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Trends With Benefits

Feb 19, 2016

On this episode we discuss Apple v FBI, Everlasting Hard Drives, Space Archaeology, Cybathlon and Kanye West vs. Dr. Drew Prindle.

Today's episode starts off strong, with Drew Prindle issuing a declarative statement regarding Kanye West. He's instantly challenged on this, which results in a one-of-a-kind performance that is destined to go down in Rap History.

Then, we get into one of the biggest public tech debates in recent years. The FBI has asked Apple for their help, in order to create a "back door" into a San Bernardino shooter's iPhone. Essentially, this would be a work-around for the data encryption that Apple's consumers have come to expect.

The implications of this are far and wide, when it comes consumer privacy. Apple CEO Tim Cook, flatly denied the FBI's request and now everyone from Edward Snowden, to Google has begun weighing in.  We discuss this monumental issue on the show. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

The ultimate, everlasting hard drive has just been created and it sounds like something out of Superman. It's a tiny glass disk that can hold 360 terabytes of information and can last up to 13.8 billion years at 190 degrees Celsius! The idea is that scientists could potentially store all of human knowledge on the device. However, are there actual benefits for the general population? Or, is this just the ultimate vanity project for humanity?

Have you ever heard of Space Archaeology and did you know you could be the one? In addition to being a Space Archaeologist, Sarah Parcak is a 2016 Ted Prize winner. Essentially, she uses satellite images to find ancient archaeological sites that aren't necessarily noticeable on the ground. She will soon be launching a platform called Global Xplorer, which will allow everyone to participate in the field.

Humans are increasingly being outfitted with bionic limbs and robotic enhancements. Now there is an athletic competition taking place in Switzerland, called the Cybathlon. Per it's website, the Cybathlon is a championship for people with "disabilities who are using advanced assistive devices including robotic technologies." It's bound to be more exciting than the Olympics, but no word on if it will be broadcast when it takes place later this year.



Finally, there is no possible description worthy of how today's show ends. No need for a subscription to Tidal though, this release is free for everyone.

Trends With Benefits is a weekly tech podcast and live video broadcast. It brings together experts from Digital Trends to discuss the tech topics of the day and beyond.

Today's episode features Drew Prindle, Jenny McGrath, Matt Smith and Greg Nibler.

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