Simple experiences, like borrowing a ladder from a neighbor or just taking a long solitary hike, are being altered by tech.
Technology isn't stopping one Pennsylvania summer camp from trying to get kids to connect more deeply with nature and one another. The camp decided to conduct an experiment by letting its campers use gadgets as much as they wanted after the devices were away from the campers a period of time. Manoush Zomorodi, of WNYC's New Tech City, has followed the progress of this camp from initial withdrawal to the lessons learned after.
At the Longacre camp in rural Pennsylvania, teens are allowed to bring their smartphones, tablets and other digital devices into the wilderness. In this New Tech City video, see what happens when campers try to balance life in the outdoors with gadgets that won't stop beeping, buzzing and blinking.
Eleanor Longden was diagnosed with schizophrenia and institutionalized and essentially discarded by a mental health system that was unsure of how to help her. So instead Longden began to help herself, listening to and interpreting the voices she once battled in order to learn and grow from them. She is a doctoral psychology researcher and she's chronicled her journey towards understanding herself and the voices in her new TED e-book, "Learning from the Voices in My Head."
Joseph Polchinski is part of a four-man team that’s rethinking our ideas about black holes. In the process, he and his team might overthrow Einstein’s theory of relativity. It might sound like the stuff of science fiction, but in fact, Polchinski's work is shaking up the physics world, and raising new questions about how the universe began.
Most city dwellers are familiar with the vain attempts to flag down a cab when it’s raining or freezing or both. But new taxi-hailing smartphone apps are revolutionizing the relevancy of the outstretched arm and whistle. The apps are serving an alternate, and perhaps more important purpose in New York however. They are bringing cabs to underserved areas and underserved people. New Yorker Stacy-Marie Ishmael explains.
Experiments in the life sciences, taxi technology and bike sharing are helping regular people do DIY scientific research and transform the way they get around.
Summer 2013 was the first time New Yorkers could "e-hail" a taxi with a smartphone app like Uber or Hailo, but so far few people are using the technology. New Tech City talks to one user who says the apps are catching on with minorities.
There's a big deadline coming up: August 16th is the last day to register to vote in this Fall's primary. We discuss various ways to increase turnout, and how you can get registered to vote.
Finding a mentor can be a mysterious process, but a startup called Everwise has figured out how to connect potential mentors and mentees through data analysis.
New Tech City producer Dan Tucker has attended A LOT of weddings recently, and he's noticed a trend when it comes time for speeches and toasts. The best man or maid of honor takes the microphone and starts reading from emails, texts and online chats that the bride and groom sent each other over the years. Call it Love in the Time of Gmail.
Biographers have relied on handwritten letters for centuries, but more and more, they're using emails, texts and online chats to tell the story of a person's life.
This week marks the demise of one of the most popular task-list apps out there. Yahoo bought Astrid in May and subsequently announced that it would be shutting down the service on August 5.
In the smart home of the future, your milk jug will tell you when your milk has gone sour, your plants will text you when they need watering and with solar panels on your roof, you may not even need to be connected to the power grid.
Some e-retailers are shifting their strategies by opening brick-and-mortar stores to attract new customers that may not be comfortable purchasing a pair of shorts or eyeglasses without first trying them on.
The Securities and Exchange Commission recently voted to make it easier for private companies, start-ups, hedge funds, just about any privately-held company looking to raise money to advertise to the public.
The Defense Department has long teamed up with technology firms to create weapons and vehicles like fighter jets. One of its latest projects is a bipedal robot called Atlas that can walk, run, jump and climb and could be the future of disaster response on and off the battlefield.
New York City is a leading center for neuroscience research, so you'd think it would stand to benefit from President Obama's new $100 million initiative to map the human brian.
The explosion of civic-minded hackathons raises the question of what the organizations funding them are trying to accomplish.
Chinese and Syrian hackers, internet trolls and hacking collectives like Anonymous tend to give hacking a bad name, but some people hack for good too. This week on New Tech City, meet the participants of a civic hackathon as they try to solve the problem of price gouging at bodegas in Newark.