Is 5G safe? (The 3:59, Ep. 575)
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Is 5G safe? (The 3:59, Ep. 575)

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[MUSIC] Welcome to the 3:50, I'm a Roger Cheng. I'm Iyaz Akhtar. 5G promises to radically change our lives giving us a lightening fast connection and potentially powering everything around us. But there's always been a lingering concern about 5G and cellula signals in general. and it's really the concern about whether or not the surface is actually dangerous. After all, it uses the Higher frequency radio airwaves 5G particularly will require a lot more cell towers around you. That's making people really nervous, so we had our own Maggie [UNKNOWN] Break down this issue and, well, it's complicated. All this is radiation. Any heat that we give off It's considered radiation but cell signals including 5g don't fall into that spectrum of harmful radiation that would actually break down your cell. Something you'd find in an x-ray or a nuclear power plant. And so no studies found a direct link between cell phones and cancer Or just fertility or any other kinda health issues. But, there is a big but, is that the World Health Organization sorta left open the possibility that RF signals are carcinogenic. And critics say that there just haven't been enough adequate studies to prove that link. I mean, it's science. So you need a lot of studies. You need to have different variables taken out of the equation. You can't just be like okay, all we're going to do is you're gonna be Subject to 5g waves as opposed to Wi Fi, microwaves or any of those other items, or even other people who are radiating heat. So there's lots of different factors on this. So it's just flat out science. It's going to take a lot of time to figure this out. But a time it's figured out 6g will be here. Right. So I think that's the big problem. I think this is an issue we've had with cell phone service generals. We don't have a five you know, test this on by the time we do have the network, to get those adequate tests. We're already years into 5g exposure and everyone sort of moved on. Right? So Yeah, there really isn't, sorry to say there isn't a clear answer as to whether or not it's dangerous, we only know that it might be but maybe not. I'm leaning towards probably as dangerous as 4G, maybe not. Right, assuming 4G is dangerous, that's the thing. Right. No studies have really Conclusively linked for G to do anything and so I go to the World Health Organization has left that open calls it a potentially carcinogenic material but they also say coffee and pickled vegetables and they've also had burnt ends can cause. Yeah. [CROSSTALK] Because religion has all kinds of different things that can be related to. To cancer or at least be connected to it. Right, next up, YouTube may face fines from an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. According to the Washington Post, YouTube is already reconsidering changing big elements of the service including the algorithm that recommends which you watch next. It's part of this bigger debate and scrutiny over the how it manages its content whether What with the balance between you know freedom of speech verses potentially harmful content in this particular case is talking about the child this the couple of where it comes to collecting data from children under 13 without parental consent the FTC had an issue with tick tock tick tock did musically. And they actually settled for a fine of $5.7 million, Right. Which at the time was the largest fine that would be settled. If the FTC is looking into YouTube and they have to figure out some kind of settlement, assuming there's some kind of violation of this law. Yeah. This kind of settlement might be very, ver, very, very large. Yes. I mean 5.7 is a drop in the book for YouTube. Obviously Tick Tock is a smaller company. Much smaller. It's probably a bigger blow for them. But yeah, you can imagine this final would be a lot more significant again. Lastly, an MIT study says that it can use AI to figure out how pizza is made [INAUDIBLE] break down how this [INAUDIBLE] work. Yeah, it's using neural networks and what it does taking this giant collection of images Pizzas from Instagram. What this tool can do is it can deconstruct a piece from layer two layer two layer two layer so I can figure out the topping the cheese, the sauce and the way it was the actual crust was cooked. So that seems a little bit nuts and I was looking at you what other applications are in the study. They mention this could be good for salads, hamburgers->> [LAUGH] Sandwiches, but other applications outside of food would be digital fashion shopping assistants. Okay. So if you go hey what's that shirt under that blazer? What's that t-shirt you're wearing under that shirt? Scary, but also useful. Potentially. Potentially. All right for more of these stories, check us out on CNET, I'm Roger Chang. I'm Maya Zatar. Thanks for listening. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]

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