Can you hack a new arm? We meet the man who has hacked Microsoft Kinect to help people who suffer from phantom limb syndrome. We slip into the Dark Web and go shopping on the infamous online pharmacy The Silk Road. Along the way we examine Bitcoin and the world of virtual currencies and whether they truly have a future. Plus how virtual pan-handling can give you one million dollars as we evaluate the world of crowdsourcing and Kickstarter.
Mobile payments, Piracy and Facial Recognition - Download This Show - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Imagine doing away with your password and logging on to a website using facial recognition technology. We also examine the possibility of your mobile phone replacing your credit card. Also we wade though the numbers to find out just how much damage piracy is really doing to the entertainment industry. This week’s guest panel includes Nick Ross, Editor of the ABC’s Games and Technology website and Patrick Gray, cybersecurity journalist from Risky.Biz
Brand new in 2012, Download This Show is your weekly access-point to the latest developments in social media, consumer electronics, digital politics, hacktivism and more.
Beginning January 29, Download This Show will be presented by Marc Fennell (Hungry Beast, triple j) on Sundays at 9:30pm (with a repeat broadcast on Thursdays at 2pm), and will be available to podcast and listen online.
End of the Call Centre? Your data after death, DNT - Download This Show - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
How much do you hate being left on hold to the help desk? Is it possible to replace call centres, help desks and support lines with social media? An Australian company is trying to do just that. Plus, all the ways you can tell the internet to not track you online. And, what happens to your data when you die - all those passwords, banking records, your Facebook page?
Gavin Andresen, Principal of the BitCoin Virtual Currency Project, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about BitCoin, an innovative attempt to create a decentralized electronic currency. Andresen explains the origins of BitCoin, how new currency gets created, how you can acquire BitCoins and the prospects for BitCoin’s future. Can it compete with government-sanctioned money? How can users trust it? What threatens BitCoin and how might it thrive?