EP11: Virtual Reality Sex, Twitter CEO, Edward Snowden, Google + More

Virtual reality sex, Snowden on Twitter, Samsung Gear VR and Lyft and Uber fleeing SF office space for cheaper pastures. A veritable tech smorgasbord of topics were discussed in this week’s Digital Burrito Tech podcast. Listen for all of the insights now!

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Show Links and References:

The eJaculator Is A VR-Based Pleasure Machine For The Lads
http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/30/the-ejaculator-is-a-vr-based-pleasure-machine-for-the-lads/ – leads into VR

An inflection point for VR: Oculus’ New $99 Samsung Gear VR Makes Serious Virtual Reality Affordable

Sources: Jack Dorsey Expected to Be Named Permanent Twitter CEO
This can become a tale of two companies discussion between Medium and Twitter

Snowden on Twitter

Man allegedly bought the Google.com domain name for $12
While he owned it for a full minute, he apparently had access to registration tools and Webmaster info.

SF exodus: Lyft heads to Seattle and Nashville, Uber goes to Oakland
 via @carmeldea

San Francisco Newcomer Dodges Escalating Rents by Moving Into Sailboat | NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/San-Francisco-Newcomer-Dodges-Escalating-Rents-in-Sailboat-330006231.html 

Inside San Francisco’s Newest Rentals, Bunk Beds For $1,800 A Month

Song Credit:

San Francisco Blues, Lowell Fulson – Get the song here.

EPISODE 10: Uber’s Woes & The Current (?) Tech Bubble

After a hiatus, this week’s Digital Burrito tech podcast is about Uber and recent court rulings and whether we are living in the midst of a tech bubble — or not. The implications for tech, the sharing economy and Silicon Valley just got realer than real. Listen to this exciting podcast discussion for all the latest developments.

EPISODE 10: Uber's Woes & The Current (?) Tech Bubble

EPISODE 09: Snapchat — The Ephemeral Juggernaut

This week’s Digital Burrito tech podcast is about Snapchat, the ephemeral social networking juggernaut founded in 2011 & with an estimated value of $20 billion. In this episode, we also discuss Snapchat Discover, Snapchat original content and their Stories feature — and compare this service to its competitors such as Instagram and Facebook.
Digital Burrito Podcast: Snapchat Episode

EPISODE 07: The Latest in Wearable Tech

Fresh off the heels of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we take a deep dive into some of our favorite wearable tech that is out or under development. In this episode, we talk about the Bragi earbuds, Airlegs, the FitBark, Intel’s Curie and much more. Come for the bluetooth-enabled activity sensors, stay for the droll commentary!

vintage wearable tech

EPISODE 06 Show Notes: Net Neutrality, Facebook’s Year in Review, The Interview

Here are show notes to accompany Episode 06 of The Digital Burrito, all about Facebook’s Year in Review, Net Neutrality and The Interview.

John Oliver on Net Neutrality

2015: The year the battle for Net neutrality ends


The FCC says it will vote on net neutrality in February


Netflix Argues Against Internet Fast Lanes As GOP Opposition To Net Neutrality Looms


Product Guy Tries To Cancel Comcast Service, Hilarity Ensues



Facebook’s ‘Year in Review’ app swings from merely annoying to tragic


My Year Was Tragic. Facebook Ambushed Me With a Painful Reminder.


Facebook apologizes for ‘Year in Review


Why Facebook shouldn’t apologise for its Year in Review


EPISODE 05: Sony Pictures Gets Hacked & 3D Printing Takes Off

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This week we discuss the Sony Hack — how a giant corporation was brought to its knees by hackers, with far-reaching implications for all of us. We also talk about the amazing advancements in the world of 3D printing.

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Show Notes – Digital Burrito (Episode 4) -Robots Part II — Helpers, Overlords or Us?

Before you read the show notes, below — listen to the latest episode of the Digital Burrito podcast. You can also listen on iTunes | Listen on Stitcher. For show notes, see below.

Digital Burrito Episode 4

Robots, part II — are they our helpers, overlords or are they us? This week we go in-depth again to talk about the ever-changing world of AI and robots — and cite specific examples of robots becoming a part of everyday lives. As Steven Hawking warns, are robots going to eventually human life? How about Amazon adding 15,000 robots to their workforce? Listen for this lively discussion!

Episode 4 Show Notes

Steven Hawking: Artificial Intelligence Could End Mankind

In an interview with the BBC, the scientist said that while “primitive forms” of artificial intelligence have proved useful, if the technology is developed to a level that can surpass humans, it “could spell the end of the human race.”

He said that advanced artificial intelligence would “take off on its own, and redesign itself at an ever increasing rate.”

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hawking-artificial-intelligence-end-mankind-27371783

ELON MUSK: You Have No Idea How Close We Are To Killer Robots

“…developments in AI could bring about robots that may autonomously decide that it is sensible to start killing humans.

‘The risk of something seriously dangerous happening is in the five year timeframe,’ Musk wrote.

But minutes after he posted the comment, it was deleted.

During a talk at a recent Vanity Fair conference, Musk warned the audience about killer robots. He suggested that advanced artificial intelligence could cause robots to delete humans like spam:

If its [function] is just something like getting rid of e-mail spam and it determines the best way of getting rid of spam is getting rid of humans …

The interviewer went on to ask Musk whether humanity could use his SpaceX ships to escape killer robots if they took over Earth, but things don’t look promising.

No — more likely than not that if there’s some … apocalypse scenario, it may follow people from Earth.”

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-killer-robots-will-be-here-within-five-years-2014-11#ixzz3LEpY2CfW

An Art Movement Where Art and Science Collide

“Miller joins Ira to talk about “art-sci,” a new avant-garde art movement where art and science are unified. Miller discusses artists who not only take inspiration from science, but also use scientific techniques in their work.”

Source: http://www.sciencefriday.com/segment/11/28/2014/an-art-movement-where-art-and-science-collide.html

Report: artificial intelligence will cause “structural collapse” of law firms by 2030

Civilisation 2030: The near future for law firms, by Jomati Consultants, foresees a world in which population growth is actually slowing, with “peak humanity” occurring as early as 2055, and ageing populations bringing a growth in demand for legal work on issues affecting older people.

AI is already close in 2014. “It is no longer unrealistic to consider that workplace robots and their AI processing systems could reach the point of general production by 2030… after long incubation and experimentation, technology can suddenly race ahead at astonishing speed.”

By this time, ‘bots’ could be doing “low-level knowledge economy work” and soon much more. “Eventually each bot would be able to do the work of a dozen low-level associates. They would not get tired. They would not seek advancement. They would not ask for pay rises. Process legal work would rapidly descend in cost.”


A Robot that Folds Laundry & Gets You a Drink

“One of the biggest challenges with programming a robot to work with laundry is that clothing and towels are “deformable objects.’Unlike a bolt or bottle, a shirt’s shape looks different based on whether it’s scrunched up on the floor or hanging in a closet. The challenges posed by robotic towel-folding reflect important challenges inherent in robotic perception and manipulation for deformable objects,’ Assistant Professor Pieter Abbeel tells UC Berkley News Center.”

Source: http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/robot-can-programmed-fold-laundry-get-beer/

Amazon Robots — specific numbers

  • 15,000 Amazon robots help send gifts on their way — “orange coffee tables on wheels”
  • Amazon.com has rolled out 15,000 robots at 10 warehouses across the United States, a move it says will speed shipping times and boost selection, all while cutting operating costs 20 percent.
  • Kiva Systems, which Seattle-based Amazon acquired in 2012 for $775 million
  • The shelves that hold the products can be stacked tightly next to one another, giving Amazon 50 percent more space to store inventory.
  • Even with Kiva, Amazon has more than doubled its head count since the acquisition, with nearly 150,000 employees as of September. Clark insists that robots won’t displace workers. Instead, he said, it will make them more efficient.
  • The company expects to introduce the robots to a few international sites next year, and more widely in 2016.



EPISODE 04: Robots Part II — Helpers, Overlords or Us?

Robots, part II — are they our helpers, overlords or are they us? This week we go in-depth again to talk about the ever-changing world of AI and robots — and cite specific examples of robots becoming a part of everyday lives. As Steven Hawking warns, are robots going to eventually wipe out human life? How about Amazon adding 15,000 robots to their workforce? Listen for this lively discussion!

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Digital Burrito Episode 4