Consider yourself warned, this week's ep of Download This Show contains adult themes, sexual references and robots as we explore the different ways the future of sex and artificial intelligence are linked...sometimes literally. Plus, should we be making Instagram influencers more accountable for the products they sell?
What is it like to be the victim of a concerted, organised troll attack? This week on DTS - the journalist who found herself at the centre of a troll storm and decided to go troll hunting. Plus, where might your DNA go if you use a direct-to-consumer DNA testing company? Well, it might end up in the hands of the FBI. And a new Harry Potter–themed cryptocurrency.
Do you ever feel just a little bit ashamed of your music taste? Well you can blame hackers. This week on DTS: the incredible world of mystery core - fictitious bands creeping onto Spotify playlists. Why would someone make a fake band to make fake music and sneak it onto your playlists? Plus, how Buzzfeed went from the golden child of new media to laying off hundreds of employees and does Facebook want to do something stupid with your privacy? Guests: Jonathan Seidler and Claire Reilly, Senior...more
In driverless cars who needs windows to watch the world when you can have a built-in 270-degree screen? Apple has announced it wants to compete in the video streaming service and in 2019 every meme you love might be about to die! Guests: Rae Johnston, Editor Junkee, Ben Grubb, Freelance tech/culture writer
Cameo screws up, Tumblr crumbles on sex and while you drink will Tesla drive? Guests: Seamus Byrne, Managing Editor, Innovation Aus.com and Rae Johnston, Editor of Junkee
Why have a smart watch when you can wear a smart ring? This week on DTS; digital fitness moves to your actual digits. We examine the new Foxtel sports streaming service Kayo, and why has Australia's proposed new encryption legislation got people so fired up ? Guests: Olivia Rosenman — audio producer & journalist & Ariel Bogle — ABC RN online technology reporter
Fortnite’s dance revolution: from the floss to the Charleston - Fortnite kids get physical. Plus strikes at Google and "My phone is spying on me, so I decided to spy on it" - Simon Elvery's #DataLife project. Guests: Ariel Bogle, Ariel Bogle, ABC RN online technology reporter, Seamus Byrne, Managing Editor, Innovation Aus.com
If there’s one word to describe Instagram - it probably wouldn’t be authentic. This week on DTS - the platform made famous for fitness, beauty, lunch and fashion influencers is getting a clean up. Meanwhile Facebook sounds like it needs a clean up at the top, and the blogging service TUMBLR - why has Apple pulled it from the app store? The answer is actually quite disturbing. Guests: Olivia Rosenman and Claire Reilly
Alone with a screen people tell Google things they don’t reveal to social media; they even reveal things they don’t tell anybody else. On DTS meet Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a data scientist who’s spent years looking at how our online searches may be reflections of our true selves. And if you’ve ever wanted to recall an email, message, or something that’s come out of your mouth - keep listening! Plus, the latest on My Health Record.
What if the key to a more diverse tech industry… is moving away from the concept of diversity? This week on DTS: the unusual approaches being taken by Australian software company Atlassian to get a workplace that's balanced and reflects the world. Plus, how you can see through walls with Wi-Fi. Guests: Aubrey Blanche, Head of Diversity & Belonging, Atlassian, Ariel Bogle, ABC RN online technology reporter and Peter Marks, Access Infomatics.
Will Twitter kill the humble LIKE button and what exactly is the social media platform Gab? Guests: Ariel Bogle, ABC RN online technology reporter and Rae Johnston, Editor, Junkee.
It can take less than 15 minutes for someone to steal your mobile phone and with it goes your email account, bank and a host of other services. On Download This Show: the market for mobile numbers. Also does Netflix market to you differently based on the colour of your skin? Guests: Jeremy Kirk, Executive Editor, Information Security Media Group and Teagan Jones, Deputy Editor, Gizmodo.
You know how everyone trusts Facebook implicitly with all of their data and they’ve never done anything at all to make you question the company's commitment to privacy? How do you feel about installing Facebook's new gadget, Portal? It's a multi-purpose screen with an internet connected camera to track your movements around a room while you make a video call. Also on DTS: the death of Google Plus, Uber wants give equity to their drivers… and regrettable retweets. Guests: Rae Johnston, Editor of...more
From drone delivery to smart screens to skin tight body suits that will measure your every inch before sending you a perfectly fitting outfit. On Download This Show this week - the future of shopping and the physical, digital and psychological tricks being used. Plus UBER wants flying cars... and frankly so do I, but should we want them? Guests: Claire Reilly, Senior Editor, CNET and Peter Marks, Access Informatics
Poop! This week on Download This Show, why is this one word is apparently enough to confuse artificial intelligence. Plus why hasn’t virtual reality caught on yet? And can/should you leverage your kid's screen time to get them to wash the dishes? Guests: Matt Hopkins, technology editor, Pedestrian TV and Teagan Jones, deputy editor, Gizmodo
When you see something offensive on the internet and hit report, that content goes to a person - a cleaner and they're usually in the Philippines. Meet the cleaners on DTS this week. Also 10 years of Android - it's now the most used mobile operating system in many parts of the world. Why is it so successful and what's the future for Android?
If you could introduce laws to regulate how Facebook and Twitter treat customers - what would you change? This week on DTS, the United Kingdom explores regulation to reign in social networks. What are the Brits targeting? Plus, Twitter returns to its chronological roots. And satellites, streaming and songs - why new US music laws might be changing.
We know that Russia attempted influence 2016 US presidential election through troll factories spewing out misinformation, and it turns out they’ve also targeted Australia. Find out what issue caused the troll tweets to spike in an attempt to influence voters here. Also on DTS, the EU Parliament has passed a drastic new law that could change how we use the internet and yes, Apple launched a bunch of new phones and watches.
China is looking to cut back the amount of screen time young people spend online to reduce myopia. Facebook is pulling a swathe of Myanmar cultural leaders off the platform and Google Chrome turns ten. Guests: Ariel Bogle, online technology reporter ABC RN science, and Seamus Byrne, freelance writer on technology, games, futurism, design.
Inside the initiative to give women and girls the tools, confidence and support to code. Plus Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s first ministry brings with it changes for the technology sector in Australia - the 'Innovation' portfolio has disappeared. Is anyone paying attention to our tech future? And Facebook unveils a new way to watch video online… but is it worth using?
This week on Download This Show: we explore the different ways drones are starting to proliferate our lives. And are you just a little too addicted to your phone? We have tips to cut back and control your consumption - apparently taking the colour off your phone might help.
How much would you pay to have a Harry Potter cast member wish you happy birthday? This week on DTS: Cameo's an app where you can pay for a shout out from your favourite personality. Check out the reactions. Plus we examine proposed federal reforms to provide law enforcement agencies access to your encrypted conversations and we explore the new service designed to help single parents be not so single.
On DTS this week: A big drop in the number of Snapchat users. How do you feel about retailers, banks, stadiums using knowing your face? Facial recognition is the next frontier for logging onto more things than your iPhone. What sectors are adopting facial recognition and what are the security concerns? Plus, how should Twitter tackle Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones?
Award-winning Melbourne start-up Horizon State is about to trial blockchain on-line voting in Indonesia. How does it work, can it be trusted and when scaled-up to a national level, how could it affect participation? Plus, might your musical taste provide clues to retailers about what clothes you'd like to buy? Guests: Jamie Skella, Horizon State, Jeremy Kirk, Executive Editor, Information Security Media Group, Ariel Bogle, ABC RN online technology reporter
Nine swallows Fairfax in one of the biggest takeover deals in Australian media history. What does it mean for journalism, advertising and the media you consume? Also on DTS, 3D printed guns are now legal, sorta, in the United States. And why you definitely shouldn’t pretend to be Elon Musk on Twitter (I mean you probably shouldn’t any way) but there’s a very specific reason on Twitter.
Officially you have until October 15 to opt out of having a My Health Record, although some people trying to opt out have discovered they’ve already got one. So who can access your My Health Record? What’s in it? And just how easy is opting out? Plus can Spinner really micro-target the feed of your partner to influence the way they think? And can Facebook both fight fake news and defend free speech?
You know the sinking feeling...you left your phone on the car, drove off and its been run over and you didn't back it up recently because you are an idiot! This week on Download This Show: data recovery. Piecing together the bits of your machine just long enough to get your data off. Plus Elon Musk and the mini-submarine. Do you really want tech billionaires out there trying to solve problems? And ten years of the Apple app store.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane… no it’s the Chinese Government spying on you with a tiny robot plane that looks like a bird. This week on Download This Show, the People’s Republic surveillance state takes to the skies. Is Gmail really handing the keys to your Gmail account to third parties to read your emails? Plus, the United Kingdom seems to have found a new and thoroughly passive aggressive way of dobbing in bad drivers.
ACCEPT. It’s most clicked and least considered button in the digital world. The terms and conditions come up, and we press accept. Except, (with an e this time) sometimes we don’t think about information we’re handing over. This week, the ABC revealed that the doctor appointment booking app HealthEngine was passing users' data on to law firms looking for clients for personal injury claims. Plus on DTS, what country has such a bad problem with cheating students that they're shutting down the inte...more
FaceMe: Get your new bank loan approved by artificial intelligence? Forget facebook chatbots and call centres - how AI is changing being a customer. Plus, why Apple is paying out $9 million, Instagram launches IG TV and has computer gaming really been proven to be addictive?
It’s not quite toy, a robot or a medical tool - it's somehow all three. This week on Download This Show we feature the beautiful IKKI and explore how to design a special companion for kids with cancer and long term illness. Also, can you now sue Google for defamation purely because of what comes up after your name in autocorrect? And the upcoming buying spree for big tech companies and media corporations. Plus, why is Uber investing in technology that can tell if you are drunk?
Hacked by Russians and out-targeted by Cambridge Analyticia - what was it like to be inside Hillary Clinton’s digital operation on election night? This week on DTS, Stephanie Hannon was the CTO of the Clinton campaign and the loss is still pretty raw. She's recently joined fitness-tracking app Strava (after a career at both Google and Facebook). Plus, how Amazon has played a game of chicken with the Australian tax office and we’re all the losers. And Apple announces a slew of changes coming s...more
Why is the PNG government is trying to take Facebook out of the picture and what does it mean for free speech? What sort of rules should Australia have for driverless cars? And have you wondered why every website is currently making you agree to new terms of service? Thank Europe for that. Plus, Youtube has killed the music video service VEVO, well sort of.
Can YouTube Music tackle Spotify and Apple Music? You've got Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, so what the hell is YouTube going to offer that's any different? This week on DTS: which streaming service can offer the best music plan? Plus Google's internal corporate videos are next level creepy and is it the beginning of the end for the social network Snapchat? Guests: Rae Johnston (Gizmodo Australia), Seamus Byrne (ScienceAlert)
Should Spotify pull abusers out of playlists? Spotify took a big stand this week pulling artists accused and convicted of assault out of some of their most popular playlists. Some say it's censorship, others argue that it's long overdue for streaming platforms to take a stand. Twitter rolls out changes to make trolls harder to find on time line and can the new platform Invisibly give you better quality ads (also... does anyone actually want that?) GUESTS: Rae Johnston (Gizmodo) Peter Marks (Acce...more
We celebrate the 20th birthday of the iconic iMac. Plus, why did NPR, This American Life, WNYC and WBEZ choose to buy the Adelaide start-up behind Pocket Casts?
This week on Download This Show - does the humble school permission note need a high-tech makeover? Facebook launches a dating service - no, not a joke, and when you sign up to one of those unlimited mobile data plans - guess what? There are some limitations.
Google has unveiled their new attempt to snag a bigger piece of the podcasting pile and we also explore the good, the bad and the unusual of app updates.
With the emergence of convincing, computer-generated fake human faces and voices - how can you trust anything or anyone? On Download This Show: how to defend against fake news in video and audio form, plus why Russia is trying to ban the messaging app Telegram.
This week on DTS: Mr Zuckerberg goes to Washington. In the wake of the Cambridge Analyticia scandal, what should change at Facebook? And how rampant is the use of the stimulant Adderall in e-sports? Does the professional gaming industry need its own anti-doping agency?
Would you use a security app that could deliver alerts if there was an emergency near you? Or upload images if you witnessed something suspicious? This week: the rise of citizen safety apps; Grindr giving away information about the HIV status of individuals and the biggest thing in Swedish music since ABBA - the streaming service Spotify goes public.
You watch it on a tv screen at home, so why do Netflix movies get nominated for Oscars and not Emmys?
It’s been called one of the most effective political weapons of the information age - Download This Show unpacks how Cambridge Analytica accessed and allegedly kept data profiles of over 50 million users and why the Trump campaign paid them nearly 6 million dollars. Plus, the first pedestrian fatality of driverless cars - is the technology moving too fast?
Recorded live at REMIX SYDNEY, we’ve brought these diverse organisations together to work out how money making in the modern media ecosystem is changing.
We sit down with Clancy Overell, editor of the nation's favourite satirical newspaper, The Betoota Advocate. They're starting a podcast! Plus should e-sports be in the Olympics? And millennials are apparently killing TV.
The social media app VERO sure as hell pulled it off this week, going from Instagram killer to public enemy #1. Also on DTS, the world of deep fakes technology that can make a virtual Obama say things he never would and put Wonder Woman in a sex tape she never wanted to be a part of. Plus, Apple's rumoured new iPhone.
It's alive! The future of artificial intelligence.
We chat with Swinburne University's Chrystal Zhang about the new rise of supersonic plane development. We also pit 5G technology against the NBN: Which is better for you? Snapchat redesign boosts growth and we take you inside the not-at-all-dirty world of "Cryptojacking".
This week we delve into arguably Silicon Valley's most scandal-prone company. The ridesharing and food delivery service is loved by many consumers but is currently embroiled in a US lawsuit involving self-driving cars and is facing new competitors in Australia. Download also heads out to meet the cafe owner who quit UberEATS claiming that their 35 per cent take is a rort. And Susan Anderson, General Manager UberEATS operations talks us through their new changes that have made several food outlet...more
We pit the new home assistance against each other. We also examine whether your data will be better protected under new breach protection laws rolling out next month. And why Grindr is the social network that needs more respect.