New Tech City
How to Be Smarter than Facebook08/27/14
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.
Your Posture May Change Your Math Skills
Can kids beat back fear of math by striking a power pose? We explore the process of actually putting a TED talk into practice, in this case, through an unlikely confidence-building video game for kids.
Self-Driving Cars and the Ethics of Your Robot World
Computer programmers are injecting machines with consciousnessand the power of thought. It's time we stop and ask, 'which thoughts?' In this episode we hear how robots can become self-aware and teach themselves new behaviors in the same way a baby...
Digital Addiction: How One Guy Triumphed After He Hit Bottom
David Joerg has a problem and he knows it. Until a few months ago his nights would go something like this: He'd put his daughters to bed. He'd wait for his wife to fall asleep at a reasonable hour. And then he'd submit to his craving. "I'd fire up the...
The 'Home of the Future' Makes Life Sweet and Neurotic
There's a neighborhood in Austin, Texas where the refrigerators tell stories. The roofs are paved in solar panels. There are more electric cars per capita here in the Muëller community than in any residential neighborhood in America. It's a kind of...
Sleep and Your Screens, Not Friends
This episode of the New Tech City podcast explores how technology has changed sleep through the ages, specifically through artificial light. Hear, historian Roger Ekirch and psychiatrist Thomas Wehr explain how they each discovered the natural...
How Businesses Are Rating YOU
Sure, you read Amazon reviews before you buy. Maybe you even take the time to rate those sneakers (“moderate arch support”) that you ordered from Zappos. But did you know a lot of companies are rating YOU? You probably have a few rankings and scores...
Yelp Reviews: The New Frontier of Free Speech
It's getting risky out there in the comment section. This week on New Tech City we bring you a cautionary tale of e-commerce, fine print, and the drastic measures some online retailers will take to protect their reputations, even at the expense of...
Hiring by Video Game
The traditional job interview is obsolete. That is, when compared to an all-knowing video game that peers into the psyche of every candidate. Some companies are adding specially-designed video games to their hiring processes. When a job applicant...
Inside Google X, The New Bell Labs
For the first time ever, Google has let a journalist into the secretive Google X labs where an eccentric team of big thinkers is hatching plans for the technology of tomorrow. We're talking about hoverboards, a space elevator and floating Wi-Fi hot...
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