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Crave Podcast 104: Airport scanners will read your mind

We're experimenting with a threesome this week as Rory, Nate and Rich discuss mind-reading airport scanners, the Google phone and the most significant moments in Web history

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Another week has passed, so it's only right we bring you another podcast summarising the last seven days' techtivities. It's no ordinary show, though. Instead of our customary four-person squad, we're experimenting with a threesome, consisting of Rory Reid, Nate Lanxon and Rich "I'm too hungover to speak" Trenholm. Kinky.

Our lead story this week is the potential deployment of a new airport scanner that can 'read your mind'. Okay, so 'mind' is a bit of a stretch, but it can analyse your vital signs and guess whether you're harbouring ill thoughts towards fellow passengers. Scary stuff.

We then discuss an enlightening BBC interview with Vint Cerf, Internet pioneer and vice president of Google, who shared some extremely interesting hypotheses about future technologies. We were particularly smitten by the idea of a fridge you can text to find out what food's inside it. In theory, it would then text you an answer, along with ideas for recipes.

We also talk about the BBC Box, a shipping container being tracked by GPS for a year in order to explain globalisation; how the government is spending £300m to give poor kids free broadband; how Web users are still failing to spot fake pop-ups; and why the Church is apologising to Charles Darwin for dissing his theory of evolution.

Next up is what we've been craving this week, including the new Google Phone -- aka the T-Mobile G1, the LG Flatron M2294D monitor-slash-television, and we tell you about Fujifilm's FinePix Real 3D System, which takes 3D photographs.

Web junkies will be pleased to hear a section dedicated to our latest Crave feature: the 50 most significant moments of Internet history. Here we talk you through everything from ARPANET to the Viacom DMCA fail and back again in a catalogue of happenings that defined the very Interwebs.

Our 'WTF' grand finale is about a Japanese company unveiling a wearable airbag designed to stop elderly people injuring themselves when they fall over. Rich could do with one of thse to reduce the number of unexplained injuries he has after a night out.

Listen to the show via iTunes, or right-click this link to download the MP3. When you're done listening, go and chat about it in the Crave Podcast Lounge. -Rory Reid

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