Streams

Episode #72

The World Would be a Better Place if We [DELETED]

« previous episode | next episode »

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Let's embrace the delete key, and imagine a world where all our e-clutter wasn't just auto archived by big corporations.

When you send a someone a message on Snapchat, for instance, the recipient has just a few seconds to digest the content before it vanishes. The social media service popular with millenials flies in the face of the autosave function that has dominated computing since the 1980s. And that is precisely why it is booming in popularity.

This week New Tech City explores whether it's time for an auto-delete revolution. Host Manoush Zomorodi talks to experts from a email folder's worth of extremely smart people with niche expertises to find out how clicking 'delete' more would affect our memories, the environment, our relationships, and more. Plus, a prolific college-age Snapchatter explains why he loves when the photos and videos he sends to his friends just disappear. Don't worry, this podcast won't self-destruct in five seconds. 

    Music Playlist
  1. Gentle Chase
  2. Back Stairs
  3. Solidarity
  4. Loquacious Larissa
Still from an animation by Nanex that helps visualize the moment-by-moment data gathering their company does.

Face the Eco-Implications of Your E-Hoarding Habits

Search — not storage — is the biggest conundrum for big data. 

Comment

To Clear Out Your Inbox, You Need More Power

We used to be swimming in data. Now we're drowning in it. So, how can we stay afloat? By fighting tech with tech. 

Comment

Neon brain

For a Better Memory, Hit 'Delete'

Keep forgetting your mother's cell phone number? Don't worry. You're not alone. In this New Tech City interview, Columbia University Psychology professor Betsy Sparrow explains why it's so hard to remember things in the digital age and what you can do about it. 

Comment

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.