PETER SAGAL, HOST:
Right now, panel, it is time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Tom, the ocean is an amazing place filled with natural wonders. And thanks to a group of researchers, it might soon have what?
TOM PAPA: It might soon have coral again.
SAGAL: No. That would be nice. Can't give you coral back, but they can give you this. I'll give you a hint. If it stops working, just unplug the ocean and plug it back in.
PAPA: The Internet.
SAGAL: The Internet connected in what way?
PAPA: (Laughter) Connected through Wi-Fi.
SAGAL: Exactly. The ocean...
PAPA: Thank you, Peter.
SAGAL: ...Will have Wi-Fi.
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SAGAL: Researchers this week demonstrated the first-ever underwater Wi-Fi system. This is great because before this, you have to swim with a really, really long Ethernet cable.
ROXANNE ROBERTS: This actually goes through the water itself? It's not...
SAGAL: Yes, it goes through the water because it uses light beams and other methods that transmit through water in a way that...
JOEL KIM BOOSTER: That's so cool.
ROBERTS: That actually sounds very cool.
BOOSTER: I can't wait to Instagram my drowning. That sounds...
BOOSTER: ...So exciting.
SAGAL: It's very strange to think about how having Wi-Fi will change life underwater. For example, finding Nemo will be easy. You just Google his address.
SAGAL: And Ariel would be able to just buy a pair of legs on eBay.
PAPA: If the ocean promised me full Wi-Fi bars all the time, I would move to the ocean. I would leave land.
SAGAL: Are you sure? Are you sure? Because really, in the ocean, think of all the fishing scams.
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