If You Don’t Know, Now You Know: New Tech | The Daily Show

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(upbeat music) - What is one of the biggest concerns people have about modern technology? Privacy, right? Because our phones know everything about us, what music we listened to, how much sleep we get, what our face looks like when we're pooping. But now Apple is going to give you a little more control over how widely that information is shared. - You know how it goes, you searched for something online then see an ad on Facebook or Instagram for that exact item. Well, Apple is making it harder for apps to track your online activity. - [Woman] When you're using apps on your iPhone, you may start to see this- - [Woman] Apple users must now give permission for apps to track your online activity data before you could only Opt-out. - It's about time.

- [Reporter] Gennie Gebhart is with the privacy nonprofit the Electronic Frontier Foundation. - Switching from Opt-out to Opt-in is huge. That is that's going to really make a lot more users opt out of this tracking feature that wasn't built for users, it was built for advertisers. - That's right people. With the new iOS updates, you have to opt in to being tracked online instead of having to opt out.

And I know it might seem like a small change but this is a huge deal because people are lazy as shit. Like think about it, if Apple said that they were gonna put all your nudes online unless you opted out, you'd probably be like, "What? No way. Where's that opt-out option?" Settings, general where I, you know what I'm proud of my third nipple. Let's just do this, I don't care anymore.

I got things to do." And people don't understand how much information Facebook is actually getting from your other apps. Like you think it's a small thing. You know how you always lie to your friends, "Oh, I was talking about something and then it popped up.

Is my phone listening to me?" No, it's the apps. Like if you're in Atlanta and you check the weather in Vermont it won't wait for you to search for a winter coat before it starts showing you ads for one. And if you've been ordering pizza every night on Grub Hub well then the ads will show you a coat that's two sizes up because it knows.

So this new privacy feature is good news for iPhone users but it turns out it's very bad news for one of Apple's biggest rivals, Facebook. In fact, it's so bad for them that they've started throwing up popups begging everyone to let them keep tracking us and warning us that if we don't Facebook might stop being free of charge. And I'm not gonna lie people, that seems like an empty threat to me because who would pay to be on Facebook with the type of people willing to pay to be on Facebook? I mean like that's like if a crack house had a cover charge. I actually wouldn't mind if Facebook started charging people because I think if they did, maybe people would actually think for a second before they posted. "The government puts fluoride in the water to brainwash us.

Post. Two dollars. Well, I'll keep it to myself." Now, the reason Facebook needs to track its users is so that it can charge big bucks to advertisers who want to target very specific audiences.

But Mark Zuckerberg knows that people don't care if he can't afford to give his hovercraft a Lamborghini for its birthday. So instead, he's asking you to think about the poor companies that will suffer if he can't track you. - [Woman] Facebook said, Apple's move, will harm their small business advertisers. - It's gonna kill us. It's gonna kill us. - [Woman] But for Monique Wilsondebriano, who was featured in a Facebook campaign and owns Charleston Gourmet Burger, the change has already affected sales and she's had to cut costs.

- It's not about, you know, small businesses, wanting to take away anyone's privacy. All we wanna do is really to service our customers better. So if someone loves hamburgers and they're looking for something that is just awesome, to make your hamburgers taste better, I would like to show my ad to you. And this update takes that away from small businesses like mine. - Okay, now this is interesting. I mean, I don't like getting tracked, but it is true that it does help some small businesses target their ads.

And the truth is in life, bad things can have good side effects. You know, it's like how serial killers are bad. We all agree that they're bad, but you do get a lot of really interesting podcasts out of them. Yeah, no. So I can see what Facebook is tryna argue here.

They're saying, do you really want to hurt small businesses before Amazon has a chance to bankrupt them? And honestly, I wouldn't mind targeted ads that much but the thing is, it's how. It is how Facebook tracks all of us that I don't like. Like it it'll be one thing if Facebook asked me, "Hey Trevor, do you like hamburgers? Oh, we're gonna show you stuff about food." But what Facebook actually does is basically just send some guy named Gary, to just stalk my entire life.

"Hey Trevor, I heard you like hamburgers. What, how did you know that? I read an email you sent to your girlfriend." So maybe you're still not swayed by the effect of this change on small businesses. And that's why Facebook is also warning of the bleak future that awaits all of us if they can't track our every movement anymore.

- [Woman] Facebook's pushing back. It relies on that data to target consumers with relevant ads. So if people do Opt-out here's what Facebook says could happen. Say a young man is looking for a new pair of sneakers on his phone. Facebook claims that with Apple's new rules it won't be able to use his search history information about what other apps he uses to show him ads for things he wants to buy.

So on Facebook or Instagram, he could end up seeing ads for women's clothing or furniture. - Really? This is a real argument. Come on, man, get the out of here guys. We've lived our entire lives watching untargeted ads. TV ads, newspaper ads, billboards.

None of those were targeted and we were fine. Now all of a sudden they're making it seem like we can't live without them. Like we're gonna be like, "Oh no, oh no, I'd have to watch untargeted edge but how will I know if a product isn't for me? What if I buy tampons because I didn't know that I don't have a period. What if I buy dog food but I don't have a dog? Am I a dog? Am I dog on tampon? I don't know."

We can handle on targeted ads. In fact, sometimes untargeted ads introduce you to things that you never knew you needed. Yeah. Like a shower seat. I didn't think about that before I came to America.

And then now that I'm here I realize just because I'm not 80 doesn't mean I can't get clean and comfortable. And you don't on top of all that Facebook makes it seem, they make it seem like all they use that data for is to sell us the products that we want. But don't forget, that the reason you often only see posts that make you mad as hell is because of all the time Facebook is tracking you and they use that targeting to piss you off. It's not a coincidence that Facebook is always telling you that, Joe Biden is gonna make the Bible Spanish only or that Trump's stole all the mailboxes to give to Kim Jong-un. It's because they know how to keep you engaged for as long as possible. And they know this by tracking you.

Then again, I'm not pro Apple here, right? But Apple didn't build their entire business model on stalking you, Facebook did. And if moving society away from tracking people means that Gary has to find a new job, then you know what? So be it. "But then Trev, who will recommend creams for your toe nail fungus? Get the out of here, Gary." (upbeat music) Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, a lot of people are doing worse than ever, because it turns out that the technology keeping us connected is also making us feel like shit. - [Man] With the stress of the pandemic, body image issues have been on the rise.

- [Woman] 43% of women, 26% have men said, COVID-19 negatively affected how attractive they felt. - The countless hours spent on zoom or video calls is causing more and more Americans to be insecure about their appearance. - [Woman] Video conferencing presents a constant unedited unfiltered look at ourselves that can be unsettling.

And those front-facing cameras, we're all using aren't doing us any favor. - Things like the nose could actually appear larger and wider and the eyes could appear smaller. Not only as a person confronting their own reflection with much greater intensity and frequency than they ever had before, but they were staring at a distorted reflection. - [Woman] This is all part of an alarming new trend. Coined Zoom Dysmorphia. - Yes, Zoom Dysmorphia.

It's when you realize that it's not just everyone else who looks terrible on Zoom and that's really not cool. You know, Zoom shouldn't make you feel bad about your looks. It should make you feel bad about your dirty ass living room. But you have to remember people, this is a new phenomenon that we're dealing with. Humans didn't evolve to see their own faces all the time. That's not normal.

I mean, except for twins, I guess they don't count they're freaks. It's just like another one of you. What? Think about it for most of human history if you wanted to know what you looked like, you had to get your friend to smash up some blueberry and rub it on a cave wall. You look like this. Damn, do I really hold a spear like that? Now the good news is that it's likely we'll all be using Zoom a lot less in the near future. But unfortunately there's another technology that also makes us feel bad about ourselves And it doesn't look like it's going away anytime soon, I'm talking about photo filters.

Yes. They've helped mankind realize this dream of puking rainbows, but some of the most popular filters just help you look more attractive, which may sound harmless, but it could be anything but. - Cutting edge apps and social media filters are allowing ordinary people to enhance their online photos to impossible perfection. In some cases it's sparking a concerning phenomenon. - [Woman] With apps like Facetune, you have the power to completely transform yourself. Bigger eyes, skinnier nose and jawline.

- [Woman] Smaller butt or flatter belly, wider teeth, smoother skin. You can do it right on your phone. - When I take a selfie, I always use filters. I wish I could look like my filter itself in real life. - [Reporter] This obsession with personal appearance, that selfie culture encourages may have darker implications for mental health.

- [Man] A study in the journal of The American medical association says filtered pictures can take a toll on self-esteem body image and even lead to body dysmorphic disorder. - I do feel like we're losing touch with what reality looks like. We're already getting there to the point where we're expecting people to look as unhuman as possible.

- Yeah. Photo editing filters set unrealistic expectations for beauty. the same way Fruit Ninja sets up unrealistic expectations of how easy it is to slice floating fruit. (Trevor screams) And once you have this filtered version of yourself in your head, you become dissatisfied with what you really look like.

So in essence, we're basically cat fishing ourselves. What if these editing apps can turn adults into quivering blobs of insecurity, just imagine what they're doing to kids. - [Reporter] Psychologists warn these photo filters can be particularly troubling for teens and young people who are still developing their sense of self. - [Man] 80% of girls in one survey say they compare the way they look to other people on social media.

- On Instagram I follow people like Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner and they all have this like time measure, like body image that everyone is expecting from this generation. - [Reporter] Young girls on social media had a negative body perception with one in seven girls reporting being unhappy with the way they look at the end of elementary school. And that number almost doubling to nearly one in three by age 14. - [Woman] 80% of young girls are using photo retouching apps to change the way they look before posting pictures.

- [Reporter] And those with high scores for manipulating their photos were associated with high scores for body related and eating concerns. - Do any of you ever questioned your body because of what you see on social media? - Yeah. - Yeah. - Shame, man. This is a vicious cycle for teenagers. Social media makes them unhappy with how they look so then they use filters, which perpetuate the unrealistic expectations for themselves and others, plus they're teenagers so they're doing all of this while they're driving which puts everyone at risk. And all the insecurity this creates is harmful for teenagers because I know it's hard to tune all of this out but teens shouldn't be obsessing over this stuff.

Like I honestly wish I could sit all teenagers down and say "Hey, don't worry about how you look. The plant's gonna die out before you're 30. It doesn't matter." Now it's bad enough when people wish they had the perfect Instagram look in real life. What's worse is when they actually try to make it happen. - The more people look at doctored up images, the more likely they are to actually start seeking out cosmetic procedures at younger ages.

- These cosmetic procedures are becoming so popular with teens. Plastic surgeons have coined a new syndrome for it. Snapchat Dysmorphia. - [Reporter] And the number of kids getting nipped tux may astound you.

In 2017, nearly 230,000 teens had cosmetic procedures. Kids as young as 13 are getting them. - [Man] Doctors seeing an influx of people of all ages turning to plastic surgery to look more like their filter. - [Reporter] 62% of plastic surgeons reported their patients wanted to go under the knife because of dissatisfaction with their social media profile. 57% said their patients want it to look better in selfies. - Absolutely, it's it's becoming more and more common where people will show me images on their Instagram or even something that posted on Facebook and go, "This is really how I wanna look."

- Just last week, I had a patient come in and ask me for more of an anime eye and she couldn't figure out why it's not possible. - Okay, man, this is really disturbing. 13 year olds in particular should not be getting plastic surgery. I mean, when you're 13 your physical appearance is already naturally changing. That's what our faces are doing.

It's like long-term plastic surgery. I mean, this is what I looked like when I was 13. You gotta let that play out.

Honestly, though, I don't blame the teenagers, I blame the parents and the plastic surgeons. I mean, how are you gonna let them do this to themselves? They can't even buy cigarettes but you're gonna let them buy a new face? Clearly, this is getting out of hand. Which is why there's now a movement not just against filters, but all the ways that people have been distorting reality on social media. - [Reporter] Many influencers have started speaking up on issue, admitting that they've presented altered images in the past and are opening up the conversation. Some are even posting raw, totally unedited photos of themselves and breaking down how people on your Instagram feed, maybe manipulating their angles and lighting to get that quote/unquote perfect selfie. - There are many celebrities exposing the dangerous of digital distortion.

They are posting images of themselves, unedited unfiltered online. And this is a great example to young girls. - [Reporter] Pop star Lizzo made a big splash when she posted a selfie in the nude and unretouched. - There's no shame anymore and I just kinda post myself.

It's like, you take me as I am. You don't have to love me. - [Reporter] British MP, Luke Evans has proposed the digitally altered body image bill, which would require advertisers and publishers to display a logo whenever a person's face or body has been digitally enhanced.

- Okay, first of all, I love the idea of putting disclaimers on photos of people who have been digitally altered. I love it. And honestly, I don't think we should stop there. We need to do this for everything that's being digitally, like food ads. Those are the worst. Every fast food burger looks great on TV but then when I order it, it looks like it fell asleep in a hot tub.

But I'm glad that we're finally learning the truth about what celebrities look like. Personally, I'm waiting for SpongeBob to join this movement. I mean, no way that guy's that square naturally. Have you've seen that? It's like he's not even, what do you mean he's not real? They know how would he have a TV show. Now I'm not naive enough to think that society is gonna stop creating unrealistic beauty standards anytime soon.

But what I do hope, is that we can better educate our kids and ourselves that our own natural bodies are beautiful. I mean, except for that flap of old people's skin we have on our elbows, like that is gross. I don't care who you are it looks like a mid arm bull sack.

But everything else is beautiful. (upbeat music) - [Man] Bill gates. He's rich. He's brilliant. And apparently he's out of his mind.

- This is a container of human feces. - Why is one of the richest men in the world carrying a jar of his own shit? I went to Seattle to find out what's wrong with Bill Gates. Mr. Gates, it's a huge honor to meet you. Just a quick question. What the fuck is wrong with you? I mean, are you okay? - Yeah. I'm great. Love what I'm doing.

- Okay. So why are you carrying around your own poop in a jar? - I did have a beaker of human feces when I was explaining why we need a reinvented toilet. You don't need to reinvent a toilet.

We shit in it and then we push a button then the disappears. It's perfect. - Well, toilets are something we take for granted but billions of people don't have them. Even in these growing cities in poor countries they can't afford to build sewers and that causes diseases. And so we have to come up with a very different way of taking care of that waste.

- And because so much of the world likes a sanitary place to poop, Bill launched the Reinvent, The Toilet challenge. It funds scientists to redesign toilets that don't need a sewer system. - We put 700 million into this to show that it can be done. - Sorry, hang on, you put several hundred million dollars into toilets? - Giving it away, you bet - Oh my God is Bill Gates literally flushing his fortune down the toilet? To find out, I flew all the way to University of South Florida where professor Danielyan and his team are using Gates funding to make some sort of magic poop box.

- So what we have here essentially is a miniature version of the wastewater treatment plant. And we can put this anywhere in the world. In the bio-reactor we have microorganisms. They eat the poop and turn it into clean water. - Why do the microbes eat the poop. - The microbes eat the poop because that's what they do.

- Did you ask them if they wanna do that? - Well- - Why don't you give 'em a muffin or something? Maybe they're like a muffin. - Okay, I'll make a note of that. But when you showed them the poop, they love it. - Despite his crazy talk, there's just something about this guy, I don't know what it is, but I trust him. So I decided to give his machine a try.

- So normally we will have a block of toilets, and then the waste from the toilets will come here. They'll go into the machine. And then using solar power we can turn the poopy water into clean water. - So you stand by this? - Yeah. - Well prove it. - Okay. - Did it work? - Yeah. - Well,

how many times did it not work and you end up drinking your own shit? (laughs) - Well, it's worked so well that we're actually working with NASA. Astronauts have to poop and we can turn that poop into clean water and nutrients and even energy. - Wait, did you say energy? - Yeah. The microbes in the bio-reactor make methane.

That's the same stuff that's in natural gas and you can burn it. - Bill gates, you sneaky bastard. You just found a filthy little back door into the most profitable industry in the world.

Energy. You didn't say anything about energy. - Yeah, it's one way to make it cheap to process the sewage, is to sell these outputs.

- You should open with that next time. Don't open with the saving the world kids and disease and open with your one toilets that can convert into energy. We need to make these toilets as expensive as possible 'cause based on my research, everyone poops, I mean everybody. - Well, unless we make them super cheap they're not gonna get out to the poorest who need them the most. - Look, I know you've made your money some of us here are still trying to win this game.

- Well, if you have an idea, let us know. - I've got nothing ideas for this. - Okay. - So this is an iPad. Great device, I love using it.

So what's the worst seat on a plane next to the toilet. But what if every seat was the toilet, poop pilot planes to keep the plane in motion we have to keep shitting. High pressure I know, but it gives the airlines incentive to (indistinct).

- And I'm sure the numbers work. - How about this? It's a toilet that you shit in and it powers a cannon that shoots the out through my neighbor's house. (laugh) Why are you laughing? - That's not legal. - Listen, man, I'm up here just try to come up with ideas here to save the world.

What are you doing? - That's what I'm doing. - No, that's what I'm doing. I'm here giving my ideas, all you're doing is shitting on them. - Well, I don't think those ideas are ready yet, but we do have a lot of ideas that are in the field being tested and Durbin. It's trying to cover the 30% of their residents that don't have a great sewage processing. We are gonna completely change the future, everybody's gonna have a great toilet.

- Well here's to everyone having a great toilet. Cheers. - Not bad. - Now, guess where that came from? You just drunk my shit. How's does it taste? - That's a very successful process there. It tasted like normal water.

Good job. - Thank you Bill. There's more where that came from. (upbeat music) - Ransomware. It sounds like a fashion line for casual yet elegant kidnappers, but it's actually a big problem that's only getting worse.

- [Reporter] Ransomware is a cyber attack in which hackers threatened to shut down networks or publish private information unless paid a ransom. The department of Homeland security estimates a 300% increase in such attacks in the past year alone with a cost of more than $350 million in ransoms. - [Woman] Ransomware encrypts a computer networks data to hold it hostage and then will only give the digital decryption key to unlock it for a price. - [Woman] The average payment climb from a few thousand dollars in 2018 to more than $230,000.

- [Man] Desperate to recover their data, some businesses are paid as much as $935,000 in ransom. - [Woman] They demand a ransom usually in Bitcoin, a largely untraceable digital currency. - [Man] Ransomware has become such a frequent occurrence. 40% of companies in the UK with over 250 employees are now stockpiling Bitcoin in the event of an attack. - Oh man, this is terrible. These hackers, aren't just forcing people to pay money, they're forcing them to learn about Bitcoin, and that's the real crime.

But at the same time, it makes sense. You know, if your company gets hacked, then you're prepared and if you don't get hacked, you can always give Bitcoin to your employees as Christmas gifts. Happy holidays, everyone go buy a hitman off the dark web. Yay.

But yes, much like matcha flavoring, ransomware attacks wind from something you've never really heard of to being basically everywhere, which makes sense. Because as the world gets more online, there are more and more targets to choose from. And it's not helping that it's also really cheap and easy to police scams off. - [Reporter] Ransomware incident usually starts innocently enough. Maybe an interesting special promotion offer or an email disguised as coming from your boss. But once you click on the link or download the file it can kick off a debilitating attack.

- [Man] The barriers to entry to create ransomware are really low. - [Man] Hackers advertise, do it yourself ransomware kits on the dark web. - It's an incredibly detailed guide that enables you to customize every aspect of the ransomware without ever really having to write any code yourself. - [Reporter] Today almost anyone can get their hands on ransomware technology. Ransomware can be purchased on the deep web for as little as $39.

- Okay, well that, that's crazy to me. You can buy ransomware for just $39. It was like nothing. I mean, to be fair though that's probably the version that has ads, right? Like you can shut down America's energy infrastructure but every 10 minutes you have to watch that stupid LIMU EMU commercial. What the hell is that? I'm not gonna buy insurance from an EMU.

I'm gonna buy it from a Gecko, sophisticated like that. And by the way, am I the only one who feels like it kinda ruins the drama of a ransomware attack when you find out that all these guys are doing is basically just tricking someone inside the company into giving them access. Because like when you think of hacking, what do you think of? You think of the computer equivalent of Tom cruise breaking into a building with diamond cutters and coming down from the ceiling on wires and dodging the lasers. When in reality it's more like Tom cruise just yelling at a security guard, "Hey I'm gonna fix the toilet."

And then the guard just waves him in. And the reason this works so well is because people will click on anything. I mean, have you seen the links at the bottom of news articles? You'll never believe what the house from "Malcolm In The Middle" looks like today.

I mean, I've never even seen that show but I've read that article eight times. And one of the most messed up things about these crimes is who tends to be the victims. It's not usually rich corporations because they can afford the latest cybersecurity and the best IT guys. I'm talking about the guy with the Shauna short-sleeve button-downs, you know, the ones that barely make it possible shoulders. So because these companies are harder to strike, instead the hackers squeeze ransom out of the places that can already least afford it.

- [Reporter] For years, ransomware attacks have targeted retailers, hospitals, police departments, utilities, state, and local governments. Their data held hostage until they pay up. - Cash municipalities are uniquely vulnerable to this kind of ransomware attack because they're using older systems. They don't keep them updated and they don't have the resources to be able to respond.

- [Reporter] Today, 26% of cities and counties say they fend off an attack on their networks every hour. - [Man] Cyber crooks know governments and hospitals are likely to pay because they can't afford not to. - There was nothing that we could do to unlock those files. - The best option for us, even though it was the last and worst option for us was to either the ransom. - Shame, man.

I can't believe hackers are stooping so low that they're demanding ransom from police departments. It's disgusting. They need that money for the brutality settlements, you monsters.

And of course a hospital has no other choice, but to pay. I mean, if hackers shut down your operating room in the middle of a surgery, what are you gonna do? Send the patient home with only one of their butt implants put in? No, the cheeks would be uneven. So hackers are using ransomware to cripple hospitals, police departments, utility companies and local governments. And as a society, it's gonna be chaos if all of those things crash. I mean, except for the hospitals, I don't need those. When it's my time, it's my time and I'm ready B.

Unless it's my appendix, then I need a hospital. But I mean for like major, you know what I mean? So, because it's so major, you'd think that the federal government would step in and make sure that this doesn't happen. The problem is there's actually not much the federal government can do this.

- [Reporter] This chaos left in the wake of colonial pipelines ransomware attack has heightened concerns about America's cybersecurity. The energy grid and water supply have almost no federally mandated cybersecurity protections. - [Woman] The federal government depends on private companies improving their cyber hygiene to avoid ransomware attacks. - [Man] 85% of American critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector.

- The government has very little visibility on whether these private corporations have good cybersecurity or bad cyber security. - One of the issues is with private companies, they are not required to disclose cyber attacks that really hinders the ability for law enforcement and the government to make an informed decision and develop the best policy options that they have to try and counter this attack. - No country is more connected technologically than the US and that makes you more vulnerable to this kind of stuff.

I mean, really the only solution is turn the switch off. I mean, disconnect yourself from the internet. - Yeah. Disconnecting from the internet doesn't sound so hard. I mean all you have to do is subscribe to Spectrum.

But for real though, I get that it's difficult for the government to regulate the internal security of private companies, but the solution to ransomware cannot be to put the entire country into airplane mode. I mean, no one even does that on airplanes. Unfortunately, as of right now there's not another solution that seems workable. So until there is Americans might need to stop panic buying gasoline and start panic Bitcoin.

And if you don't know, now you know. - I'm here in Wisconsin, land of beer, cheese and real life, just hoping and technology that's gonna control your every move. - A Wisconsin based company three square market announced its plans to install rice size microchips in its employees. - That's right.

This company is shoving microchips into their employees. And this movement is spreading worldwide. - [Man] In Sweden thousands already have microchip implants that they use in their daily lives. - Next thing you know, we'll all be chipped. I'm gonna pull a Harriet Tubman and freeze white people.

Wait, you know what I mean? I had to put an end to this evil technology before it dominates us all. The removal wasn't gonna be pretty but luckily I spent a Summer working as an unlicensed proctologist. Hey, bend over.

I'm here to (indistinct) your chip. - What are you talking about? - The chip, the chip they put in you, I'm here to take it out. - I volunteered.

- You volunteered? - Yeah. - What? Hey, who has volunteered to get this chip? Even you black dude? Come on man. So I sat face to face with the man responsible for running company of chipped employees.

So where exactly is this chip implanted? - It's right there. - That's not where I thought y'all put it. - Where'd you think I put it. - It's not important. So how did you convince your employees to let you brainwash them into getting chips in their hands? - Because they saw that we could do something that truly could just change the world. I literally can, with the swipe of the hand, do anything.

You can start your car with it, you can make payments, unlock doors. - I've been able to unlock doors my whole life. - I bet it's cool like this. It's easier. - Don't you think he y'all are helping people become more lazy. We already swipe everything.

I swipe on my phone and meet these mens. I already paid with my phone. Why do I need a chip in my hand. - I'm never gonna forget my hand, it's always there. - Hands are really easy to lose.

We've all been there, a wood chipper too close to an industrial fan. - Let's put it this way, what if I could save your life? Let's say you haven't heart issue. Let's say you have diabetes. What about dementia? What about a senior citizen? To give them the peace of mind that at all times we know where they are, that we can look at all their biases. - That's a life alert, Patrick. We already did this.

The lady is falling and she can't get up. Push the button, somebody come get me. - But if that person's passed out they're not able to push that button. - While that may have been an excellent point, I wasn't fully convinced. This is the only chip I want my body, Patrick.

So good. - Just wait till you see what it can do. - What can it do? You can buy snacks with a scan of your hand.

Holy shit it works. Now I know this chip initially scared the hell out of me. Seeing it in action, it's a game changer. How do I get me one of these? - So basically we'll just clean it with this prep stick. And then what I'll do is when I'm ready I'll push it in, insert the chip itself, pull it out and then we'll put the cap back on and we're all done. - Give me one, give me one.

I was entering a new life where anything was possible. Like swiping right and left on men and real life. Having doors open for me, this was the future.

But according to tech journalist, Ian Sherr. I made a big mistake. - There's a lot of stuff we need to think about, where this is going and what could happen as a result of it. - Let me say how my life has changed since I've gotten this chip. I can get snacks with the wave of a hand.

I can start a car as soon as I buy a car. All of this is great, you can get on board, could being ahead of the playboy. - And that may be the case, but whenever you put a foreign object into your body, it can be dangerous.

- Not all objects. Look Ian, think about how much time I'm saving. In 20 years, I probably say five to eight minutes. - My point is that you have to actually take it out if you wanna take it out.

- I never thought about removing it. Would this be like 127 Hour situation? I mean, that's what you get for hiking by yourself James Franco. What is like the worst, worst case scenarios? - Well people could go to extreme lengths to get your information and you could get charged for stuff that you didn't intend to buy. This is hackable.

People could steal your information. You may not even know what it's being accessed or for what, people will be able to track you. People are crazy. Someone could cut your hand off to use your chip because it's implanted you can't get away from it.

- Oh my God. This is the worst episode of black mirror ever. And I started one with the pig. I mean, stealing other people's chips, you going to lose your hand and your car. Or worst of all, you think you're just dancing but you're buying items you put in your shopping cart when you were drunk. Maybe this would be the norm in the future and everyone will have a chip pan.

But right now I'm not ready to be tracked or hacked. I have to get rid of this thing. Give me strength Jesus.

(screaming) It hurts. Why does it hurt so bad? Maybe it's 'cause I stuck a knife in my hand. (indistinct) - So what exactly is the big deal about 5G? Because you might think it's just 4G but a little faster. But it's actually a lot faster.

So fast in fact that it could change the world. - [Man] The new world of 5G technology promises to transform our lives, connecting millions of devices and enabling everything from driverless cars to smart homes. - [Man] Up to 20 times faster than the 4G most of us use now, 5Gs lightning fast technology will accelerate and interconnect everything. - [Man] To download a two hour film on 3G would take about 26 hours. On 4G you'd be waiting six minutes and on 5G, you'll be ready to watch your film in just over three and 1/2 seconds.

- Damn, you could download an entire movie in three seconds. That's gonna be fast. I mean, we'll still spend 45 minutes trying to decide which movie to download but once we've decided, we'll need to go to bed 'cause we're tired but tomorrow three seconds, my friends. And 5G isn't just about download speeds, it's a game changer for everything. Like with 5G you can have cities where everything communicates.

Like doctors can perform surgeries from the other side of the world. Can you imagine a world where your videos never buffer, your calls never drop. That would be amazing. Except I guess now you could never fake a call dropping with 5G. 'Cause that excuse has gone. You'd be like, ah, ah, I'm losing, I'm losing, you're breaking up.

and be like, motherfucker you're not breaking up we got 5G. But like, yeah, yeah, you're right. Carry on grandma. Yes, my grandma Samuel L. Jackson. So, there's no denying the technology is great but why do China and the US care so much about who makes it? Well it's the same reason they care about anything.

The Benjamins, baby. - [Man] When the US won the 4G race earlier this decade it provided a nearly $100 billion boost to gross domestic product. And the stakes of the 5G race are even higher. If the us wins, it would create an estimated 3 million jobs and add approximately $500 billion to GDP. - That's right, if America wins the 5G race that could bring millions of jobs and $500 billion to the country's GDP, $500 billion. You know how hard it is to get $500 billion.

Like you'd have to marry and divorce Jeff Bezos five times. And I mean, after the fourth time, he'd probably catch on. He'd be like, I think you don't love me. "What me Jeff?" And the fights about 5G isn't just about money and downloading "Avengers" like that. No, it's also about power because if you control 5G you have access to everything people are doing online, which is everything. And right now the best 5G technology is made by a Chinese company called Huawei.

And because the Chinese company is Chinese, many governments don't trust how secure it's gonna be. - [Reporter] Huawei may be best known to most people for making phones but it's also a leading player in building the infrastructure for all our communications. Critics, fear that allowing it to build 5G could enable the Chinese state to spy on or even switch the flow of data we will all depend on. - Imagine that, if Huawei becomes the leading 5G provider in the world, then China can spy on everyone which is terrible 'cause that's what America wants to do.

Yeah, and I know you're judging well, if America wants to do it, then how do they judge it? It's not, that's not the point. You wanna do it first. It's like, when you cut someone off in traffic and then someone else cuts in front of you, you're like, "Hey, yeah, that was my move." But those are the stakes, job, money and power. And I'm not gonna try and bore you with all the technical details. But while America is developing its own 5G, China's 5G is so far ahead.

Like they're basically gonna set the trends. It's like how back in the day there used to be a fight between DVD and LaserDisc. And if you're wondering what the hell is LaserDisc. Exactly. Yeah. That's America's 5G. So this is a race, many people already saying America has lost.

Luckily, and I can't believe I'm saying this, America is lucky that you have a maniac on your team who is willing to play dirty. - [Reporter] President Trump has signed an executive order, banning us companies from using telecom equipment deemed to be a national security threat. And that's a direct shot of China and its tech giant Huawei. - [Man] The US clamped down on the company causes a major domino effect. The UK is biggest mobile network pulling far away from its 5G launch while three of Japan's mobile operators have stopped taking orders or delayed the Summer release of a new Huawei phone. - Donald Jay mother effing, Trump.

This guy could see America, wasn't gonna win. So he just got a crowbar and pull the Tonya Harding on China's 5G, just went straight there. The man might not know what 5G is, but he does know how to mess up other people's shit, just in there. (audience applauding) And I'm gonna be honest with you, I don't actually blame Donald Trump because I don't know how else America can win this race. Because even if America does manage to cripple Huawei in China, it's not like America will suddenly have great 5G. You won't just have 5G overnight.

Unless America just pretends that it does. - AT&T is putting a fake 5G logo on iPhones and iPads now. The company confirm into PC Magazine that the new icon is gonna show up when users download Apple's latest beta version of iOS 12.2,

but it's not really 5G, AT&T just changed the name for its 4G LTE advanced network to 5Ge. The E stands for evolution. - Okay, guys, that, that's really sad.

At&T is just gonna lie and put another stick. Like it's like you have a smart car and then you just tape Lamborghini on the side of it. Let's check it out, man. I'm driving a Lambo now, zero to 60 in four minutes flat. But seeing as it's a race that might be lost, AT&T might be onto something here because this is considered the new space race. So maybe America can win this race the same way it won the last one, just fake it, baby.

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2021-05-25 15:03

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