Podcast #9 - How capitalism poisons innovation

Capitalism, big tech, innovation: how does it all fit together? Does competition help us build better technology, or is a source of waste and redundancy? How does the government fit in? We talk about all these things and more in our latest episode!

FDA's sodium reduction guidance: not enough

The U.S. FDA recently issued guidance on recommended sodium reduction for food manufacturers, stopping short of actually making it a requirement — yet another example of the U.S. government bending over to business at the cost of hundreds of thousands of American lives each year.

Hiding Prices is dishonest

When companies hide their prices, it's clear all they care about is the sale, not the product or the consumer, and this should immediately turn you away from them.

Pushy, annoying software

A discussion about invasive technology, in particular Google Drive forcibly installing itself without my consent and using custom notifications that deliberately avoid the Windows notification API so they ignore system settings.

Capitalism: where manipulating people to make purchases is normal and acceptable

We live in a world where no one bats an eye at the fact that companies manipulate people into spending money, often in subtle ways. Why does this happen, and can we break free of this way of doing things?