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The Takeaway

Coding Literacy is The Way of the Future

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs in computer programming will grow by 12 percent from 2010 to 2020. Soon, we might all have to learn code—whether we want to or not. Manoush Zomorodi of WNYC's New Tech City explains why coding literacy is the way of the future. Ali Blackwell is one of the co-founder's of Decoded, which runs workshops to teach anyone to code. He discusses why coding is so important.

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The Takeaway

A 12-Year-Old Tech Prodigy's Mission

Monday, August 26, 2013

Quin Etnyre wanted to make tech education more fun, so he became a teacher. He started his own company, called Qtechknow, which sells DIY electronic starter kits. But Etnyre is not an MIT professor or grad—he's a 12-year-old. He joins The Takeaway to discuss some of his inventions and the ways he is working to make technology more accessible.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Big Data Revolution

Friday, May 24, 2013

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger explores big data and how it will affect the economy, science, and society at large. “Big data” refers to our increasing ability to crunch vast collections of information, analyze it instantly, and draw sometimes profoundly surprising conclusions from it. Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think shows how this emerging science can translate data—from the price of airline tickets to the text of millions of books—into searchable forms, and lead to breakthroughs.

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Studio 360

Our Computers, Our Viruses, Our Selves

Friday, March 08, 2013

Computer viruses have evolved from an annoyance to a national security threat. Recently the Department of Homeland Security told Americans to disable Java on our home computers (a thing that few of us knew how to do) because of flaws that left it vulnerable to viruses ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Big Data Revolution

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger explores the hottest trend in technology—big data—and how it will affect the economy, science, and society at large. “Big data” refers to our burgeoning ability to crunch vast collections of information, analyze it instantly, and draw sometimes profoundly surprising conclusions from it. Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think shows how this emerging science can translate myriad phenomena—from the price of airline tickets to the text of millions of books—into searchable form, and uses our increasing computing power to reach epiphanies that we never could have seen before.

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The Takeaway

Average iPhone Announcement Begs the Question: What Now?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Yesterday's launch of the newest iPhone had superfans excited. Still, some critics are questioning whether the announcement was quite the “slam dunk” we’ve come to expect from Apple. So what's the future of Apple? Ken Auletta, writer and media critic for The New Yorker, explains.

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The Takeaway

Want to Survive in the Digital Age? Learn to Code.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Computer programs and apps are becoming an increasingly integral part of our lives. But does that mean everybody should be forced to learn how to create them?

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The Takeaway

Computers Affected by DNS Changer Virus Could Lose Connection Monday

Friday, July 06, 2012

Thousands of internet users in this country and around the world could lose their connection on Monday, the result of the so-called DNS Changer virus. The malware has been around for several years and last year, the FBI charged those responsible for creating the virus.

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Top 5 @ 105

Top Five Computers to Outsmart Composers

Friday, June 29, 2012

Computers have shown a prowess for chess and soccer, but composing music? The makers of DarwinTunes have designed a program to create "aesthetically pleasing chords and rhythms.” Here are five others.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gamer Girls

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sarah Lippman and Julia Weingaertner, 8th grade students at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart and designers of the "Animal Inequalities" computer game, and Alicia Testa, a technology integrator and computer and math teacher at the school, talk about the class project that got middle school girls thinking about computer programming and won awards at the National STEM Video Game Challenge.

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Radiolab

A REAL Turing Machine

Friday, March 23, 2012

In our latest short, The Turing Problem, we described the importance of a wholly imaginary invention--Alan Turing's theoretical "universal machine." But thanks to a listener, we found out that someone actually figured out a way to build one! And there's video.

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Radiolab

The Turing Problem

Monday, March 19, 2012

Alan Turing's mental leaps about machines and computers were some of the most innovative ideas of the 20th century. But the world wasn't kind to him. In this short, Robert wonders how Turing's personal life shaped his understanding of mechanical minds and human emotions.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Building the First Computers

Thursday, March 15, 2012

George Dyson discusses the men and women, led by John von Neumann at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, who built one of the first computers. In Turing’s Cathedral, Dyson shows how their work would break the distinction between numbers that mean things and numbers that do things—and our universe would never be the same.

 

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Soundcheck

Supercollectors: Digital Music Collections

Thursday, February 16, 2012

We want to help solve your digital music collection conundrums! Our series on Supercollectors continues with answers to your questions about digital music – from ripping CDs to storing MP3s. Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.FM and San Francisco-based music and technology writer Geeta Dayal join us to take your calls.

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The Takeaway

Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple, Dies at 56

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Steve Jobs, Apple's iconic co-founder, died Wednesday at age 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Widely credited with transforming the way people use computers, listen to music, and communicate, Jobs's influence and vision shaped each of Apple's popular devices. Jobs, a college dropout inspired by the spirit of the 60s, founded Apple in a garage with Steve Wozniak in 1976. In a statement on its website, Apple wrote, "Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives."

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The Takeaway

Lulz Security Collective: A Return to Old School Hacking?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

UK authorities have arrested a 19-year-old under suspicion for his potential connection to the hacking group LulzSec. The group has claimed to have pulled off attacks on PBS, Sony and the Senate.

The group has a mischievous persona. It has set up a hotline for people to call in and suggest sites that should be attacked. The recorded voice that answers claims, in an exaggerated French accent, that "Pierre Dubois and Franvois Deluxe" are not available because they’re out hacking websites. Yesterday, they announced that they're teaming up with Anonymous, another hacking group with a deeper political bent.

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The Takeaway

On Cyber Security and Cyber War

Monday, June 06, 2011

In what is becoming an annual tradition, news of a targeted cyber-attack from China has once again made headlines.  Commenting on the attacks targeting the Google email accounts high-level US government officials, Secretary of State Hillary voiced her concern over what could have been a serious breach of security.  Compounded by the recent news of yet another attack against the user name and password information of tens of thousands of visitors to a Sony website, we wonder: what is the current state of cyber security to our nation's most vital intelligence assets? 

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Radiolab

Clever Bots

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

In 2006, Robert Epstein decided to turn to his computer for some help finding a date. He was single at the time, and it seemed like everyone was getting into online dating. So he started searching through photos and sending messages, reaching out to women who caught his interest. And ...

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Radiolab

Talking to Machines

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What can machines tell us about being human?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Knowing What They Know

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that federal prosecutors in New Jersey are now investigating whether some smartphone applications are illegally grabbing or transmit your personal information without the proper disclosure. It’s an issue that came up during Leonard’s discussions with WSJ editor Julia Angwin in August 2010 and last month.

The online music service Pandora is one of the companies that has received a subpoena, but the WSJ tested 101 apps and found that 56 of them were transmitting information about the device without the user’s consent.

Do you think that you’ll change the way you use your smartphone? Will you cut back on the apps you use on your iPhone or Droid? Should information gathering be a criminal offense? Let us know what you think in the comments section below

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