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

The technology world changes so fast it’s almost impossible to keep up with it. Jeff Bakalar and Russ Frushtick, hosts of "The 404 Show" visit "Better Off" to talk about technology.

Jill Schlesinger

By Jill Schlesinger, CFP®
  |  Published: July 27, 2017

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.

This article was originally published on Jill Schlesinger’s LinkedIn.

The opinions stated on the Better Off podcast are those of the host, Jill Schlesinger, and her guests, and not those of Betterment or its employees. Any third party links provided are offered as a matter of convenience and are not intended to imply that Betterment endorses, or is affiliated with the owners of or any information contained on those sites, unless expressly stated otherwise. Listen to a preview and subscribe to “Better Off” here.

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