Can Detroit do battle with Google and Apple? Will Microsoft ever win consumers back? And what happens if your kid pushes that Amazon Dash button 30 times in a row and it orders 30 boxes of dishwasher detergent?
Kara Swisher, Lauren Goode and special guest Steven Sinofsky, partner at Andreessen Horowitz, discuss all this and more in the latest episode of our new podcast, "Too Embarrassed to Ask."
Sinofsky pointed out that, coming out of CES 2016, the importance of software has never been clearer.
"If you go way back to the founding of Microsoft, Bill’s founding thesis was that the valuable business part of the equation was going to be software," he said. "It’s astounding to me as ‘the older guy’ how much software has become part of everything."
And yet, questions about meatspace — like "What does the city of the future look like?" and "Can I shoot down a drone?" — certainly aren’t going away. As Kara points out, making the car of the future is a lot easier said than done, no matter how sophisticated the code under the hood may be.
Listen to or download the episode in the player above, or click here to subscribe on iTunes; you can also find "Too Embarrassed to Ask" on TuneIn and Stitcher. Kara and Lauren will be back in this space next Friday to answer your burning tech questions, so send them to us! Tweet @Recode,@KaraSwisher and @LaurenGoode with the hashtag #AskRecode.
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This article originally appeared on Recode.net.