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Containing Ebola Like They Did in This Video Game10/22/14
Public health officials need to be able to predict how outbreaks like Ebola spread and grow. But that's not so easy. Mainly because it requires knowing how real people will react. Human behavior ain't so easy to plug into a computer model. But, then...
Space Dreams: Finding Meaning on Earth While Floating Above It
One woman mortgaged her home to buy a ticket to space. Another decided never to have children so she could accept an opportunity for space travel at a moment's notice, even a one way ticket.These two stories collide in this week's episode about women...
BONUS TRACK: How Twitter Has Changed Nonfiction
Fluffly and indulgent as they might be the tiny dispatches and status updates of social media are a narrative gold mine for writers. Nonfiction writing will never be the same again. This came up, oddly enough, when we had Nick Bilton of the New York...
Screens and Kids: Do Techies Have Different Rules than the Rest of Us?
In a world of screens, parents face some tough questions: To limit or not to limit? By how much and when? How different is Candy Crush from Codeacademy? And what is all the new tech doing to our children? In this episode, we dive into the conundrum...
Killer Robots + Ancient Rules of War = Trouble
Can replacing human soldiers with robot warriors save lives and make war more humane? We try to find out in this episode. But as we learn, the laws of war are not written in computer code. Modern warfare is not ready for killer robots that "decide"...
Backing Tracks: Why Live Music Won't Be Live For Long
Is your favorite band really playing live when you go see them?Not so much.This isn't about Milli Vanilli. It's about something artists love called backing tracks. From Jay-Z to Justin Timberlake to the indie band at the local bar, performers are...
The 'Bi-literate' Brain: The Key to Reading in a Sea of Screens
Paper or screen? There's a battle in your brain. The more you read on screens, the more your brain adapts to the "non-linear" kind of reading we do on computers and phones. Your eyes dart around, you stop half way through a paragraph to check a link...
The View from Inside the Glass Cube
Intimate, exhausting, stressful, and satisfying... working in the Apple Store is far from an ordinary retail job.Especially this week. WithApple-mania sweeping the tech world following the announcement of the new iPhone 6 and a slick new AppleWatch,...
Ana and Mia: How Eating Disorders Evolved Online
Pro Ana. My friend Mia. Thinspiration. If you know these terms, you are familiar with one of the dark corners of the internet where vulnerable people go to find support in making bad lifedecisions. These are pro-eating disorder communities that teach...
How to Be Smarter than Facebook
Habits are powerful. Tech companies know that. It's no accident wereach for ourphones150 times a dayand spend more timescrolling through Facebook than caring for our pets. "Our brain loves to latch on to rewards that arrive quickly and Facebook has...
Learning To Code and Losing My Mind (Reprise)
Coding is not for everybody. We admit it. But we should all take at least a peek under the hood of the computers and devices that power our lives. It's empowering. Starting at a screen full of cryptic code is daunting, confusing, and might just well...
What Emoji Did to One Couple's Healthy Relationship
Face it, Emoji is here to stay. Texting is visual, and images can enhance how we talk.But, will it also change the content of what we sayto each other? In this intimate episode, one couple banishes all written words from text messages for a month to...
The Way Colleges Teach Computer Science Hurts Women
Only 12 percent of computer science majors are women. That's appalling. It's a shame, a waste and many other nasty words. But it is not hopeless. Harvey Mudd College turned around its computer science gender problem with a concerted effort to quash...
Three Award-Winning Stories
Three award-winning stories packed into one episode. This week New Tech City is bringing you updates on three shortshowswe did in the past year that won NY Press Club awards. Story 1: Know Thy @Neighbor It’s not always so easy to make friends with...
Mining Your Voice for Hidden Feelings and Company Profits
There is a perfect tone of voice according to Dan Emodi. And he believes his technology can pinpoint it for you. This is thesecond of two episodes about technology that dissects our voices, pulls them apart, and analyzes them digitally to understand...
Dissecting Voices to Find the Hidden Call For Help
Amber Smith's voice is symptom of illness and an alarm for looming danger, even if she doesn't always hear it herself. Amberhas bipolar and her mood swings are a risk: high highs canlead to massive spending sprees and low lows have dipped into...
Digital Mail vs U.S. Postal Service
This plan went way beyondemail. The small startup Outboxhad done itshomework on the role mail plays in our lives, on the value people place on a letter and a catalog, and they imagined what mail could become.The plan to reinvent postal delivery for...
Mindy Kaling, Girly Girls, and the Future of Tech
The 'get girls interested in coding' pushis growingfrom techie pet project to mainstream movement. Now it has a celebrity spokesperson. A very girly spokeswoman to be precise. "For someone like me who does identify as traditionally girly, it’s a good...
The Flip Side of The Right to Be Forgotten
Our brains are wired to forget. The internet, not so much. That mismatch is a risk to our humanity. Now that the the European Court has ruled that there is a so-called 'right to be forgotten' online, Google must consider requests to remove some search...
The Bus of the Future Will Catch You
Matt George runs a new bus company that doesn't own buses. And he's making some big promises. We go on a hi-tech road trip to see if his company, Bridj, can really revolutionize mass transit.
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