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Somewhat Frank is a podcast hosted by Frank Gruber about technology innovations, startups, and personal life – while also giving you a slice of what’s going on inside the brain of CEO, entrepreneur, author, journalist, personality, and early-stage startup investor, Frank Gruber. It’s produced with the help of his new company Established.

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Somewhat Frank is a podcast hosted by Frank Gruber about technology innovations, startups, and personal life – while also giving you a slice of what’s going on inside the brain of CEO, entrepreneur, author, journalist, personality, and early-stage startup investor, Frank Gruber. It’s produced with the help of his new company Established.

    #0050 - Apple Vision Pro, the GRAMMY Awards, Enhanced Games, Disney’s Holotile, and More

    #0050 - Apple Vision Pro, the GRAMMY Awards, Enhanced Games, Disney’s Holotile, and More

    On this episode of the Somewhat Frank Podcast, Frank Gruber (@FrankGruber), John Guidos (@JohnGuidos), and Jen Consalvo (@Noreaster) dive headfirst into the future of technology and societal trends, starting with our hands-on experience with the newly launched Apple Vision Pro. This cutting-edge headset, resembling a MacBook Pro for your face, promises an immersive experience unlike any other. We discuss its coolest features, from the ability to project multiple screens to its clear view of the surrounding environment, and weigh these against its less appealing aspects, such as its public perception and hefty price tag.
     
    We also chat again about the Established House, which is scheduled to take place on March 10, 2024 in Austin, TX. It will be a networking and collaboration space for startups, investors, and entrepreneur support organizations. For more details, you can visit the official website: https://house.established.us 
     
    But that's not all – we also bring you the latest from the GRAMMY Awards. Our reading list is just as intriguing, featuring discussions on the Enhanced Games concept, where performance-enhancing drugs are not just allowed but celebrated, and the pivotal role Toby Keith played in launching Taylor Swift’s career. Plus, we explore the rise of the Introvert Economy in post-pandemic America, a shift that's reshaping our social landscape and economic activities.
     
    And for our tech enthusiasts, we delve into Disney’s VR Treadmill Holotile, a project by Lanny Smoot, Disney's most prolific inventor. This innovation could revolutionize virtual reality, offering a level of immersion previously unattainable.
     
    As always, thank you for listening and feel free to reach out and let us know what you think at: somewhatfrank@est.us
     
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    #0049 - Groundhog Day, Neuralink, the Super Bowl 58, AI Taylor Swift Deepfakes, and More

    #0049 - Groundhog Day, Neuralink, the Super Bowl 58, AI Taylor Swift Deepfakes, and More

    On this episode of the Somewhat Frank Podcast, Frank Gruber (@FrankGruber), John Guidos (@JohnGuidos), and Jen Consalvo (@Noreaster) dive into an exciting mix of celebrations, upcoming events, and groundbreaking discoveries that are shaping our world.
     
    We kick things off with a cheerful update: Groundhog Day brought us delightful news as the groundhog didn't see its shadow, heralding an early spring! Sunshine, flowers, and celebrations are just around the corner. Catch the full excitement of this cherished holiday on our live stream recap here.
     
    As we bask in the post-Groundhog Day glow, the anticipation builds for the Grammy Awards happening this Sunday night at 8 pm EST. We're thrilled to see performances by Luke Combs and Tracy Chapman, and we're especially rooting for Noah Kahan, nominated for Best New Artist with his hit, "Stick Season." The Established team is all buzzed up about this one, and we've got our eyes peeled on the predictions here.
     
    But that's not all on the horizon. We're also gearing up for the America’s Seed Fund Road Tours starting soon in Orlando and San Juan, Puerto Rico (https://www.americasseedfund.us/road-tour), and the excitement around SXSW. Join us as we host a day of events for innovators and startups at the Established House on March 10th, 2024. More details here.
     
    Switching gears to a mystery that's potentially solved – the lost aircraft of Amelia Earhart might have been found in a $11 million effort by a private individual. Earhart, a fellow Purdue Boilermaker, planned much of her journey from the campus airport, and this discovery could be a historic find. Dive into the story here and here.
     
    In the realm of technology and health, the first human has received a Neuralink brain implant, potentially revolutionizing the way we interact with technology and treat neurological conditions. The future of AI is also making waves in the smartphone industry, with Google, Samsung, and soon Apple, introducing generative AI capabilities that promise to transform our digital experiences.
     
    Meanwhile, the digital world grapples with the ethics of AI, as explicit AI-generated images of Taylor Swift raise concerns about non-consensual content, spotlighting the urgent need for regulation.
     
    Elon Musk's new AI venture is another hot topic, with reports suggesting he's aiming to raise as much as $6B for his startup, reflecting the immense potential and costs associated with developing generative AI.
     
    Looking ahead to the Super Bowl, we preview what's expected to be the most expensive tickets ever for the game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs in Las Vegas. Plus, we discuss Taylor Swift's logistical race against time to perform after her Tokyo concert, and we give you a sneak peek at this year's Super Bowl commercials. Check out the story here.
     
    We wrap up with some personal updates, including the sleek Ridge Wallet and an intriguing way to explore global radio stations with Radio Garden. Plus, a shout out to "Suits," the most streamed show of 2023.
     
    As always, thank you for listening and feel free to reach out and let us know what you think at: somewhatfrank@est.us
     
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    #0048 - Turning Towards Sleep, Supersonic Jets, Stanley Cups, and More

    #0048 - Turning Towards Sleep, Supersonic Jets, Stanley Cups, and More

    On this episode of the Somewhat Frank Podcast, Frank Gruber (@FrankGruber), John Guidos (@JohnGuidos), and Jen Consalvo (@Noreaster) talk about Jen’s fantastic birthday celebration, and we're thrilled to share it with you. Special guest, Kara Comparetto, played live piano at the party, and you won't want to miss her incredible talent. Check out her live piano shows on her YouTube channel and her albums on platforms like Apple Music: https://www.youtube.com/@KaraComparetto
     
    We dive into a crucial topic—sleep! Did you know that the average American gets less than 7 hours of sleep per night? We discuss why sleep is essential for your brain's well-being and share some basic sleep hygiene tips. Read more here: https://www.axios.com/2024/01/18/sleep-tips-expert-hours# 
     
    The Key to Relationship Success - https://fortune.com/well/article/predict-divorce-communication-style-gottman-institute/ 
    Researchers have discovered a communication error that can predict divorce with a staggering 94% accuracy. We explore how couples can turn towards each other and improve their relationships.
     
    FDA Approves DermaSensor - https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/us-fda-clears-dermasensors-ai-powered-skin-cancer-detecting-device-2024-01-17/ 
    Host: In tech news, the FDA has approved the DermaSensor, an AI-powered skin cancer detection device. Learn how this innovative device can assist primary care physicians in identifying skin cancer with impressive accuracy.
     
    The Future of Supersonic Travel - https://techcrunch.com/2024/01/12/x-59-quiet-supersonic-jet-from-nasa-and-lockheed-finally-rolls-out/ 
    We delve into the world of supersonic travel, discussing NASA and Lockheed Martin's experimental X-59 aircraft, aiming to reduce sonic booms. We also touch on Boom, a company working on passenger supersonic jets.
     
    US Tech Investment Landscape - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-12-07/san-francisco-bay-area-nyc-boston-dominate-vc-investment-in-us?srnd=undefined&sref=OUxLpfXr 
    Discover where tech investment is booming in the US, with surprising statistics on venture capital growth across different regions.
     
    Humanoid Robots at BMW - https://www.axios.com/2024/01/23/humanoid-robots-bmw-automotive-manufacturing-figure
    Humanoid robots are making their way into BMW's manufacturing plants. We discuss Figure, the California company behind these robots, and their role in the automotive industry.
     
    Stanley Cups Craze - https://www.cnbc.com/2023/12/23/how-a-40-ounce-cup-turned-stanley-into-a-750-million-a-year-business.html 
    Stanley Cups are more popular than ever! We explore how a simple 40-ounce cup has turned into a $750 million per year business.
     
    Apple Vision Pro - https://youtu.be/Vb0dG-2huJE?si=2nP6KYQBOpuh48UV
     
    We round off with a glimpse into the future of tech with the Apple Vision Pro headset and its potential for spatial computing.
     
    What We're Watching and Texting Woes - hulu.com/series/death-and-other-details-1493a676-9e14-4e6a-ace8-914b39269f56
    And before we go, our hosts share what they're currently watching, including Hulu's 

    "Death and Other Details." Plus, we discuss the evolution of texting into an email-like form of communication and the idea of adding a "send later" feature to iMessage.
     
    As always, thank you for listening and feel free to reach out and let us know what you think at: somewhatfrank@est.us

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    • 42 min
    #0047 - Tech Talk and Winter Wonders: CES 2024 Recap

    #0047 - Tech Talk and Winter Wonders: CES 2024 Recap

    On this episode of the Somewhat Frank Podcast, Frank Gruber (@FrankGruber), John Guidos (@JohnGuidos), and Jen Consalvo (@Noreaster) talk about winter being in full swing across most of the country, with frigid temperatures causing chaos. We dive into the Midwest's cold snap and the challenges faced by Tesla and electric vehicle owners in this bitter weather (https://www.cbsnews.com/chicago/news/tesla-owners-run-into-trouble-amid-bitter-cold/).
     
    In New England, unprecedented storms and coastal flooding left a mark. But amidst the destruction, a shipwreck resurfaced in Bar Harbor, offering a glimmer of intrigue (https://www.cnn.com/travel/shipwreck-schooner-tay-acadia-maine?cid=ios_app). Meanwhile, we share our experiences from Las Vegas, where even the desert wasn't spared from the cold.
     
    Join us as we take you through our CES 2024 adventure, where we rubbed shoulders with 150,000 tech enthusiasts. From AI-powered everything to flying cars, self-docking boats to inflatable gardens, we explore the remarkable trends that stole the show (https://www.ces.tech/innovation-awards/honorees/2024/best-of/a/airfarm.aspx). Discover the breakthrough in wearable tech with "Healing Pants," and the game-changers like autonomous mowers, electric cars, and more that are shaping the future.
     
    We also highlight the CTA Foundation Pitch Competition winners, Augmental and Proxie, who showcased inclusive tech and caregiving support. Plus, take a break with a fun personality test (https://www.16personalities.com) and celebrate the Michigan Wolverines' national championship victory, which was also a win for us in Vegas!
     
    As always, thank you for listening and feel free to reach out and let us know what you think at: somewhatfrank@est.us
     
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    • 42 min
    #0046 - Steamboat Willie! Exploring the Future and Reflecting on the Past

    #0046 - Steamboat Willie! Exploring the Future and Reflecting on the Past

    Welcome back to the Somewhat Frank Podcast! In this episode, Frank Gruber (@FrankGruber), John Guidos (@JohnGuidos), and Jen Consalvo (@Noreaster) talk about the following topics:
     
    Gaming Triumphs and Historical Trivia
    Dive into the fascinating world of Tetris. Hear about Willis Gibson, a 13-year-old from Oklahoma, who made history by defeating this iconic game. Discover the intriguing Soviet origins of Tetris and a must-watch film on Apple TV (Tetris Film).
     
    Intellectual Property and Its Creative Freedoms
    Mickey Mouse enters the public domain after 95 years. We discuss what this means for creators and the fine line between copyright and trademark. Don't miss the discussion on the new "Steamboat Willie" horror movie and the Winnie The Pooh-themed "Blood and Honey."
     
    Future of Transportation: Electrifying Roads
    Detroit's Corktown neighborhood introduces roads that charge vehicles wirelessly, a glimpse into the future of automotive technology.
     
    AI and Copyright: A Legal Battleground
    The New York Times' lawsuit against AI creators like OpenAI sets a precedent in the world of automated content and copyright law.
     
    Technology and the Human Mind: DeepSouth Supercomputer
    Learn about DeepSouth, the supercomputer that simulates the human brain, marking a breakthrough in neuroscience and computing.
     
    Innovations in Energy: The Sodium-Based Battery
    JAC Motors is set to release an electric vehicle with a sodium-ion battery, heralding a new era in eco-friendly and efficient energy storage.
     
    Health and Harmony: The Power of Sound Resonance Therapy
    Explore how music and sound frequencies can significantly improve mental and physical health, with insights from Psychology Today.
     
    Sports QuickHits:
    Snoop Dogg's unique reporting style at the 2024 Paris Olympics, the climax of the NFL season, College Football Playoffs, and Shohei Ohtani's record-breaking move to the Dodgers.
     
    Friendly Shoutouts:
    Reminiscing on holiday classics and celebrating Willie Nelson's 90th Birthday with a special vinyl edition (https://amzn.to/3TKXyA9).
     
    Testing 1, 2, 3: Gadget Reviews
    A look at Wildgame Innovation’s Terra Cell Trail Camera (Product link), RYOBI's Snow Blower for the winter, and the Chef iQ Smart Thermometer (Find it here).
     
    Join us for this riveting journey through technological advancements, legal landscapes, and the ever-evolving world of entertainment. Tune in, and let's start the year with curiosity and enthusiasm!
     
    As always, thank you for listening and feel free to reach out and let us know what you think at: somewhatfrank@est.us
     
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    • 39 min
    #0045 - Grateful Discoveries: Navigating Truth, Innovation, and More

    #0045 - Grateful Discoveries: Navigating Truth, Innovation, and More

    Welcome back to the Somewhat Frank Podcast! In this episode, Frank Gruber (@FrankGruber), John Guidos (@JohnGuidos), and Jen Consalvo (@Noreaster) explore a range of fascinating topics and events, from innovation summits to the changing landscape of social media, and even some exciting product recommendations. Join us on this journey of discovery as we navigate through these diverse subjects.
     
    We kick off the episode by discussing the Innovation Ecosystem Summit, set to take place on December 13-14. Link to event. We also chat about the upcoming AFWERX virtual event titled “Wargaming & AI'' which is set to take place on December 12th (link to event) and the CTA Foundation Pitch Competition that will take place at the Consumer Technology Association Foundation on January 10th. Link to event.
     
    The Future of Truth in the Age of AI and Social Media
    In an era where truth can sometimes feel elusive we share our thoughts on the importance of reliable information sources and their concerns about the evolving landscape of truth.
     
    Is social media a brainwashing machine? 
    We delve into this question in light of recent events on TikTok, where a surprising connection to Osama Bin Laden emerged. Links to articles. We explore how viral moments can be based on historical events and their impact on public perception.
     
    We also consider the changing social media landscape and the declining usage of platforms by millennials, as outlined in this Wired article.
     
    Reading: 
     
    Surge in Homeschooling Post-Pandemic
    Homeschooling rates in the U.S. have seen a significant surge post-pandemic, with certain states experiencing remarkable increases. We discuss the implications for public school enrollment and the demographic shifts, especially the increase in homeschooling among Black families. (Read more)
     
    Sports QuickHits: MLB News and NBA Mid-Season Tourney
    Sports enthusiasts won't want to miss our quick hits on the latest MLB developments, including the introduction of the Vegas Athletics. (Read more) We also touch upon the possibility of the Chicago White Sox relocating to Nashville and the upcoming NBA Midseason Tournament Finals.
     
    Friendly Shoutouts: 
    Kiki World Marketplace - We give a warm shoutout to Alex Abelin, co-founder of Kiki Milk, on the launch of the Kiki World Marketplace. This marketplace aligns with Kiki Milk's mission to help individuals navigate illness, allergies, and overall health. (Link to Kiki World Marketplace)
     
    Entertainment Recommendations: 
    Jen introduces the captivating "Humans Decoded Podcast," which delves into the realms of fairies, elves, hobbits, gnomes, dwarfs, and humans. (Listen here)
     
    Meanwhile, we chat about two engaging entertainment options: the series "Suits" on Netflix and the new Season 5 of "Fargo" on FX and Hulu.
     
    Testing 1, 2, 3 - Product Reviews:
    We put some products to the test, starting with BioLift, a beverage containing ingredients like Guarana, Ginkgo Biloba, Elderberry, and Carob, aimed at boosting energy and well-being. (Learn more)
     
    John shares his excitement about the Ninja® CREAMi® Deluxe 11-in-1 Ice Cream and Frozen Treat Maker, an innovative kitchen appliance perfect for creating a wide variety of frozen treats. (Check it out)
     
    Final Thought: Tesla's CyberTruck Takes Center Stage
    We conclude the episode with a fascinating insight into Tesla's CyberTruck, which is finally hitting the streets. We reminisce about the anticipation that began in 2019 and share some incredible videos showcasing the vehicle's durability and strength.
     
    As we wrap up, we wish you all a fantastic Holiday season and encourage you to check out our podcast for more exciting updates and discussions. Thanks for tuning in!
     
    As always, thank you for listening and feel free to reach out and let us know what you think at: somewhatfrank@est.us
     
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