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Marketplace Tech with Molly Wood



Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood helps listeners understand the business behind the technology that's rewiring our lives. From how tech is changing the nature of work to the unknowns of venture capital to the economics of outer space, this weekday show br



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10/19/2017: How venture capital gets its funding

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:30:00 -0500

The tech industry’s economy hinges on venture capital. But what does venture capital’s economy hinge on? Private corporations, city entities and universities. These groups, called limited partners, fund firms with endowment money and pension funds, or part of your paycheck. On this episode of Marketplace Tech, we look into the world of limited partners.


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https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/10/19/tech_20171019_pod_128.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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https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/codebreaker/2016/11/14/codebreaker_20161130_e3_411_20161114_128.mp3




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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https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/codebreaker/2016/11/14/codebreaker_20161123_e2_322_20161114_128.mp3




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.


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




10/18/2017: Imagining romance with a robot

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:30:00 -0500

Ever since we started imagining robots, we’ve pictured them looking like humans. There are researchers who think androids are going to a part of our future. They’re developing robots that could become our caretakers, best friends and maybe even our lovers. Marketplace Tech’s Molly Wood talks with author Alex Mar, who profiled a designer who studies human intimacy and interaction with robots.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/10/18/tech_20171018_pod_128.mp3




10/17/2017: Small, cheap satellites could bring us closer to broadband for all

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:30:00 -0500

In the past few years, venture capitalists have invested more than $1.6 billion into companies working with low-earth orbit technology. Some of those companies are making small satellites that orbit closer to Earth than traditional ones. The goal: to blanket Earth with broadband internet and gather data on the planet. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talks to the innovators behind this mission.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/10/17/tech_20171017_pod_128.mp3




10/16/2017: The smartphone duopoly: Apple vs. Android

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:30:00 -0500

Microsoft recently announced that it’s doing away with its Windows Phone operating system. That basically leaves consumers with two options: iPhone or Android. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talks with Julie Ask, a principal analyst at Forrester Research, about how the smartphone industry got here and what it would take for a third player to enter the market. 


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/10/16/tech_20171016_pod_128.mp3




10/13/2017: Tracking weather from space to Earth to your smartphone

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 05:30:00 -0500

To find out how your trusted weather app gets its intel, look no further than the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Virginia outpost of NOAA has huge disks on its roof that pull in information from the satellites floating in space, and a massive server room where all of the data they collect gets stored and sent out. Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams took a tour of the building with Bill Carter, who’s in charge of ground systems and maintenance.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/10/13/tech_20171013_pod_128.mp3




10/12/2017: A computer science "genius" on why we haven't fixed cybersecurity

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 05:30:00 -0500

From data breaches to global cyberwarfare, it’s clear cybersecurity isn’t really working. And not even a newly minted MacArthur fellow can tell us why. What he can tell us: Advice like creating long, complicated passwords might not make a big difference in the end. Marketplace Tech’s Molly Wood talks with Stefan Savage about what we can do to make cybersecurity better.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/10/12/tech_20171012_pod_128.mp3




10/11/2017: Someday we'll be superintelligent. How do we get there?

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 05:30:00 -0500

Machines are getting stronger and smarter. They may soon be our competitors and colleagues in the workforce. What would happen if we used them to enhance our own brains? Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talks with Nick Bostrom, director of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, about what would happen if artificial and human intelligence met.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/10/11/tech_20171011_pod_128.mp3




10/10/2017: Re-evaluating the economics of tech

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 05:30:00 -0500

It’s safe to say that we’re becoming increasingly afraid of tech. Algorithms and ad platforms are feeding us information we can’t trust, companies are storing and sharing our personal data and robots might be coming for our jobs. Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, is a futurist who wrote the new book “WTF: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us.” Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talks to him about how tech could do better.


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https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/10/10/tech_20171010_pod_128.mp3




10/09/2017: What LinkedIn can tell us about the economy that the government can't

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 05:32:00 -0500

The Labor Department released its monthly jobs report on Friday, and in September, for the first time in seven years, we lost jobs — 33,000 of them. But the government isn’t the only entity tracking the workforce. LinkedIn data show that hiring was on the upswing in September. So who’s right here? It turns out, both may be. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talks with Guy Berger, an economist with LinkedIn, about how the company gets its data.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/10/09/tech_20171009_pod_128.mp3




10/06/2017: Social media and the fight against fake news

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 05:30:00 -0500

After this week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, both Google and Facebook promoted false news stories about the massacre. Both platforms took down the stories, but not before they were widely shared. Today on Marketplace Tech, we look at how fake news is promoted and why algorithms might not be enough to stop it.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/10/06/tech_20171006_pod_128.mp3




10/05/2017: Have an old Yahoo account? You've been hacked.

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 06:23:00 -0500

If you had a Yahoo account in 2013, it was hacked. Verizon, which now owns Yahoo, announced this week that all three billion of Yahoo’s accounts were hacked. Yahoo had previously said only one-third of user accounts were affected. Why is the company just figuring this out now? On today’s show, we talk to Chester Wisniewski, a senior security researcher at Sophos, a network security company, about what happened and what you can do if you were affected.


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https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/10/05/tech_20171005_pod_128.mp3




10/04/2017: What if everyone knew how to code?

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 05:30:00 -0500

There’s a lot of talk about smart machines taking our jobs. But AI pioneer Andrew Ng thinks we should focus on programming those smart machines in the first place. Ng is the co-founder of the massive online open course company Coursera. This fall, Coursera is offering classes in deep learning, a type of artificial intelligence. We ask Ng: In the future, will the world be split into two kinds of people — those who know how to code and those who don’t?


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/10/04/tech_20171004_pod_128.mp3




10/03/2017: Congress considers preparing for wars in space

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 05:42:00 -0500

The National Defense Authorization Act specifies the budget every year for the Department of Defense. The House and Senate have each passed different versions of it. One major difference between the two: the House version includes funding for the militarization of space through a new military branch called the Space Corps. Molly Wood talks with Marketplace's Kimberly Adams about what it might look like.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/10/03/tech_20171003_pod_128.mp3




10/02/2017: One startup's alternative to credit card debt

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 05:40:00 -0500

Almost 40 percent of American households have some kind of credit card debt. A startup called Affirm wants to provide an alternative. It partners with stores to offer loans for when you make a big purchase, like a mattress or a bike. Affirm was started by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talks with him about the project and his own early borrowing mistakes. 


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/10/02/tech_20171002_pod_128.mp3




09/29/2017: Our love-hate relationship with Big Tech

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 05:47:00 -0500

Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple are four of tech’s most powerful brands. But have they become too powerful? And is regulation the only way to stop them? Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talks with Scott Galloway, a marketing professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, about how these companies grew to global dominance and our love-hate relationship with them.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/09/29/tech_20170929_pod_128.mp3




09/28/2017: How Amazon cuts into hair salons' profits

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 05:30:00 -0500

By now we are all very aware of the Amazon effect: how Amazon is changing the retail industry. But it’s reaching businesses you may not expect. One is high-end hair salons, which used to make big profits from selling products like luxury shampoo and styling sprays. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood looks into how online sellers have cut into the business of hair.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/09/28/tech_20170928_pod_128.mp3




09/27/2017: Why language matters in closing the diversity gap

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 06:51:00 -0500

The tech industry has a diversity problem. Silicon Valley has had a wave of sexual harassment scandals in recent months. And only 18 percent of computer graduates nationwide are women. But at Harvey Mudd College, women make up half of all computer grads. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talks to Harvey Mudd President Maria Klawe about how we got here and what we need to do to close the diversity gap.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/09/27/tech_20170927_pod_128.mp3




09/26/2017: How space tech makes its way down to Earth

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:30:00 -0500

There is a lot of technology created for use in space that also finds applications here on Earth. One is radar technology that can hear human heartbeats underneath rock and dust. It’s being used to search for survivors after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City last week. Tech like this gets licensed to private companies through a NASA spinoff program. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talks to Dan Lockney, who leads the Technology Transfer Program.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/09/26/tech_20170926_pod_128.mp3




09/25/2017: The ethical choices facing Facebook

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 05:35:00 -0500

Politicians, the public and regulators are all starting to see the power of social media companies. Particularly Facebook. That company said last week it would give Congress thousands of political ads linked to a possible Russian propaganda campaign. Facebook will also update its ad technology to try to keep political advertising in check. But it's looking more and more like Facebook's days of sell first, apologize later could be coming to an end. We talk about the social pressure on Facebook to change.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/09/25/tech_20170925_pod_128.mp3




09/22/2017: Explaining the risky and unregulated world of initial coin offerings

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:41:00 -0500

There are whole new systems of money being traded in the digital world. Companies can create their own cryptocurrency and sell it to the public in an initial coin offering. But these offerings are unregulated and risky. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talks to Kevin Werbach from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School about how initial coin offerings work.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/09/22/tech_20170922_pod_128.mp3




09/21/17: After the cart is full: What it's like to work in e-retail

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:30:00 -0500

As the demand for online retail grows, so do warehouse and fulfillment centers. But most of us who order stuff online don’t actually know what goes into getting a product off a shelf, into a box and to our door. On today’s episode of Marketplace Tech, we follow Veronica Mena, a warehouse supervisor for the online store Boxed to see what goes into packing your shipments of bulk toilet paper and how automation is changing the industry.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/09/21/tech_20170921_pod_128.mp3




09/20/2017: Is it too late for data regulation?

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:35:00 -0500

Some 143 million people had their personal information stolen in the Equifax data breach. And that has a lot of us asking: How did we get here? Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talks to Nancy Kim, who teaches internet studies at California Western School of Law, about why regulating data collection is so hard. And we hear from a few New Yorkers about their data security worries — or lack of them.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/09/20/tech_20170920_pod_128.mp3




09/19/2017: How getting paid in stock may have changed the housing market

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:48:00 -0500

When a city becomes a tech hub, it usually also becomes a bubble: a housing bubble, a pay bubble and an industry bubble, to name a few. The tech world talks about these bubbles like they’re inevitable. But what if they aren't? Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talks to Seattle-based Glenn Kelman, who is the CEO of the real estate site Redfin, about tech employees’ stock payouts and how reporting them properly could distribute wealth more evenly throughout the country.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/APM-MarketplaceTechReport/play.publicradio.org/rss/d/podcast/marketplace/tech_report/2017/09/19/tech_20170919_pod_128.mp3