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Google promises to "do no evil," but now Google is everywhere. On this archived edition of To the Point, is Google Glass going too far? Can the real world compete with computer data right in front of our eyes?  Are there limits to the personal relationship between human beings and digital technology?  Also, has the BP Oil settlement made the company an "open cash register"? On Today's Talking Point, why doesn't Hollywood make "good" movies any more.

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Making News Has the BP Oil Settlement Made the Company an 'Open Cash Register?' 7 MIN, 28 SEC

The Gulf Oil Spill of 2010 was a disaster for many people in Louisiana, Mississippi, parts of Florida and other states. It was a disaster for the British oil giant BP, not just financially, but in terms of public relations. So, BP set up a fund to help compensate victims, but now BP may be a victim, too. Paul Barrett, assistant managing editor of BusinessWeek has written an article under the headline, "How BP Got Screwed on Gulf Oil Spill Claims."

Paul Barrett, New York University (@AuthorPMBarrett)

Main Topic Google Glass and the Digital World 30 MIN, 7 SEC

Many millions of people depend on Google to search, collect and organize data, for email and smart phones…and Google's found ways to turn all that information into billions of dollars. But Google has already demonstrated that what it gives it can take away. Now comes a new advance in personalized technology. Select people -- including one of today's guests -- are testing out Google Glass. Glance up and there's computer data in front of your eye. Ask a question, get an answer: Where's the bank or the restaurant?  How does this price compare?  Well and good, if you don't run into a door. But who am I talking to? That raises more questions than answers about privacy, social interaction and the influence of digital networks on daily life. Is Google Glass a step toward brain implants and computer control?  Is Google losing its cool?

Liz Gannes, Re/code (@lizgannes)
Gary Shteyngart, novelist (@Shteyngart)
Andrew Leonard, Salon.com (@koxinga21)
Justin Brookman, Center for Democracy and Technology (@JustinBrookman)

Super Sad True Love Story

Gary Shteyngart

Today's Talking Point The New Abnormal Movie Business in Hollywood 12 MIN, 50 SEC

book.jpgSince leaving the New York Times, Linda Obst wrote the novel, Hello, He Lied. Then she turned to producing produced more than 16 feature films, including How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, The Fisher King, The Seige and One Fine Day. Her latest book is Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business. We ask her why it's so hard to make what she considers a "good" film any more.

Lynda Obst, film producer and author (@LyndaObst)


Warren Olney

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