Techathlon podcast: Body hacks, tech trivia, and smart fridge spies

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It’s fun to imagine what life would be like if humans decided to use tech exclusively for good. We wouldn’t have to remember insane passwords to try and keep bad guys out of our accounts, and we could yell belligerently in our own homes without fear that someone might be listening to the connected microphones that are—for some reason—now built into our toaster ovens.

Unfortunately, that's not the case, and if there's even the slightest opportunity for humans to exploit the system or one another, they will jump at it. Last week, we got a few reminders about the possible dangers of surrounding ourselves with connected devices. Hackers showed how easy it is to break into a voting machine, and we found out that most of the computers we use every day have a vulnerability issue baked right in—like a sneaky walnut hiding inside of a brownie, just waiting to surprise us and ruin our day.

And while all of these security issues aren't great news, they do make for some pretty great podcast banter. So, fire up your device, sit back, and listen to this week's show. You can listen in the player above, subscribe on iTunes, add us on Stitcher, join us on Anchor, and even check us out on Spotify if you can manage to pry yourself away from your Lizzo playlist for a half hour or so.

Here’s a look at what you can expect from this week’s show.

Techathlon Decathlon

Producer Jason breaks down the week’s biggest tech stories into 10 challenging trivia questions and lets the humble contestants battle it out in a winner-take-all slugfest. This week, perennial champ, Rob is away and we’re joined by Sandra Gutierrez from the PopSci DIY team.

Real or fake: Smart gadget hacks

Stories about hackers breaking into microwaves and smartpens can sound too absurd for reality. In this game, the contestants try to decipher which news stories about compromised smart gadgets are real and which ones are total lies. It's like that show with the bearded guy from Star Trek, only not quite as dramatic.

Battle Royale: What kind of cyborg do you want to be?

Recently, a Tesla Model 3 owner got the key card chip required to start the car implanted in their arm. Reactions online have been predictably negative, but this kind of augmentation is only getting more popular. In this segment, each host chooses a body hack that could actually improve these fleshy meat vehicles we call bodies. And each hack is based on real research, so no one gets to play the "I want to be Inspector Gadget," card.