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Chauncey: All right, you’re listening to the Being Found Show, your guide to find more online buying customers. But, you know, we’ve hit the end here, so it’s no longer the things you need to do. This is just sort of about the news, tends to be a little more fun for us, but it’s kind of weird to put the word news and fun together. Especially now, it’s, you know, so much sensationalism. But this episode was really sort of focusing on our social media.

Jake: And so it’s interesting to open with social media, although this is a topic that we’ve covered a lot. A lot of people are concerned about privacy. Some people don’t seem to care. It seems to be an age split.

But, this new thing through apps, it turns out that Facebook is actually also collecting people’s heart rates, you know, and I just thought that that was hilarious in the sense that, you know, that kicks it over the top for some privacy people, where not only are they following your shopping, they’re following your stuff, but now they’re following your heart. What’s going on inside your body. I don’t know.

I mean this comes … so, a totally different story but, a bunch of people are just finding out that some Google smart home device has a mic in it that’s not supposed to. So it’s, and it’s a security device and so Google just said, “Oops, we forgot to tell you guys there’s a mic in this device.” They never mentioned it to anyone and they’re calling it a mistake now.

Chauncey: I don’t get it.

Jake: A microphone so they actually, this device shouldn’t-

Chauncey: Shouldn’t Google Home have a mic in it?

Jake: Well, yeah, but this thing is like a keypad for a security system. It’s not supposed to, it’s not supposed to be a smart home device, it’s supposed to be just a device.

Chauncey: I see, I get it.

Jake: Like a thermostat for example.

Chauncey: Right, okay.

Jake: So, you know, I do think this is interesting. I also think it’s interesting considering you have companies like 23andMe collecting just enormous amounts of DNA data on the US. Interesting. Did you ever see the movie Gattaca?

Chauncey: Oh yeah.

Jake: Where they actually like decide whether or not to keep you around based on your DNA when you’re born.

Chauncey: Absolutely. I love that movie.

Jake: Yeah so like, man, if 23andMe or some of those other similar companies and Google, YouTube, Facebook were to join forces-

Chauncey: Right, or buy them out.

Jake: Yeah, what an interesting, scary thing that could create.

Chauncey: To just collect mad data.

Jake: Dude, crazy, yeah.

Chauncey: So they know your DNA, they know your ancestry medical history. They know your current heart rate. They know your current heart rate when you’re shopping for specific things, you know. I don’t know, yeah, that is crazy.

Jake: Pretty bizarre, right?

Chauncey: That is bizarre. That is bizarre. So, so part of me is just, “Whatever, you know, that’s the way it’s going.” But part of me, you know, um, the, the horror science fiction movie fan of me sees a lot of possibilities that are absolutely terrifying. Like THX 1138 and of course 1984 and the stuff, you know, it really kind of is going on, you know, it’s like who’s watching the watchers? Terrifying. Terrifying. So in a little bit more positive news, Israel will become the third, uh, country to land something on the moon.

Jake: Nice.

Chauncey: Yeah. And they will also not only become the third but a, they will become the first privately funded to get there because it’s going up on a SpaceX rocket is where it’s going into space, at which point it’s going to fire to the moon. Uh, take six or seven days to get there. I forget exactly how long it’s going to land on the moon. Um, can’t pronounce the title, but uh, it’s named the Beresheet, which is named after the first book of the Jewish Bible.

Jake: Huh.

Chauncey: And, uh, it’s going to be the third, third thing to land there. You know, it’s always amazed me that we, we didn’t spend more time there. Now we did go back. There had been like, um, there’ve been a handful of people that have actually walked on the moon. Of course, we know the first two, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

But yeah. But there, there have been a handful that, that went back afterward. But, uh, we’re the only ones who have walked on the moon. We being the United States of America, but, um, China has landed a rover on the moon and now Israel.

Jake: Yeah. That’s very cool.

Chauncey: It is cool. Uh, I find anything spacey in technology like that, um, inspiring and more things like that need to inspire us. Here we’re looking at first technology, uh, you know, tracking us. That’s not very inspiring. But here in the next one, we see some inspiration. We see mankind getting out there and just finding out some stuff. Obviously, these two other countries felt that there was a need to go back, that there was more to find there.

Jake: Yeah. I think, uh, I think the potential for, for scientific advancement and just doing experiments, finding out all kinds of data and it’s so much fun.

Chauncey: Right.

Jake: I was super excited when we sent that probe to the sun, supposed to circle the sun for like a really long time.

Chauncey: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Jake: Uh, found out that was actually the fastest man-made object ever.

Chauncey: Oh, really?

Jake: Created to get to the sun.

Chauncey: Oh, that’s crazy.

Jake: Yeah.

Chauncey: Yeah. Now they’re talking about to being able to get to our closest star, I believe is Proxima Centauri. And they’re talking about-

Jake: You sure it’s not Optimus Prime?

Chauncey: Optimist primary. Um, yeah totally. And the way that they’re going to get there is that they can reach, they believe that they can reach a quarter the speed of light.

Jake: Wow.

Chauncey: By firing something about the size of a quarter, that’s basically going to send us back atmospheric and stuff information. And they’re basically going to put this thing up into space and fire it like a rail gun. You know, at a quarter of the speed of light and, and, and send it there. Oh, it’s not like a rail gun. What it does is, we on Earth have laser beams that shoot at it.

Jake: What?

Chauncey: And so we are actually hitting it. Constantly propelling it-

Jake: It’s like a photon-

Chauncey: Yeah. Constantly propelling it-

Jake: Water hose.

Chauncey: Yeah, yeah, totally.

Chauncey: A photon water hose.

Chauncey: Yeah. Until it reaches about a quarter of the speed of light.

Jake: Dude, that’s crazy.

Chauncey: Isn’t it? Yeah. And we think we can actually make it there and in our lifetimes and in our stuff-

Jake: Wow.

Chauncey: And actually reap the reward of finding out what is out there.

Jake: That’s cool.

Chauncey: And then, uh, the last thing on our list, we don’t normally have a list when it comes to the news, but I just thought this one was pretty funny. And this is six reasons to get a Google Home for your grandparents. Your grandparents have a Google Home?

Jake: No.

Chauncey: Okay. Well I don’t have any grandparents left, but my aunt and uncle, um, they have an Alexa, which they referred to as Alice when they want to talk crap about it, you know, so they like to sit around and talk about how Alexas does, does that the other thing, you know? And uh, okay, so it’s easy and hands-free. I’ll tell you, it is not easy and hands-free to set up if you get it for your grandparents and you’re going to have to set that puppy up. But once it’s set up, it is easy and hands-free. And it is, I don’t know, do you have one of these?

Jake: You know, I don’t, uh, but I have a Google phone, which I suspect has all the exact same technologies, so-

Chauncey: It does, it does.

Jake: So, yeah, I’m sure …

Chauncey: So, I was way behind on these and I didn’t have one in and we went over to our buddies, John and Sarah’s house and they had an Alexa and we were constantly using it to listen to music and we loved it.

Chauncey: And uh, within like three months, we now have three in our house.

Jake: Wow.

Chauncey: We have an Alexa, a little satellite Alexa then, then I have a Google Dot on my desk, you know, and like, I dunno. Yeah. I really like these things. They’re easy. I can tell my Dot. I can tell it to create me a calendar reminder and it will, it just automatically does it, pops it into my Google calendar.

Jake: If you had two, could you get an intercom thing going on with them? Because that would be-

Chauncey: Can you use it to call other people? Yeah, you can through your Google Voice.

Jake: Interesting.

Chauncey: You know, it’s connected to all your stuff.

Jake: Yeah.

Chauncey: Not to bring it back around to South Park again, but if you’ve seen the episode where Cartman has like 40 of them set up and makes ’em talk to one another?

Jake: No.

Chauncey: All right.

Chauncey: So your grandparents have a hard time searching the internet. Well not any longer. They can search the internet without a screen.

Jake: Nice.

Chauncey: This one answers your other question. They can stay connected to loved ones by calling.

Jake: Hey.

Chauncey: But, uh, Google Home cannot call 911.

Jake: What?

Chauncey: During an emergency.

Jake: Seriously?

Chauncey: Yeah. So they’re still going to have to get the button.

Jake: Okay.

Chauncey: Whatever it is. You have that-

Jake: Life Alert?

Chauncey: Yeah. Okay. Speaking of Life Alert and grandparents, uh, their marketing is just over the top. It’s like before their commercials, it’s just all, “Caution. Some of these commercials may terrify some people.” And then it’s just has a woman who fallen and can’t get up and like I’m just all, “My God, you know, this is like a terrifying commercial.” You know? And then they have another one where it’s like, you know how their catchphrase is, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up?”

Jake: Yeah.

Chauncey: And it has a person in there all, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”

Chauncey: And then it shows somebody in the shower in they’re. “I fallen in the shower and I can’t get up.” And then it shows like a guy in the park and he’s all, “I fallen in the park and I can’t get up.” Like they’re all clarifying all the places where you could possibly fall and not be able to get up.

Jake: Uh, yeah.

Chauncey: All right. So, uh, it can help around the house. It can make a lot of the things easier to control. Let’s say, you send him some lamps and stuff like that. Maybe they have mobility issues. They can turn lights off and on, uh, just by talking to their device, you know, so there’s a lot of accessibility. Awesome help for them. It can create a personal archive. They can actually remember things, they can remind themselves. Earlier I was talking about this, they can say, “Remind me to pay this bill.” “Remind me where I left my keys.”

Jake: Yeah.

Chauncey: I mean, uh, I feel stupid saying that about grandparents cause I lose my keys all the time, so I mean I am not trying to put anybody in a box.

Jake: Well, you know, and some, some grandparents have complicated pill schedules.

Chauncey: Perfect. Yeah, perfect example. Yeah. Yeah. And then hours of entertainment, you know.

Jake: There you go.

Chauncey: You got hours of entertainment. Uh, it really is a great thing. You know, I put this up here because it was kind of funny, but uh, now that I mentioned it, it’s, it’s, uh, it’s not that funny.

Jake: Nailed it.

Chauncey: All right, so you are listening to The Being Found Show. We’re gonna take a break here, and then we’re coming back, and we’re talking about some social media. This is The Being Found Show, your guide to being found by more buying customers. You can listen to the full show here: Being Found Show Episode #73