covid19

Johnny Jet ... Aloha

Johnny Jet

Episode 1729

Johnny Jet is heading back to Hawaii after the state set a reopening date of October 15th. So far, it's only Oahu and you need to be tested within 72 hours of travel, and it's only through CVS or Kaiser Permanente. If you don't have a test, you will have to either turn around and go home or quarantine for five days. New York has also reopened to six states, including California.

American has transcontinental deals from California to New York for as low as 12,000 miles per seat. 

Johnny Jet ... Opened Back Up

Johnny Jet

Episode 1709

Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about how passengers need to wake up and wear a mask while they are traveling. Airlines are also starting to test passengers before they load the plane, but still, people are getting infected while traveling. Most Airlines are not selling middle seats and are requiring masks to board the plane. Johnny says the TSA is also now allowing up to 12 oz of hand sanitizer and wipes.  Passengers will also need to separate out their foot in a clear plastic container. 

Sam Abuelsamid ... an unsure autonomous future

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1690

Sam says that in light of the pandemic, ride-sharing has dropped to nothing, and the feeling is that a lot of people aren't likely to return to it, or public transit. We may see a shift back to personal use vehicles. This is a serious challenge for not only ride-sharing companies that would require sanitizing after every ride, to autonomous cabs. It's also moving autonomous vehicle developers to move towards goods delivery, not ride-sharing. So the future of driverless vehicles may be the transport of goods, not people. 

Apple and Google develop location based app for tracking CoVid19 Exposure

Apple & Google

Episode 1690

Thanks to a new feature in both iOS and Android, if you encounter someone who has been exposed to COVID-19, the phone will be able to alert you based on the person's location data, and that of others they have encountered. And if you're sick, it will enable medical professionals to track the path of infection through phone location data. It's called "contact tracing." The new feature has met with protest though, because Apple won't give governments all the information. It will also be a voluntary download.

Using Zoom has multiple security and privacy issues

Zoom

Episode 1684

While Zoom is helpful in keeping people connected during the Covid19 isolation, it also has huge privacy issues. Firstly, Zoom installed a web server on the background of Apple computers that would stay even if you uninstalled the software. Apple has fixed that, but Zoom was very slow to respond. There are also security issues with "Zoom bombing" where trolls are crashing meetings and posting offensive material.

Governments Using Smartphone Location Data to Enforce Social Distancing

Smartphone Location Tracking

Episode 1684

Countries are using cellphone location data to not only enforce mandatory social distancing but also to see who patients have been in contact with the virus, to find out how that patient was infected. Other countries are using facial recognition to punish those in defiance of the orders and gathering together.

So while technology can be used for the greater good, namely trying to stem the tide of the Coronavirus outbreak, it can also be used as a dreadful tool for the surveillance state.