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Our Computers, Our Viruses, Our Selves

Friday, September 12, 2014

We’ve been living with computer viruses since the earliest networks. But how similar are they to biological ones?

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On The Media

Robot Humor

Friday, August 08, 2014

We often think of robots as tools to make our lives easier. But what if they could also make our lives funnier?

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On The Media

Joking With Robots

Friday, August 08, 2014

Myq Kaplan is a comedian known for his "robotic" delivery of jokes. That made him the perfect candidate to compete with Manatee, a joke-telling robot. Brooke talks with Kaplan about how robots might someday co-opt his comedic style.

Music: Dan Magnan - Robots. Special thanks to @jonaswoost (Jonas Woost) for the suggestion on Twitter!

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The Takeaway

SCOTUS Considers Free Speech & the Internet

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

This week, the Supreme Court has agreed to consider the case Elonis v. United States in its next term, starting October 2014. The case examines the intersection between free speech and criminal behavior on the internet.

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On The Media

Failing the Turing Test

Friday, June 13, 2014

It was widely reported this week that for the first time ever, a computer program had passed the "Turing Test." The trouble is, the story was a sham. Brooke talks with Tech Dirt's Mike Masnick about how the media should have known better. 

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Note to Self

Hi, I’m David, and I’m a Digital Addict

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Find out how one man used technology to cure his technology addiction.

 

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On The Media

Joking With Robots

Friday, April 18, 2014

Myq Kaplan is a comedian known for his "robotic" delivery of jokes. That made him the perfect candidate to compete with Manatee, a joke-telling robot. Brooke talks with Kaplan about how robots might someday co-opt his comedic style.

Music: Dan Magnan - Robots. Special thanks to @jonaswoost (Jonas Woost) for the suggestion on Twitter!

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On The Media

Robot Humor

Friday, April 18, 2014

We often think of robots as tools to make our lives easier. But what if they could also make our lives funnier?

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Note to Self

Solving The Girl Problem

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The ratio of women to men in tech is appalling. But it's not hopeless. Why closing the gender gap could save the U.S. economy--plus, tales from the world's first computer programmer, who was...a woman.

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Note to Self

Machine Learning + Love

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

As the popularity of online dating sites rises, algorithms are playing a big role in finding Mr. or Mrs. Right. So what will it take to make the machine smarter at finding us love? 

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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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