Ep. 030 – Pop Culture and Technology with Jeff Bakalar and Russ Frushtick


When it comes to money and personal finance, I like to think I know a thing or two. But when it comes to technology and gadgets, I turn to experts Jeff Bakalar and Russ Frushtick. Jeff and Russ host The 404 Show, a popular CNET podcast that focuses on pop-culture, tech, movies, comics, video games and more.

It’s a good arrangement: When Jeff and Russ have questions regarding their financial lives, they know who to call—and they really do, from time to time. When I need help purchasing a new phone or want to understand what lies ahead on the tech landscape, I return the favor.

The technology world changes so fast it’s almost impossible to keep up with it. Every month it seems, there’s some new announcement—a hot new app, a popular gadget, a hopeful tech IPO, a disruptive innovation—it’s never ending.

In this latest episode of “Better Off,” we touched on a variety of topics that we once thought we’d only see in a Hollywood movie:

Artificial intelligence (AI)
Virtual reality (VR)
Self-driving vehicles
UPS using drones to deliver packages
We also talked about current issues:

Uber versus the cab companies? Is the competition a good thing? Will it force the cab industry to reinvent itself?

Will buying an Amazon Echo cause me to become incredibly lazy? Call me old fashioned but I actually like turning on the lights myself.

I think I get points for being active on Twitter and Instagram…though I’m not sure you’ll see me wearing a virtual reality headset anytime soon. That said, give this episode a listen, especially if you’re wondering if you really need to upgrade your phone every year or two.

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