the colonial pipeline Fiasco but Legislators have come to realize how very important this this issue is
Bitcoin and Bidens Infrastructure Bill
"So. When i hear infrastructure i think of roads and schools but biden has made the argument that tees investing in human infrastructure so that might include childcare paid leave. Maybe free community college but cryptocurrency. How does bitcoin tie into all this and definitely a strange thing to include in an infrastructure bill for sure But when you're trying to pass a big bipartisan trillion dollar bill paying for so much stuff in the country. There's a lot of people who are asking. Well how are you going to pay for it right. And that was one of the reasons why cryptocurrency was included. These new tax reporting requirements would raise an estimated twenty billion dollars according to some of the senators to offset some of these infrastructure costs. Twenty eight billion dollars is not a small amount of money and it is a very pricey bill but what was it about the original language in the bill that raised alarms right so it wasn't the fact that there'd be heightened tax reporting requirements. It wasn't really. You know the total essence at the bill that it was a definition of the word roker and the way that it was worded was a little too vague for some senators. Especially senator ron wyden. Who feared that. This of broker would end up extending these cumbersome packs reporting requirements to while developers and also cryptocurrency miners. And why does the crypto community argue that developers and minors should be exempt from reporting requirements. Well they're not really making any transactions right there mining cryptocurrency themselves. They're you know creating the wallet. Infrastructure for these transactions that. Take place but it's not necessarily a transaction and of itself right. We heard lawmakers making that argument on the senate floor this week. The underlying text of this bill would impose this kind of transaction reporting requirement on crypto transaction validates. These are the people that are building out the blockchain by validating a transaction they would be obligated to report things like a name and attacks. Id number associated with the dollar amount. They don't have that information
Google Meet Is Now a Progressive Web App
"We're recording this on august. Ninth twenty twenty one. And of course each week we cover and discuss the productivity news headlines of the week but of course to start off usually have a little theme that we discussed before we get into it and today's theme is all about left-handed productivity and. I was curious a custodian. Oh no any left-handers in your life and what do a and how do they think about productivity differently. Let me tell you. God made a few perfect people. The rest are right handle. I figured you would have an opinion about this. Considering your your left handedness and so so so talk to us about how you perceive the world differently as a left-hander versus those of us who are the majority. So let's start off with the fact that most people right handed Ninety percent of the population on the planet is right handed and lefthanders. Were once considered like the devil's work Thankfully we've gotten over that places there is place in this world that he's still bringing that back in but yes yes at least in my circles i don't have to deal with that and And so left handedness though. It is a Wiring a neural wiring. This just a little bit different than the rest of us and so i'm just curious. How do you think being left. Handed affects your personal productivity. You know i i am. I'm a glass half full kind of person. And i have always been hopefully always will be. I said younger person. There was more challenges because the desk at school. But after you get out of school and now you get two square desk court regular off his desk then. The plane was even into that. It was quite challenging okay. Drew ran right. Was your hand falling to the side.
On Tonight's Menu: Your Personal Data
"Erin who reports on technology and startups for the new york times. She's been talking with restaurant. Shoppers and the developers behind you our technology. She's here to tell us more about this growing trend. Hey erin hey thanks for having me. Thanks for joining us. So qr codes have actually been around for almost thirty years and nowadays there are pretty commonplace in other countries like china where they're pretty much the only way to pay for things but took awhile to gain traction in the us. Why do you think that is and why do you think they're becoming so popular now. So i talked to the sky. Scott striking hoover this book in early. Twenty thirteen's clunk. Qr codes kill kittens about qr codes as a terrible marketing fad. And the two things that have changed since then number one. Iphones made it. Possible to have built incur- code technologies. You didn't have to scan especial happening where you just point your phone camera at the qr code and it works. Basically automatically and the second thing obviously is the pandemic so people wanted a form of contactless technology. They didn't want to have to touch menus. They wanted to just be able to point their phones at things and go from there right and now we know a little bit more about cova. Did we know that it's not necessarily transmitted through surfaces. I can see how qr codes or more convenient but do actually help. Businesses make or save money. Yes there are a couple of different reasons. Why cure our kids are good. For businesses bottom lines so restaurants that use qr code menus are able to save around like thirty percent to fifty percent on labor costs because they have these qr code venues that can take care of collecting customers orders and dealing with payments so they don't need as many servers performing those tasks and then this is true for both retail businesses and restaurants but they're also seeing larger orders so because digital menus. Make it easier to persuade people to spend more on either add on offers like adding fridays or substituting were expensive spirits in cocktail or just in general pushing more digital offers to them. People are expending more in increases of double digits from what they were previously spending in were traditional checkout
Can America Fix Its Trains?
"Take a trip into the near future with me. A future where amtrak service looks less like the slow old system that we all know and more like the bullet trains that whisked people across countries like japan and france. This is what i think of as normal high speed rail's new york to washington an hour forty five. Maybe forty new york. Boston about the same new york philly should be forty forty five minutes apart. That's alon levy who has spent a lot of time thinking about how to improve train. Service blonde is a mathematician by training. But they're working now on. Something called the transit costs project at new york university. The project keeps track of how much similar train projects cost in. Different countries in the lawn is also an advocate for how american train travel should be what i would call train. Utopia ideally enter. The train station may be five minutes before the train departs. You can find an advance and reserve a seat. If you're with a friend you can reserve seats together. Emperor doesn't let now. There's lots and lots of capacity so you don't need to charge really high prices to avoid the train getting fall. Let's say new york and boston might be forty nine dollars. Tranche are going to be very frequent and the reason is that the northeast. Carter is enormous. How many people live there. It's what fifty million people between four enormous metropolitan areas so instead of having to two hours or half an hour you'd be waiting fifteen minutes.