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  • Mar 05, 2015

    Internet, TV, and Human Augmentation | FULL EPISODE | #74


    Gizmodo Senior Editor, Adam Clark Estes, joins us to talk about the FCC, net neutrality, and lobbyists. Then, we discuss some upcoming Apple ventures and their new Apple Watch. Digital Media Zone Editor, Richard Gunter, tells us why we should accept TiVo back into our lives. Friend of the show, Kim Garretson gives us some exciting tech insight. Also, Exercise Coach Founder & CEO, Brian Cygan, says we can get in shape with only 40 minute a week! Lastly, we discuss the emergence and level acceptability of cyborg technology in the world today.

    Segment 1: Net Neutrality
    Not generally known for making popular decisions, the FCC recently passed the strongest set of net neutrality rules yet and is garnering consumer praise. Gizmodo Senior Writer, Adam Clark Estes, joins us to discuss the net neutrality ruling.

    Segment 2: ISP Temper Tantrum
    Large ISP’s are grasping at straws after the FCC net neutrality ruling. We observe the carnal mudslinging contest.

    Segment 3: Go Home Lobbyists
    Corporate lobbyists’ dollars are hampering the advancement of technology. We analyze how present regulations are stifling the evolution of the internet.

    Segment 4: The Apple Event
    The Apple Event is coming fast! We know the Apple Watch will be there, but what else does Apple have to show us? Also, we speculate about Apple entering the car industry.

    Segment 5: Stick Schtick
    Do you find the wide array of devices needed to catch all of your favorite shows cumbersome or annoying? Jason feels the same way! We explore possible solutions with Digital Media Zone Editor, Richard Gunther.

    Segment 6: Embrace the TiVo
    How is TiVo staying relevant in this streaming day and age? We discuss TiVo OnePass and TiVo’s streaming service as a streaming alternative.

    Segment 7: Retail Wars
    Amazon is setting the pace for the future of Retail. The Amazon Echo is a WiFi Bluetooth speaker that can stream Amazon music, and uses voice recognition to order things off for you.

    Segment 8: Family Fun Echo
    Amazon Echo can be a fun family activity with the Questions and Answers feature. We debate the actual value of this device in a world where the features are already present elsewhere.

    Segment 9: Reality Bent
    Virtual reality is not a figment of our imagination anymore. Magic Leap, one of the biggest start up companies ever, is promising to bring us the next generation of virtual reality in the near future.

    Segment 10: Exercise Coach
    Want to get fit but don’t have time for a lifestyle change? Founder and CEO of the Exercise Coach, Brian Cygan, tells us about his new fitness gyms that use technology to give you real time feedback, and promise a better physique with only 40 minutes a week.

    Segment 11: Trans-human Emergence
    Are you a cyborg? According to Jason, anybody with a mechanical implant or prosthetic limbs is probably a cyborg. The lines of acceptable human augmentation are blurring.

    Segment 12: Cyborg Body Mod
    WiFi breasts? Implanted Bluetooth earphones? How far is too far when it comes to body augmentation?


    Gregg Stebben
    Jason Masters

    Producer: Jason Masters

    Special Guests:
    Adam Clark Estes
    Richard Gunther
    Kim Garretson
    Brian Cygan
    Graham Hill

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