Welcome to E-talk, a podcast series focused on all things technology and how it impacts our lives and the environment.
In the first episode, the hosts had the pleasure of speaking with Veronica Gonzales, the librarian and archivist for the Diaz-Ayala Latin American music collection at FIU. She specializes in obsolete media and she provided excellent insight into E-waste and where this sort of technology ends up.
Gonzales manages and curates the world’s best Cuban music collection, which has over 150,000 items and is valued at over $1 million, all donated by Cristobal Diaz-Ayala. Gonzales spoke about the importance of storing outdated formats and how having access to this tech can make us feel connected to our ancestry and understand how their life was at the time.
The discussion also covers how rapidly technology is changing, which is causing early obsolescence, such as the CD, which was very relevant just 15 years ago but is now considered nearly obsolete.