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Download This Show is your weekly guide to the world of media, culture, and technology. From social media to gadgets, streaming services to privacy issues. Each week Marc Fennell and a team of people far smarter than him (his words, not ours) take a fun deep dive into how technology is reshaping our lives.

Download This Show is your weekly guide to the world of media, culture, and technology. From social media to gadgets, streaming services to privacy issues. Each week Marc Fennell and a team of people far smarter than him (his words, not ours) take a fun deep dive into how technology is reshaping our lives.

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Download This Show is your weekly guide to the world of media, culture, and technology. From social media to gadgets, streaming services to privacy issues. Each week Marc Fennell and a team of people far smarter than him (his words, not ours) take a fun deep dive into how technology is reshaping our lives.

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Episodes

Artificial Intelligence gets creative

3/3/2021
We were warned that it would dominate our lives but instead it has quietly come to underpin more technology and parts of our lives that we might never have expected - from manufacturing, to maps and travel. So where is the technology of Artificial Intelligence at, and where is it going? Should it be regulated, if at all? And will it end up reflecting its creators, for better or for worse? Guests: Rae Johnston, SBS NITV Science and Technology editor & Dr Ollie Bown, Associate Professor UNSW...

Duration:00:28:21

So who just won? Australia or Facebook?

2/24/2021
It was only a week ago when Facebook and the Australian government locked horns over the proposed media bargaining laws and now Facebook has backflipped saying they’ll walk back its block on Australian users sharing news on its site. So is there a winner in this battle? And NASA Perseverance rover landed on Mars – we got to see its descent and landing in amazing detail and hear audio recorded on the surface for the first time. So what can we learn from this feat of science? Plus, Clubhouse...

Duration:00:28:21

Where are Australia’s electric vehicles?

2/17/2021
Around the world, electric vehicles are gaining attraction, interest and sales. Billions of dollars are being poured into this technology and into electric self-driving cars, but not without some serious accidents. So where is Australia at in this fledgling market, and what does the future hold? We have industry members to test some claims and to tell us what questions we should ask if want to buy an electric car. Guests: Bridie Schmidt, Lead reporter, The Driven & Behyad Jafari, CEO...

Duration:00:28:21

Is that true or did you just read it on the internet?

2/10/2021
Misinformation moves faster online than truth. But when it comes to elections, COVID-19, vaccines, 5G, QAnon, chemtrails, are the moves by social platforms actually working? And more importantly, what do you say to a person online that you know is sharing content that you know to be untrue - what's the best way of handling that? Guests: Ariel Bogle, Analyst, ASPI & Cameron Wilson, Reporter, Business Insider and Gizmodo

Duration:00:28:21

GameStop right now, thank you very much

2/3/2021
The internet was meant to democratise everything from content to ideas. But there’s another edge on that sword and it turns out we aren’t really prepared for it. This week: a video game store, Wall Street and the front page of the internet go to war… not entirely sure who wins. Plus, media companies want Google and Facebook to pay for news. The ACCC is pushing legislation to make that happen. Google says it breaks the concept of a free searchable web and instead have proposed a new idea for...

Duration:00:28:21

Google going? WhatsApp going! Trump gone

1/27/2021
DuckDuckGo, Ask Jeeves, Yandex, Swisscows, Bing - the search engines we could be forced to use if Google delivers on their threat to quit Australia. How likely is that? Messaging service WhatsApp sees an Old Testament scale exodus. Plus, Donald Trump may not be President or on most social media platforms - will that make it harder to track his influence online? Guests: Sarah Moran, Founder, Girl Geek Academy @GirlGeekAcademy & Jonno Seidler, Unyoked

Duration:00:28:21

Bye 2020

12/17/2020
Congratulations, it was weird, it was lonely, frustrating and unprecedented. What changes forever after this, and what whips back? Also, you used to use video streaming services to chill out, now use them to sweat. Plus, one of the biggest adult entertainment sites is under fire - are there implications for the rest of the digital world? Guests: Rae Johnston, Science and Tech Editor, NITV @raejohnston + Cameron Wilson, internet reporter, BuzzFeed News Australia @cameronwilson.

Duration:00:28:21

Movies are dead now (apparently)

12/9/2020
Wonder Woman 1984, Dune, The Matrix 4, Godzilla v Kong were slated to be the blockbusters of 2021, but they won’t be played in US cinemas. What does it mean for movie lovers in Australia? Is this hastening the end of the big screen experience? Plus, the high-profile AI ethics expert who has left Google and why her departure is so controversial. And the major company that’s pulled the plug on self-driving cars. Guests: Jessie Hughes, VR expert and creative technologist + Seamus Byrne, editor...

Duration:00:28:21

OnlyFans: The future of the internet?

12/2/2020
It’s a service that’s become famous for adult entertainers that may well have cracked a conundrum facing creative people on the internet – how to get paid. What is it that makes Hyperloop special and do we want it in Australia? Plus, has the gaming world inadvertently gifted the world a social media platform that's not a horrible trash fire? Guests: Sarah Moran, Girl Geek Academy @GirlGeekAcademy + Angharad Yeo, host of ABC Good Game Spawn Point

Duration:00:28:21

Fitbit for pets and can Maru stop online bullying?

11/25/2020
Fitness trackers for pooches - has your pet reached their step count? Across the world more than half of all girls have been harassed or abused online. Can ‘Maru’, an anti-harassment chatbot help? Plus, Twitter has unleashed its latest new feature and in a surprise to precisely no one, lots of people are complaining. Guests: Jocelyn Brewer, psychologist, cyberpsychology consultant @diginutrition + Nic Healey, breakfast presenter ABC Western Plains @dr_nic

Duration:00:28:21

The new core of Apple+ Robodebt payout

11/18/2020
The Federal Government has agreed to pay $112 million in compensation for its botched robo-debt welfare recovery scheme. How did it go so wrong? Can Airbnb weather the pandemic? Plus, what happens when one of the world’s most valuable computer companies breaks up with the firm that has made their insides tick along for many years? Guests: Peter Wells, tech writer and host of Meta, a podcast about podcasts @peterwells + Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson, national technology editor for News Corp...

Duration:00:28:21

Netflix invents a 'TV channel' and the alt-right flock to Facebook rival Parler

11/11/2020
The bold, innovation from Netflix — we believe it’s called television! How the social media giants fared against the torrent of US election misinformation. Plus, are people leaving Facebook for new right-leaning social media apps? And why does Google want to buy a fitness tracker company? Guests: Ariel Bogle, analyst, Australian Strategic Policy Institute + Angharad Yeo, host of ABC Good Game Spawn Point

Duration:00:28:21

2020: QR codes finally became useful

11/4/2020
Why have the little black and white grids you have to photograph to go to a café become the go-to tech for the pandemic? Can artificial intelligence tell if you have Covid from the sound of your cough? And Marc's given up on hovercars, but maybe we can still get holograms in our future…Guests: Jessie Hughes, VR expert and creative technologist + Peter Wells, tech writer and host of Meta, a podcast about podcasts @peterwells

Duration:00:28:21

How bad is foreign election interference in 2020?

10/28/2020
The maelstrom of online interference during the US election. Tech companies are scrambling to deal with political misinformation and probably worse. Plus, gone before we knew ye - streaming service and one-word punchline QUIBI calls it quits. And he’s the tech magnate known as the Hermit King, whose reign affected most mobile phones. Who is it? Guests: Sarah Moran, Girl Geek Academy @GirlGeekAcademy + Jeremy Kirk, Executive editor at Information Security Media Group @jeremy_kirk

Duration:00:28:21

Is Apple quietly killing your phone?

10/21/2020
Does Apple slow down your phone down to encourage you to buy a new one? Imagine a world without news on Google or Facebook - other countries have done it, so how did it play out for them? And is Twitter too good at dealing with sketchy content on the platform? Guests: Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson, national technology editor for News Corp @jendudley + Cameron Wilson, reporter, Business Insider, Gizmodo Australia @cameronwilson

Duration:00:28:21

Sick of doing video calls?

10/14/2020
What if you could get an AI face to do your video calls for you? The push to break up huge tech companies coming from Washington DC. Plus, are Twitter and Facebook doing enough to stop misinformation and is Tinder doing enough to stop sexual assault? Guests: Peter Marks, software developer, Access Informatics @petermarxy + Rae Johnston, Science and Tech Editor, NITV @raejohnston *CONTENT WARNING: references to sexual assault

Duration:00:28:21

Social dilemmas and strange drones

10/7/2020
It flies, it spies, it’s the strangest security camera - what does it tell us about surveillance and fear? What The Social Dilemma gets right and wrong. Plus, if you’re working from home, should your boss be allowed to use monitoring software to spy on you? Guests: Jeremy Kirk, Executive editor at Information Security Media Group @jeremy_kirk + Natasha Gillezeau, tech and media journalist, AFR @natashagillezeau

Duration:00:28:21

Newer Broadband Network?

9/30/2020
Which streaming service is in dire straits and why does Marc care so much about this platform? Plus, fibre-to-the-node and now to the home! Some Australians will be able to get fibre-to-the-home internet by 2023 as part of a NBN upgrade due to start in a few months. Guests: Seamus Byrne, editor & host of Byteside @byteside @seamus + Ariel Bogle, reporter for Click-Sick – a new 3 part series on health misinformation @arielbogle

Duration:00:28:22

Making better disability tech

9/23/2020
Whether permanent, temporary or as result of age, millions of Australians will experience a form of disability. How do we make tech more inclusive? Meet some of the innovators with lived experience of disability driving tech innovation in Australia. Guests: Steve Ralph, tester for voice enabled mobile app, Maslow Heather Morrison & Andrew Gurza, co-founders of Handi, developers of sexual health products Pete Horsley, founder of disability tech accelerator, Remarkable

Duration:00:28:21

Tik Tok off the chopping block?

9/16/2020
Tik Tok has done a deal to stay online in the US but who has really won and lost? Small youth and lifestyle websites may be the accidental victims of the proposal to force the digital giants to pay for journalism. And are there lessons to be learned from new COVID-19 tracing apps being launched in other countries? Guests; Daniel Van Boom, News Editor CNET @dvanboom +Jessie Hughes, creative technologist

Duration:00:28:22