Planet CNET gets drunk and angry: Tech Culture
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On this spin around the globe, our Planet CNET editors sip wine in Singapore, lambast Internet censorship in Australia, and admire the latest robot chick from Japan.
[ Sound effects ] ^M00:00:06 >> Kara: Welcome to Planet CNET, I'm Kara Tsuboi reporting from San Francisco. On this show we find out what kind of tech gets our CNET colleagues fired up in their home countries. In Singapore CNET's Damian Koh gets less fired up and more liquored up as he's so smartly combines work with pleasure. Oh, and by the way, watch for the scene where Damien clones himself. [sound effect] >> Damian: There's a new partner in town and his name is Enomatic, you don't have to [inaudible] nor will he [inaudible] advice, all you have to do is press all the right buttons. Enomatic is a wine robot and is very easy to use, you purchase a plastic cup, slide it in, press button, enjoy wine, simple. For a closer look at how our robot works we are here at a popular drinking spot to try it out. >> Well, Enomatic system is a great revolution to the wine industry and how we appreciate wines. And basically what it does is that it allows wines to be -- have extended shelf life from a normal 48 hours to 2 to 3 weeks, so what it does is that it allows us to be able to bring the most expensive wines to the masses for them to be able to taste by glass. Basically these numbers give you an idea of how much is charged; this is a 25 milliliter pour for $5.00, a 50 milliliter pour for $8.50, and 100 milliliter pour for $16.00. So, what you do is you are issued a proprietary card that you can purchase, you slide it in here, it gives you a residual value that gives you an access to most of the wines, you place the glass below, you press the [inaudible] for a 25 milliliter pour, the air will push out the very last drops to make sure you have the full 25 ML; this is Chateau [inaudible] normally retailed at $200, Enomatic makes it happen for you to taste a nice bottle of wine for $5.00. There are three main mechanisms, one is obviously controlled by the inner software system, the other is the [inaudible] gas tanks, and the other one is the mechanism within. Depending on the usage of the wines the [inaudible] depletes and the system will be able to do [inaudible] accordingly. When you choose a wine what happens is that when you remove you basically put water through, that [inaudible] gas will push the water through the spout, clean through the tunnel and then you would taste the new wines. So, it's very simple because what you do is you put the funnel into water, it sucks it in and it runs through the system. >> Damian: The beauty of Enomatic is that it allows you to enjoy a variety of wines without having to buy the whole bottle. And they're now a few [inaudible] spots in Singapore with the system in place. In the mean time, I'll have to sample the Enomatic up close just [inaudible] of the year. [sound effect] Until then I'm Damian Koh from Singapore, see you the next time. >> Kara: I can appreciate the no tipping part Damian but no more bartender advice, isn't that one of the biggest reasons why people even go to bars in the first place? Let's move on to Australia where according to Ella Morton it sounds like Big Brother is taking a holiday in the Southern Hemisphere. [sound effect] >> Ella: Hold on to your civil liberties folks because government mandated Internet censorship is right around the corner. The Australian government is determined to introduce compulsory Internet filtering in order to protect the nation's children from the evils that lurk on-line. If current plans go ahead any websites the government deems illegal or inappropriate will be blocked at an ISP level. Yup, [inaudible] will be forced to introduce filtering software that black lists anything the feds don't like. This level of content restriction is way, way harsher than anything we've seen before and they're several reasons why people are freaking out. [screaming] The first up, the filtering software is going to make the Internet slower, and by the way, Australian's broadband needs are already dismal, downloading a track from the iTunes Store takes approximately 6 years. Second, the filter has its limits, a large number of totally harmless websites are gonna get classified as obscene and anyone who's hell bent on finding evil stuff will find a way to get it. And third, what is with a bunch of politicians deciding what the entire population is allowed to see on-line. Our government doesn't have a great track record when it comes to the Net. Last year they spent $84,000,000 developing free Internet filtering software for concerned parents to download and install on their home PC's; this software was then cracked by a 16 year old boy within 30 minutes. [sound effect] Obviously, there is some truly abhorrent stuff on the Internet and it would be bad to allow your average 5 year old child to view it, but here's a cockamamie idea, maybe people could educate their kids about on-line safety and supervise their Internet usage instead of leaving them in a darkened room for 3 hours with only a laptop and WiFi for company, just a suggestion. If you want to follow the latest developments in Australia's Internet censorship fight, check out NoCleanFeed.com. I'm Ella Morton for Planet CNET. >> Kara: Oh, I agree, Rick Ashley [assumed spelling] should be banned from the Internet once and for all but the problem is I don't think that's the kind of smut you government is after. And finally, from CNET Japan it's Murata Girl, a unicycle riding robot, and you don't need to speak the language to know they're pretty fired up about it. ^M00:05:23 [ Speaking foreign language ] ^M00:05:30 >> Kara: Not only can she blush when she cycles but ultrasonic sensors in her electronic eye keep her from bumping into things, she can also change direction on her own and even balance herself with two gyro sensors. Now, Murata Manufacturing is the brand behind the bot and they plan on using her in TV adds and to promote science in schools. Oh, and by the way, she's got a boyfriend, Murata Boy who happens to ride a bike. That is all for this episode, thanks for watching Planet CNET, I'm Kara Tsuboi reporting from San Francisco, we'll see ya next time. ^M00:06:01 [ Music ]