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Putting heart and the human experience into tech coverage, WNYC's New Tech City with Manoush Zomorodi investigates what all the data, constant connectivity, and perpetual "upgrades" really mean for daily life. Follow @newtechcity and subscribe to the podcast for stories of discovery on how the digital age is altering our brains, relationships, and values. 

The Takeaway

Super Computer Watson 'Enrolls' in College Classes

Friday, February 08, 2013

This semester, the know-it-all supercomputer Watson is heading to school. Watson made a name for itself after it trounced all its human competitors on Jeopardy! last year. The supercomputer is "enrolling" at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where Dr. Shirley Jackson is president.

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Money Talking

Money Talking: Will Manufacturing Rescue the Economy?

Friday, February 08, 2013

The rising cost of labor in China, high-tech robots, and even 3D printing are bringing manufacturing operations back to the United States. But will it guarantee more jobs for American workers?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mike Daisey's 'Faster Better Social...'

Friday, February 08, 2013

Mike Daisey talks about his latest theater work “Faster Better Social Click Like Touch Tweet Yes Yes!!1! (or, Our Slavery is Rich and Full),” and addresses the controversy surrounding his This American Life piece on Foxconn factories in China.

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The Takeaway

Tech Has Revolutionized Everything Else — Why Not Government?

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

John McGinnis, author of "Accelerating Democracy: Transforming Governance Through Technology," explains why he believes the federal government should legalize internet gambling on legislative outcomes, how the government can harness data to test social policy, and much more. 

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The Takeaway

The Future of International Cyber Attacks

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

In the tech world, "hackers" are variously freedom fighters, poorly behaved geniuses, truth tellers, underground rock stars, and dangerous criminals where the objective is denial of service, identity theft, or exposure of private, even classified, data to the public. In the world of cyber warfare, the objectives are much bigger.

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The Takeaway

Todd Park: President Obama's Tech 'Entrepreneur-in-Residence'

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Congress created the Office of Science and Technology Policy in 1976, but Barack Obama was the first president to appoint a White House chief technology officer. In 2012, Todd Park became the second person to hold the position.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Is Netflix's "House Of Cards" The Future of TV?

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Bob Garfield, co-host of On The Media and author of The Chaos Scenario and the forthcoming Can't Buy Me Like: How Authentic Customer Connections Drive Superior Results discusses "House Of Cards", Netflix's first self-produced TV series, and what it might mean for the future of television on the internet.

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New Tech City

Three Apps I Can't Live Without | Ki Mae Heussner

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Ki Mae Heussner is a staff writer at GigaOm.

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New Tech City

Hailing a Cab With Your Smartphone

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission is starting a one-year pilot program February 15 that will bring the technology to Manhattan for the first time.

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New Tech City

Technology vs. Business As Usual in NYC

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Hailing cabs with an app.  Renting out rooms to visiting tourists.  Sure, it's easy, thanks to startups like Uber and Airbnb.  But is it legal? Popular tech companies run up against New York City regulations and try to find compromises.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The History of Silicon Valley

Monday, February 04, 2013

Randall MacLowry, director of “Silicon Valley,” looks at the early high tech pioneers that transformed a fertile valley in California into a hub of technological ingenuity. In 1957 a group of eight brilliant young men defected from the Shockley Semiconductor Company in order to start their own transistor company. Their radical innovations helped make the United States a leader in both space exploration and the personal computer revolution. “Silicon Valley” premieres on American Experience February 5, 9- 10:30 p.m. on PBS.

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New Tech City

New Tech City: 3D-Printed Guns and Violent Video Games

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A non-profit in Texas called Defense Distributed is working to perfect its design for a so-called "Wiki Weapon."

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New Tech City

PCMag’s Editor-in-Chief on the Modern Tech Reporter

Monday, January 28, 2013

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a few weeks ago, CNET had an impressive set that broadcast live much of the time. CNET journalists took turns mounting the round, white lacquered stage to relax on the plush red couch and chat about digital trends and gadgets. 

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New Tech City

Do Violent Video Games Cause Violent Behavior?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Listen to the full interview with researcher Cheryl Olson on the latest research on whether violent video games causes violent behavior and hear what studies she thinks need to be conducted in the future. 

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WNYC News

NYC's Top Dogs: Mapping Names & Breeds in the City

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

If you own a dog in New York City, odds are it’s a mutt named Max.

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New Tech City

Class is In for Cornell NYC Tech

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The inaugural class of graduate students for CornellNYC Tech started school Monday in temporary rooms in the Google building Google in Chelsea.

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New Tech City

New Tech City: Online Education and Paying for College

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The credit rating agency Moody's revised its outlook for the whole U.S. higher education sector from "stable" to "negative" in a report released last week.

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New Tech City

What Are MOOCs and Are They Education’s Future?

Monday, January 21, 2013

This week on New Tech City we’re talking MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses that major universities and newly formed education companies are offering for FREE (and that’s no acronym).  Hundreds of thousands of people around the globe are taking these classes.

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New Tech City

WNYC Goes Back to School, This Time Online

Monday, January 21, 2013

The word "MOOC" is everywhere you turn in the world of higher education these days. Here. And here. And here, here and here.

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New Tech City

Surviving the Self-Publishing World

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Digital Book World Conference kicks off Tuesday in Midtown Manhattan. Organizers bill the event as the most important gathering for publishing professionals when it comes to e-books and self-publishing.

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