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Alexis Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal appears in the following:

Want To Dine Out? You May Need To Buy Tickets — Or Bid On A Table

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Some of the nation's restaurants are using technology to make diners commit before their night out. It's convenient for the restaurant and customer — and it may pry people away from old habits.

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Can Pinterest Compete With Google's Search?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pinterest has created a database of things that matter to humans. And with a programming team that's largely been hired away from Google, the company has begun offering what it calls "guided search."

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Someday Soon You May Swallow A Computer With Your Pill

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madrigal explains how a tiny computer attaches to a pill you ingest to record how your body responds. It sounds crazy, he says, but it was approved by the FDA.

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Have We Reached The End Of The Line For The Conference Call?

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madrigal considers why people still jump on frustrating conference calls. While tech startups aim to kill the PIN, he says, the phone bridges generations.

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By The Time Your Car Goes Driverless, You Won't Know The Difference

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The once-futuristic concept is closer than ever to becoming a reality. Parallel parking? Let the car find the perfect approach. Squeezing into a tight space? Hop out and use your smartphone.

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I Am A Real Person

Friday, January 10, 2014

When Time Washington bureau chief Michael Scherer got a call from a telemarketer named Samantha West, he knew the voice on the other end of the line wasn't quite right somehow. Yet Samantha West kept insisting she was, in fact, human. OTM producer Chris Neary finds out who, or what, Samantha West really is. 

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Netflix Built Its Microgenres By Staring Into The American Soul

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madrigal counted 76,897 microgenres on the online streaming and DVD rental service, many of which are bizarrely personalized (Violent Action Thrillers Starring Bruce Willis, Tearjerkers From The 1970s). He says the company "knows you."

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What To Expect When You're Expecting ... To Share Your Baby Photos

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Smartphones and the Internet have made it easier than ever for people to share photos of their friends, family, pets and children. But sharing personal photos raises technological and ethical questions. Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madrigal recently became a father and has some tips for navigating the world of online photo sharing.

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Beyond The Shadows: Apple's iOS 7 Is All About The Screen

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The new mobile operating system's design acknowledges that we no longer need physical analogs — like a camera shutter or old-timey microphone — to describe an app's function. Tech writer Alexis Madrigal says its release will trigger the largest and fastest change in the history of computer software.

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A Few Ways To Look at the Steve Jobs Legacy

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Alexis Madrigal, technology editor for The Atlantic, talks about Jobs' tech legacy and his surprising counterculture origins; then, Jad Abumrad, host of Radiolab, on Jobs' influence on music and radio.

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Following Up: Access to Your Phone's Info

Friday, April 29, 2011

We now know that your phone is storing a log of your movements, but what's that information used for? Alexis Madrigal, senior editor at The Atlantic and author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology, clarifies whether phone tracking can help recover stolen phones--and whether law enforcement can use your phone's stored information in investigations.

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Green Technology

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Alexis Madrigal, senior editor at The Atlantic, talks about his new book, Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology, which explores the history of green technology and what it teaches us about our energy problems today.

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Running out of IP Addresses

Friday, August 06, 2010

Imagine what would happen if the United States ran out of phone or social security numbers. We would be unreachable, even unidentifiable! That is exactly what's happening with IP addresses: those codes that identify each blackberry, iPad, and Website. IP addresses are set to run out in less than a year. Alexis Madrigal, lead technology writer for TheAtlantic.com joins us to talk about what this means in terms of the way we communicate in an Internet-driven world.

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Backstory: Terrible (and Real) Ideas from the Cold War

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Cold War may have ended 20 years ago, but the constant threat of nuclear annihilation and the unlimited scientific potential of the atom led to some truly "out there" thinking, and we’re not just talking about Edward Teller’s idea to detonate an atomic bomb on the moon. The Kennedy ...

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