On today's show, CNET editor-in-chief Lindsey Turrentine talks about the Samsung Gear and the future of virtual reality consumer products. Then, Lee Rainie, Director of Internet, Science, and Technology Research at Pew Research Center, explains results of a recent study that says Americans feel more well-informed thanks to the Internet. Plus, Airbnb is re-branding itself with a new logo and a print magazine. This is part of a larger effort on the part of the company to increase brand recognition.
First up, Roger Kay, founder and President of Endpoint Technologies Associates, Inc., joins us to talk about how foreign hackers—like, ostensibly, the hackers who took down Sony’s network—might leave digital fingerprints in their wake. And Will Oremus, senior technology writer at Slate.com, talks about how Facebook’s algorithms push news stories to users’ News Feeds … even if the stories being pushed are fake.
Jonathan Zittrain, law professor and co-founder of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, talks about body-worn cameras and how technology might change the relationship between police officers and communities. And how well have you kept up with the week in tech news? This week, host Ben Johnson takes on with Rusty Foster, who writes the Today in Tabs newsletter for Silicon Tally.
First up on today's show, NASA is set to launch an unmanned test flight later this week of a craft designed to carry humans. It’s a reminder that the U.S. space program has no way to get astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The preferred option right now is to hitch a ride, often on Russian spacecraft, at a cost of $72 million. Plus, Jeremy Tomlinson, from Kansas City, joins us to talk about his 8 year-old daughter Chloe, who used Made With Code’s tools to program the lights for the White House Christmas tree. And BBC technology reporter Dave Lee talks about startup funerals; events where founders mourn the death of their company and learn from their failures.
Billboard releases the first streaming numbers after deciding to incorporate them into its charts. What will the results mean for music companies and musicians? Plus, Lama Nachman, senior staff researcher in Intel Labs Interaction and Experience Research, joins us to talk about Intel’s approach to designing accessibility technology. And we look at how renewable energy costs compare to fossil fuel costs – and why they’re going down.
Netflix’s newest original series ‘Marco Polo’ may be the most expensive TV show in the world. Netflix hopes the 10-part extravaganza will help expand its international audience which could make up for the lower than expected growth in its U.S. subscribers. Plus, Lindsey Turrentine, Editor-in-Chief at CNET.com, joins us to talk about Amazon’s warehouse robots. And Danielle Citron, a law professor at the University of Maryland and the author of Hate Crimes in Cyberspace, talks about this week’s Supreme Court hearing on hate speech and social media.