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Marketplace Tech with Molly Wood

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Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood helps listeners understand the business behind the technology that's rewiring our lives. From how tech is changing the nature of work to the unknowns of venture capital to the economics of outer space, this weekday show breaks ideas, telling the stories of modern life through our digital economy. Marketplace Tech is part of the Marketplace portfolio of public radio programs broadcasting nationwide, which additionally includes Marketplace, Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Weekend. Listen every weekday on-air or online anytime at marketplace.org. From American Public Media. Twitter: @MarketplaceTech

Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood helps listeners understand the business behind the technology that's rewiring our lives. From how tech is changing the nature of work to the unknowns of venture capital to the economics of outer space, this weekday show breaks ideas, telling the stories of modern life through our digital economy. Marketplace Tech is part of the Marketplace portfolio of public radio programs broadcasting nationwide, which additionally includes Marketplace, Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Weekend. Listen every weekday on-air or online anytime at marketplace.org. From American Public Media. Twitter: @MarketplaceTech
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Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood helps listeners understand the business behind the technology that's rewiring our lives. From how tech is changing the nature of work to the unknowns of venture capital to the economics of outer space, this weekday show breaks ideas, telling the stories of modern life through our digital economy. Marketplace Tech is part of the Marketplace portfolio of public radio programs broadcasting nationwide, which additionally includes Marketplace, Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Weekend. Listen every weekday on-air or online anytime at marketplace.org. From American Public Media. Twitter: @MarketplaceTech

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Episodes

The U.S. is talking, and the EU is regulating. Is any of it slowing down Big Tech?

7/19/2019
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This Friday’s “Quality Assurance” segment takes a deeper look at the different approaches the United States and European Union are taking to regulate Big Tech.

Duration:00:05:31

Nature: the next big thing in climate adaptation technology?

7/18/2019
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To many, the term infrastructure conjures roads, pipes and walls—pretty much the antithesis of nature. But some scientists and engineers want to reverse that impression by harnessing nature as infrastructure. The idea that plants and soil can prevent flooding and purify water is gaining traction in an era of rising seas and severe storms.

Duration:00:08:16

A tailored ride-hail service with special needs in mind

7/17/2019
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It seems like Uber and Lyft are everywhere these days. And for many people, it’s great because those services make it easier — and often cheaper — to get where you need to go. But they don’t work for everyone.

Duration:00:05:29

If you love Amazon Prime Day, you probably don’t work in a fulfillment center

7/16/2019
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It’s Amazon’s fifth annual Prime Day. Or days? It’s 48 hours this time. Customers are expected to spend more than $5 billion, which means millions of orders processed in giant warehouses, which Amazon calls fulfillment centers. This work is increasingly automated, but there are more than 100,000 human workers in its North American centers because humans are more economical for some things, especially if they must work unceasingly. (7/16/2019)

Duration:00:09:09

Electric vehicles are getting noisier, for safety’s sake

7/15/2019
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One of the strangest things to get used to about electric vehicles is how eerily quiet they are. It makes you realize how much we associate engine noise with driving. That lack of sound can be problematic — even deadly. Think about the visually impaired, or anyone oblivious to vehicles because they’re staring at their smartphones.

Duration:00:07:17

YouTubers, influencers and big business converge at VidCon 2019

7/12/2019
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The masses have flocked on Anaheim, California, for VidCon, where industry executives and fans get to interact with their favorite influencers. And, of course, take selfies with a giant rainbow slide and Barbie’s glittering Dream House. Marketplace’s Jed Kim also spoke with Taylor Lorenz, who covers internet culture for The Atlantic. She said Instagram and TikTok are gaining ground on YouTube among creators.

Duration:00:06:14

Margaret O’Mara’s book “The Code” brings hidden Silicon Valley history to light

7/11/2019
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Marketplace’s Jed Kim continues his conversation with Margaret O’Mara, whose book “The Code” is out this week. Think of it as a biography of Silicon Valley — all the circumstances over more than half a century that made it what it is today.

Duration:00:08:44

We love stories about Silicon Valley success, but what is its history?

7/10/2019
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We’re fascinated with tales of visionary entrepreneurs, trillion-dollar companies, the American tech success story. Foreign leaders are keen to understand and replicate the innovation juggernaut that is Silicon Valley. But little has been written about the entirety of it — the economic ecosystem of Silicon Valley and how it evolved. Margaret O’Mara’s new book, “The Code,” offers a more comprehensive look at the American tech industry dating back to the 1940s.

Duration:00:08:38

Biomimicry draws on nature’s billions of years of R&D for design solutions

7/9/2019
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If you’ve got a design problem you need to fix, you could lock a bunch of engineers into a room to help brainstorm. Or you could look to the natural world, which is called biomimicry, the practice of replicating adaptations found in nature. Jed Kim talks to Janine Benyus, co-founder of the Biomimicry Institute.

Duration:00:08:36

On the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11: How did the space race influence today’s tech?

7/8/2019
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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 crew landing on the moon. PBS is releasing a six-hour documentary series about it, “Chasing the Moon.” Marketplace’s Jed Kim watched the whole series and calls it thrilling, even though we all know how it ends, right? Kim spoke about this and more with the filmmaker Robert Stone.

Duration:00:11:01

When Facebook bought Oculus did it make the VR firm less relevant?

7/5/2019
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Virtual reality company Oculus was going to revolutionize VR for gaming back in 2014. The Oculus Rift headset was for gamers by gamers, end of story. But then Facebook bought the company for about $2 billion because it had a much bigger vision for virtual reality as the future of engagement: people hanging out in VR like they did on the news feed, having a good time and watching ads for hours. This is an encore of part two of Molly Wood’s March 2019 interview with Blake Harris, author of...

Duration:00:04:16

We were all supposed to have virtual reality headsets by now, but Oculus stalled

7/4/2019
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Virtual reality is the technology that keeps on promising. For the past decade, the promise has seemed so much closer, especially when Oculus came along looking like such a game-changer that even Facebook invested $2 billion on it in 2014. Host Molly Wood spoke with Blake Harris in March, the author of “The History of the Future: Oculus, Facebook, and the Revolution That Swept Virtual Reality.” This is a re-air of that conversation.

Duration:00:04:20

“The Weather Machine” explores the army of scientists and supercomputers behind our forecasts

7/3/2019
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We couldn’t always predict the weather. It took huge strides in physics, atmospheric science, computer science and engineering to connect the dots between what’s going on in the sky at any given moment to whether we’ll have a rainstorm next week. And that effort has become bigger: more international and more expensive, involving supercomputers, the International Space Station, satellites and advanced models. Amy Choi talks to Andrew Blum, author of “The Weather Machine.”

Duration:00:05:01

Amazon is 25 years old. What will the company’s next chapter look like?

7/2/2019
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Amazon turns 25 this week. Who would’ve thought back in 1994 that a tiny online retailer that just sold books might turn into a company that touches pretty much every aspect of our lives — what we buy, how we compute, how we watch movies? Molly Wood talks to futurist Amy Webb about the next 25 years of the giant tech firm.

Duration:00:09:41

Bot? Or not? New California law requires disclosure

7/1/2019
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A new California law goes into effect today, requiring any online chat bot that’s trying to sell you something or get you to vote a certain way to disclose that it’s a bot. No pretending to be a person trying to sell you an extended warranty in a customer service chat. Or no posing as a real person posting on Twitter about voting in an upcoming election.

Duration:00:05:30

When a tech columnist digs into the secret life of his data

6/28/2019
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Most of us have this kind of vague sense that our devices and tech services are trading our data for advertising. But it’s still shocking to find out exactly how much our gadgets and services, and even our browsers, are tracking what you do. Host Molly Wood talks with Washington Post Tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler about what he found out when he started tracking how his data is flowing.

Duration:00:07:45

Tech takes the field at World Cup soccer

6/27/2019
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It takes very little to get a soccer game started. Two or more people kicking at something, make a goal out of some chairs or maybe even just a gap between trees, and it’s on. Soccer can be very low tech. But clubs looking for an edge over the competition keep turning to high tech to analyze game play and help with training. Tech advances are noticeable for those who are glued to the TV this World Cup tournament as referees frequently use instant replay to make calls.

Duration:00:08:24

2020 campaign update: Targeted ads are definitely following you

6/26/2019
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Wednesday and Thursday night in Miami, the Democratic presidential candidates will gather to debate on TV. But that’s the old-school version of how presidential candidates will try to reach you. Campaigns are already spending a lot more on digital advertising in this election, especially programmatic advertising, which automatically targets people based on habits, age and other information.

Duration:00:07:34

If we live forever as digital souls, how would we treat our digital world?

6/25/2019
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Science fiction author Neal Stephenson has a new book out called “Fall,” exploring how technology might mean the end of death. In the book, a billionaire who made his fortune in video games has his digital conscious uploaded after he dies. Stephenson says he was inspired in part by John Milton’s 17th century poem “Paradise Lost,” about the afterlife and the forming of the world.

Duration:00:08:22

Is social media tearing us apart?

6/24/2019
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Author Neal Stephenson joins host Molly Wood to discuss his new book, “Fall,” and how he had previously underestimated the dark side of social media.

Duration:00:08:33