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Marketplace Tech with Ben Brock Johnson



Marketplace Tech®, hosted by Ben Brock Johnson, tackles the business behind the technology that's obsessing us and changing our lives. With the listener in mind, this weekday segment examines everything from video games and robots to consumer protection



Copyright: Copyright 2017 American Public Media
 



08/23/2017: The threat of killer robots

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:14:08 -0500

Elon Musk and a hundred others wrote a letter to the UN stating that it would be a colossal mistake if unregulated artificial intelligence were allowed to take the life of a human. We looked at the threats A.I. could pose to humanity on our Codebreaker podcast with Oxford professor Nick Bostrom —a conversation that we'll revisit on today's show. Afterwards, we'll chat with Jalak Jobanputra, founder of Future Perfect Ventures, about the future of bitcoin and blockchain.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/08/23/tech_20170823_pod_64.mp3




S02-7: Technology Crossing Borders

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 18:57:12 -0600

The gadget that saved a refugee in the middle of the Aegean Sea, how an agent uses technology to patrol the U.S. border with Mexico, and how a journalist in exile broadcasts the news with WhatsApp. Listen, decode, and decide: Can technology crossing borders save us?


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https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/codebreaker/2016/11/14/codebreaker_20161228_e7_218_20161114_128.mp3




S02-6: Encryption

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:01:00 -0600

How encryption hides all around us, how it was used in 18th century Paris to separate merchants from their money and the difference between your brain and your fingertip. Listen, decode, and decide: Can encryption save us? Stay updated on all things Codebreaker.


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https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/codebreaker/2016/11/14/codebreaker_20161221_e6_671_20161114_128.mp3




S02-5: World Building

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:00:01 -0600

A proposal to bioengineer shorter humans with cat eyes, a decades-old idea for a totally new kind of power, a battery made from trash and Bill Nye the Science Guy tries to get us in gear. Listen, decode, and decide: Can world-building save us? Stay updated on all things Codebreaker.


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https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/codebreaker/2016/11/14/codebreaker_20161214_e5_973_20161114_128.mp3




S02-4: Watching

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:30:08 -0600

A small city known for its Amish population and surveillance cameras, an old lady in Northern Ireland who watches video feeds in Brazil and getting footage from the fin of a shark. Listen, decode, and decide: Can watching save us? Stay updated on all things Codebreaker.


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https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/codebreaker/2016/11/14/codebreaker_20161207_e4_240_20161114_128.mp3




S02-3: The Augmented Self

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 01:09:37 -0600

The man who collected too much data, cyborgs who want to make their body-hardware mainstream, robots that rebuild your hairline and a conversation with Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge aka LeVar Burton. Listen, decode, and decide: Can the augmented self save us? Stay updated on all things Codebreaker.


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S02-2: Alternate Reality

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0600

A therapist who creates virtual reality experiences for people with dangerous disorders, a grandmother who uses a headset to escape her surroundings and Ernest Cline on virtual reality in fact and fiction. Listen, decode, and decide: Can alternate realities save us? Stay updated on all things Codebreaker.


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S02-1: Recognition

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0600

A toddler who saved her mother's life with Siri, a man whose mysterious ailment opened up a world of voice recognition technology and a dating service that wants to scan the faces of all your exes. Listen, decode, and decide: Can recognition software save us?Stay updated on all things Codebreaker.


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https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/codebreaker/2016/11/14/codebreaker_20161116_e1_799_20161114_128.mp3




08/22/2017: The voice of Mario looks back on his audition

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:12:32 -0500

Samsung is scheduled to announce a new phone this week, which is expected to have wireless charging. The process known as inductive charging isn't new though — it's been around for years. So, um, why isn't everywhere? Rahul Mangharam, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania, explains why smartphone charging is in its awkward teen phase, and why we can expect a break out soon. Afterwards, on the heels of Mario Kart's 25th anniversary, we'll chat with the voice of Mario: Charles Martinet. He joined us to talk about the phrases he used to get the job and whether he actually plays Mario Kart. 


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/08/22/tech_20170822_pod_64.mp3




08/21/2017: Checking out the eclipse on your Twitter feed

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:57:29 -0500

As you might have heard, there's a solar eclipse happening today. But even if you're not in the so-called path of "totality," you can stream it on Twitter thanks to its partnership with the Weather Channel. Neil Katz, editor in chief of The Weather Company, joined us to talk about how it's going to film the eclipse and how the company thinks about programming in the digital age. Afterwards, we'll dive into issues with data privacy agreements. 


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/08/21/tech_20170821_pod_64.mp3




08/18/2017: Where do white supremacist groups go from here?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 04:37:36 -0500

A wave of tech companies have condemned white supremacist organizations and websites, like the Daily Stormer. But will their online presence eventually fade away, or just find another outlet? It turns out that the Daily Stormer has moved its operations to what's called the Dark Web. Nicolas Christin, an associate research professor at Carnegie Mellon University, joined us to discuss whether sites like these will be able to thrive on the Dark Web. Plus: We play this week's Silicon Tally with Doree Shafrir, a senior tech writer at Buzzfeed and author of the book "Startup: A Novel." 


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/08/18/tech_20170818_pod_64.mp3




08/17/2017: What tech companies should do about white supremacist groups

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:46:49 -0500

Two of the world's biggest tech companies, Alibaba and Tencent, are from China. With both having either recently released their quarterly earnings or preparing to, we'll take a look at how they're trying to expand their growth. Afterwards, we'll chat with Rashad Robinson, executive director at Color of Change, about the action that tech groups should take when their users include white supremacist groups.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/08/17/tech_20170817_pod_64.mp3




08/16/2017: The Justice Department and a web hosting company battle over user data

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The Department of Justice has asked DreamHost for 1.3 million IP addresses connected to a site that organized protests around President Trump's inauguration. On today's show, we'll look at whether there's a historical precedent for such a request, and what this would mean for hosting companies if DreamHost were to give up this information. Afterwards, we'll chat with Alex Klein, CEO of the startup Kano, about the importance of coding.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/08/16/tech_20170816_pod_64.mp3




08/15/2017: GoDaddy cuts ties with neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:32:17 -0500

Daily Stormer, which describes itself as "The World's Most Genocidal Republican Website," has been let go from the domain GoDaddy after posting personal attacks about Heather Heyer, one of the Charlottesville victims. On today's show, we'll look at the role that services like GoDaddy play in controlling internet content. Afterwards, we'll look at a growing debate over the manufacturing standards for environmentally friendly electronics. Manufacturers seem to be getting better marks for  these products, but some in the gadget repair community say the lenses for judging those manufacturers are getting a little rose-tinted. 


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/08/15/tech_20170815_pod_64.mp3




08/14/2017: Weaponized audio technology

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:16:24 -0500

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has developed a Spaceborne computer that'll be tested at the International Space Station to see if it can withstand trips to Mars. Mark Fernandez, lead developer for the NASA project, joined us to talk about the technology and why a private company like HP is getting involved. Afterwards, we'll look at news that State Department workers in Cuba may have suffered from an "acoustic attack." 


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/08/14/tech_20170814_pod_64.mp3




08/11/2017: Is taking a moral stand good for business?

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 05:13:01 -0500

Tech companies have had to grapple with some big moral issues as of late. Recently, Airbnb reportedly deactivated the accounts of users planning to attend a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Virginia. On today's show, we'll chat with University of Maryland professor Dana Fisher about whether the company is allowed to do something like this, and whether it's good for a business' bottom line to make a big political stand. Afterwards, we'll play this week's Silicon Tally with Saron Yitbarek, founder of the Code Newbie podcast.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/08/11/tech_20170811_pod_64.mp3




08/10/2017: Hacking the Air Force when you're still in high school

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 05:00:12 -0500

Facebook and Instagram have replicated many of Snap's features, from face filters to disappearing messages, and that hasn't been great for business on Snap's end. Does it still have some creative power going for it right now? Business Insider senior reporter Alex Heath takes a look at the company's future with us. Afterwards, we'll talk to 17-year-old Jack Cable about that time he hacked the Air Force.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/08/10/tech_20170810_pod_64.mp3




08/09/2017: Navigating Google's diversity challenges

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 04:32:19 -0500

A Google engineer named James Damore recently penned a memo blaming tech's gender gap on biological differences between men and women, which then led to his firing. Nicole Sanchez, CEO and founder of Vaya Consulting, joined us to talk about what Google needs to do to address its diversity issues and how female staffers are feeling about the company. Plus: A look at secretive Amazon brands.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/08/09/tech_20170809_pod_64.mp3




08/08/2017: A new generation of phones

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 05:02:55 -0500

With Samsung and Apple getting ready to launch new phones, we'll take a look at what we can expect from these new devices. Afterwards, we'll discuss Netflix's decision to buy Millarworld, the publishing company of comic book writer Mark Millar.    


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/08/08/tech_20170808_pod_64.mp3




08/07/2017: Drones may join Trump's personal security team

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 04:22:17 -0500

President Trump is scheduled to spend 17 days of working vacation at Trump National Golf Club this month. And near the fairway, the Secret Service will be testing one or more drones. Missy Cummings, director of the Humans and Autonomy Laboratory at Duke University, joined us to chat about how these drones will likely be utilized. Afterwards, we'll look at the video game phenomenon "Overwatch."


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/08/07/tech_20170807_pod_64.mp3




08/04/2017: Man who stopped one malware may have created other malware

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 04:57:37 -0500

U.K.-based hacker Marcus Hutchins has been hailed in the hacking community for inadvertently undermining the massive Wannacry malware. But on his way out of Nevada where two hacker gatherings were taking place, he was arrested for allegedly creating a banking malware called Kronos. Motherboard journalist Joseph Cox joined us to explain the details of the arrest and what the malware actually did. Afterwards, we'll play this week's Silicon Tally with Lauren Goode, co-host of the podcast Too Embarrassed to Ask and a senior editor at The Verge.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/08/04/tech_20170804_pod_64.mp3




08/03/2017: A faster way of shopping

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 06:01:33 -0500

Facebook may be trying to get into the hardware game (again). Unconfirmed reports say the social media giant is preparing to launch a smart speaker like Amazon Echo and a video chat device. Business Insider reporter Alex Heath joined us to explain why Facebook is pursuing these two products and whether the company can succeed. Afterwards, we'll discuss the potential of using Radio Frequency Identification in retail, which could mean things like getting to walk out of the store without actually having to check out your items.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/08/03/tech_20170803_pod_64.mp3




08/02/2017: Bitcoin spawns a new currency

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 04:59:50 -0500

Congress has wanted company executives to testify about net neutrality, but but they're just not that interested. What's going on? Recode senior editor Tony Romm stopped by to chat wit us about the fear companies on both sides of the issue have. Afterwards, we'll look at the increasingly long transaction times for Bitcoin transfers — an issue that a group of techies tried to solve yesterday by splitting the currency in half. The New York Times' Nathaniel Popper explains what this means for companies that use the currency.  


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/08/02/tech_20170802_pod_64.mp3




08/01/2017: Apple plays along with China's Great Firewall

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 23:04:24 -0500

As part of China's tightened restrictions on internet access, Apple is pulling out a bunch of its virtual private network (VPN) services from its App Store in China, and one of those includes VypyrVPN. The president of the VPN's maker, Golden Frog, joined us to talk about Apple's decision, which he says suggests they value "profits over human rights." Afterwards, we'll discuss two Facebook bots that developed their own method of communication — one that even their own builders didn't understand. 


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/08/01/tech_20170801_pod_64.mp3




07/31/2017: Facebook as a tool for spy agencies

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:06:09 -0500

The U.S. presidential election wasn't the only race that may have faced Russian interference. Reports say that Russia may have also attempted to sway the recent French presidential election toward far-right nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen. We'll chat with Joseph Menn, an investigative reporter with Reuters, about Facebook's role in all of this, and what these recent events say about Russia's political operations. Afterwards, we'll look at the business model behind the launch of CBS' new Star Trek series, "Discovery."   


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/07/31/tech_20170731_pod_64.mp3




07/28/2017: Competition for Uber just got stiffer

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 06:00:08 -0500

We're capping off today's show by playing Silicon Tally, the game where we try to stump each other with numbers from the week's news. Rose Eveleth, the producer for ESPN's 30 for 30 podcasts, faces off against host Ben Johnson. Afterwards, we'll discuss Softbank and Didi Chuxing's $2 billion investment in Grab, Uber's biggest rival in Asia.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/07/28/tech_20170728_pod_64.mp3




07/27/2017: Farewell, Flash

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 04:59:43 -0500

The practice of getting a virus onto someone's machine or network, locking up the data, and demanding a payment for the key has become popular and lucrative in a short period of time. The result: $25 million in paid ransom over two years. On today's show, we'll look at the "business model" behind this form of malicious hacking. Afterwards, we say our parting words to Adobe Flash amid news that the company is going to stop producing new versions. 


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/07/27/tech_20170727_pod_64.mp3




07/26/2017: The company that's planning to implant chips in its employees

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:55:57 -0500

The company Three Square Market provides software that runs vending machines, self-checkout kiosks and, soon, microchips that can be implanted into its employees' hands. Vice President of International Development, Tony Danna, joins us to share what exactly these chips are capable of. Afterwards, we'll chat with Anatrope founder Tiffany Rad about two of the biggest hacking gatherings in the U.S.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/07/26/tech_20170726_pod_64.mp3




07/25/2017: RIP, Microsoft Paint (1985-2017)

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:18:40 -0500

With many cities trying to become the next Silicon Valley or tech hubs in their own right, the job site Indeed decided to take a look at where job growth is actually happening. Turns out the same places (think San Francisco) still have a money monopoly on the market. But there are some promising areas. Indeed's chief economist Jed Kolko stops by to break down the site's findings with us. Next, we'll look at Windows' decision to phase out its Paint program, which will be replaced by a 3-D version. The BBC's Zoe Kleinman explains its appeal, and how even professional artists sometimes use it to create illustrations.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/07/25/tech_20170725_pod_64.mp3




07/24/2017: Like LinkedIn, but for musicians

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:06:10 -0500

Advanced artificial intelligence requires small, yet very important components: chips. Google happens to be one of the latest tech companies that's starting to get into the AI chip game. And on today's show, we'll chat with Urs Holzle, senior vice president for technical structure at Google, about why the tech giant is starting to invest in this area. Afterwards, we'll look at a new social media service for musicians that may help create the next Sonny and Cher. 


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/07/24/tech_20170724_pod_64.mp3