NPR Technology Podcast
Hope Or Hype: The Revolution In Africa Will Be...08/03/15
Young entrepreneurs in Africa say that they're leading a tech movement from the ground up. They think technology can solve social ills. But critics wonder if digital fixes can make a dent.
Author: Tech Firms' Rhetoric Outpaces The Actual Good They...
Author Kentaro Toyama says despite tech firms' good intentions, using technology to solve social problems falls short. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Toyama about his new book.
HitchBOT: When Bad Things Happen To Good Robots
HitchBOT, the robot that hitchhiked across Canada and Europe, was found vandalized beyond repair in Philadelphia on Saturday. Its makers hope people remember "all the joy" it brought.
Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top...
The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.
Letting Go Of The Wheel: How Google Is Easing People Into...
Google has begun testing a new self-driving car this summer that is designed to work without a steering wheel. But as the Planet Money team reports, the company's biggest challenge may be convincing Americans to hop inside.
What's A Better Way To Detect Cancer?
We often discover cancer after it's too late to treat. Jorge Soto is in the process of creating a simple, fast and cheap method for early cancer detection and all it takes is a few drops of blood.
In Michigan, A Testing Ground For A Future Of Driverless...
Automakers and researchers are using a 32-acre fake city at the University of Michigan to simulate a real-world environment for autonomous vehicles. How will such cars affect urban planning?
Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing...
Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.
Oculus Uses 'Henry' Premiere To Wet Appetites For Its...
The virtual reality company Oculus is close to releasing a headset for games, movies and other entertainment. The company premiered an animated short called Henry that will come with the headsets.
Microsoft Launches Windows 10 Free Of Charge
The release of Microsoft's Windows 10 could have a big impact on the computer industry. It is giving away the update for free and relying more on sales of apps, games and web services for revenue.
Twitter Faces Challenges As It tries To Balance...
The social network Twitter is popular with users, but that's not enough. It also needs to be profitable, and by its 140-character nature that's a challenge.
Researchers Warn Against 'Autonomous Weapons' Arms Race
Already, researcher Stuart Russell says, sentry robots in South Korea "can spot and track a human being for a distance of two miles – and can very accurately kill that person."
University Of Lisbon Scientists Solve Pendulum Clock...
Two professors at the University of Lisbon say they have discovered why the pendulums of clocks set on the same surface will eventually swing together in opposing directions.
Tech Experts Warn Of Artifical Intelligence Arms Race In...
More than 1,000 tech experts, scientists and researchers have signed on to a letter warning about the dangers of autonomous weapons. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Stuart Russell, an artificial intelligence researcher and the force behind the open...
Automakers Still Trying To Get Infotainment Systems Right
Carmakers want desperately to provide drivers with more entertainment and information, while motorists keep their eyes on the road. Advances in voice recognition could help them do so.
Tired Of The Big City? Consider Telecommuting From Montana
Greg Gianforte, a successful high-tech entrepreneur, is recruiting — not for his company, but for telecommuters to move to rural Montana and bring their high-paying jobs with them.
Narcissistic, Maybe. But Is There More To The Art Of The...
Some say selfies are a mark of our narcissistic culture. But what about a little photoshopping? Is this further evidence of our vanity — or a platform for our personal brand and self-expression?
Major Flaw In Android Phones Would Let Hackers In With...
A severe flaw in Android, the world's most popular smartphone operating system, would let hackers take over with just a text message.
More Than A Pipeline Problem: In Search Of Diversity In...
As the big tech firms grapple with a lack of diversity, three women of color who work in the industry talk about the challenges of expanding staff demographics.
Fossils Of Technology: 'The Imitation Archive' Turns...
The project uses audio recordings of old computers at Bletchley Park, home of Britain's decoding effort during World War II, in a series of musical compositions.
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