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July 17, 2020
The America's Cup, the world's oldest sailing competition, has a reputation for fostering innovation. In 2013, contestants began to use hydrofoils-underwater wings on the hull-to lift their boats out of the water during the race, allowing them to reach highway speeds and revolutionizing the sport. An Olympic sailor and a billionaire oil trader are now reimagining the technology to make passenger ferries faster and more eco-friendly.
July 3, 2020
In recent weeks, protests have erupted in response to police violence against citizens - specifically communities of color - forcing departments to reconsider how officers do their jobs. Police forces have been using tech - like Tasers and body cameras - to try and reduce the use of lethal force and improve accountability. In this episode, we'll explore how emerging technology - like virtual reality training - could improve police training by boosting empathy and tackling racial bias.
June 5, 2020
The tiny, flying creatures carry all sorts of viruses but don't get sick. How do they do that? We meet the researchers who are mapping bat genomes and studying the animal's ability to fend off inflammation. What they find could help humans better combat the next pandemic. Special thanks to Bradley Klein for allowing us to use his bat call sounds. He's given bat walks in New York's Central Park and surrounding areas for more than a decade.
May 22, 2020
Research on a vaccine for the new coronavirus is progressing swiftly because of the legacy of scientists working on past diseases. Some of society's most devastating viruses ended up improving the way we study illness and search for cures. We explore the thread that connects research on polio and the new virus, SARS-CoV-2, and consider whether the pandemic will inform future generations of virologists.
May 8, 2020
Viruses are ubiquitous, found in every crevice on earth. Some, like SARS CoV 2, can end up killing their hosts. But researchers credit ancient viruses with helping us form long term memories. As parts of the world reopen for business, we consider how these little packets of genetic material are not just our enemy, but helped us to evolve. Viruses, it turns out, shaped our genome, and will like be part of our evolutionary future.
April 17, 2020
Artificial Intelligence can speed up research and improve accuracy. Those qualities are also key to suppressing the spread of Covid-19. With the globe clamoring for solutions to the pandemic, institutions, governments, universities and startups are turning to AI to shave precious time off the quest for a Covid-19 cure.
January 29, 2020
The market for hemp-based CBD products is exploding. And China wants in on the potential profits. But CBD is highly regulated in China, and THC is illegal. Will China make room for this lucrative product?
January 15, 2020
The nature of work is evolving. Technology is already an integral part of most jobs, but new developments are changing the way we navigate the workplace. From hiring managers using artificial intelligence and virtual reality, to apps that help workers find their way through maze-like mega offices, the office of tomorrow is already being tested. And lots of people are wondering if technological advancements will keep them working forever.
December 18, 2019
The clues to heredity hidden in our DNA have long been the purview of scientists. But in recent years, commercial DNA tests have made unlocking those secrets cheaper and easily accessible for millions of people. While most just find out about their ancestry, for some, the tests have opened Pandora's box. WSJ's Amy Dockser Marcus introduces us to three different stories of DNA tests with unexpected consequences.
December 4, 2019
For the past few decades, governments in earthquake-prone regions have built up early warning systems. Now, private tech companies are getting into the earthquake business. (Reporters Daniela Hernandez and Robbie Whelan)
November 20, 2019
The global videogame industry is worth an estimated $150 billion-and it's rapidly growing and evolving. As part of the WSJ Tech Live conference, columnist Jason Gay spoke with Andrew Wilson, chief executive of Electronic Arts, the maker of 'Apex Legends,' 'Need for Speed,' 'FIFA' and 'The Sims,' about how esports, mobile gaming on social networks and mixed-reality games are changing the way people play.
November 6, 2019
Artificial intelligence has been compared to electricity, meaning that it will soon be integral to the world as we know it. There's an arms race for global dominance in AI, especially between the U.S. and China. But what do experts in the field have to say? Where are they optimistic, where do they see challenges-and where are they raising red flags?
October 23, 2019
What will keep the engine of tech innovation running in an era of skeptical users and wary regulators? From driverless cars to outer-space colonies, two moonshot thinkers talk about their cutting-edge work and how calculated risks may spark the next giant leap for mankind.
October 9, 2019
Demand for donated organs far outstrips supply. But researchers are working to remedy the crisis using everything from gene-edited pigs to 3D-printed tissue.
September 25, 2019
Advances in gene editing and DNA analysis are allowing parents unprecedented control over the traits their children will inherit. We explore the science-and ethics-behind the movement.
September 11, 2019
Vegetables engineered with the gene-editing technology Crispr are moving closer to supermarket shelves. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided these genetically altered foods won't require a special label. But will they curry favor with consumers?
August 28, 2019
Lyme disease is rampant on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. MIT scientists believe that releasing genetically altered mice on the islands could curb-and even wipe out-the disease. A close look at an unprecedented environmental intervention.
August 14, 2019
In labs around the world, scientists are using gene-editing technology to revive species that disappeared from the face of the Earth long, long ago. In this episode, we talk to the researchers working on a project straight out of science fiction.
July 31, 2019
For decades, we've dreamt of an all-purpose robot that can cater to our every need. Silicon Valley is trying to catch up with that vision. One company is starting with a task already consuming our economy: home delivery.
July 17, 2019
The Apollo program to go to the moon marks the only time humans have left our home planet to set foot on another world. The biggest effect of this voyage was transforming the civilization it left behind.
July 3, 2019
What happens when an injury occurs on a commercial space flight or manned mission to Mars? Meet the scientists and astronauts studying how to keep us safe where routine care is impossible-and the closest hospital is a million miles away.
June 20, 2019
Self-assembly could be a boon for manufacturing in extreme and resource poor environments. Meet the scientist experimenting with the tech to develop adaptive materials and land masses.
June 5, 2019
The duo behind Alexa and Amazon's in-home devices explain what's coming in the next wave of voice technology and machine learning that will power connected homes, search and shopping.
May 22, 2019
As tech giants embrace voice-enabled AI assistants to power purchases, play songs and deliver the weather report, hear the latest on Mica, Magic Leap's AI-powered virtual human, who wants to help you do more.
May 8, 2019
Scientists are looking to Earth's most extreme environments for clues about what alien lifeforms might look like. The data they gather could help future space explorers to understand the origins of life in the universe.
April 24, 2019
In Antarctica, robots are helping scientists explore how life evolves in extreme environments. Such missions are dress-rehearsals for future space exploration to the ice-covered moons of Jupiter and Saturn, where alien life could be thriving.
April 10, 2019
This week, it's all about how we buy stuff and how that stuff gets to us. David, Joanna and Christopher bring on WSJ reporter Katie Bindley to talk about how to make sure you're getting the best deals on Amazon-and all the ways what you see on the page might not be what you think. Next, Julie Jargon, the team's new Family & Tech columnist, comes on to talk about a project she worked on before she took up her new gig: The Journal's Delivery Wars series looked at the tension between customers who want everything on their doorstep and businesses who want to actually make money. Finally, Christopher interviews Yariv Bash, CEO of Flytrex, about whether drones could one day deliver everything we need right into our hands.
March 27, 2019
Encore edition: The wars of the future will be fought in megacities around the world by soldiers connected - and possibly even augmented - by neural implants and AI. In this episode, we examine how military leaders are preparing for a radical shift in combat.
March 13, 2019
Encore edition: Millions of people suffering from mental health issues are left untreated and undiagnosed. In this episode, we meet the psychologists and scientists studying how artificial intelligence can help.
February 27, 2019
Artificial intelligence will change all of our jobs, according to IBM's Chief Executive. But will the technology augment workers or replace them? Ms. Rometty spoke with WSJ Editor in Chief Matt Murray at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
February 13, 2019
Algorithms are the new matchmakers. Apps have turned dating into a game. And unlimited options have confounded digitally savvy singles. We spoke to the technologists and social scientists reshaping romantic connection.
December 19, 2018
Shifting weather patterns and rising temperatures are altering what crops farmers can plant. In the last of a three-part series on climate, we examine how advancements in AI and genetics could help farms battle drought and crop disease.
December 12, 2018
As cattle farmers struggle with rising temperatures, scientists are scrambling to find solutions. In the second of a three-part series on climate, we meet a calf genetically engineered to withstand heat and get a taste of lab-grown beef.
December 5, 2018
Demand for wild seafood is rising-but so is the cost of bringing it ashore. In the first of a three-part series on climate, we meet the fishermen and scientists grappling with warming waters, shifting currents and rapidly changing economics.
November 28, 2018
Encore edition: Kenya and China have rapidly embraced mobile wallets. Why are Americans still reaching for cash and credit cards? We speak to the experts and explore a future where making a payment could be as easy as nodding your head.
November 17, 2018
The WSJ's David Pierce sits down with David Limp, Amazon's Senior Vice President of Devices and Services, to discuss Alexa's next moves. Plus, an inside look at how Amazon chose its newest headquarter locations.
November 15, 2018
Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive of the ridesharing giant, talks with the WSJ's Gerard Baker about expanding Uber's reach, fixing its work culture and setting the course for an initial public offering.
November 15, 2018
Instagram Co-Founder Kevin Systrom sits down with Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Matt Murray to discuss social media's evolution amid increased content scrutiny.
November 15, 2018
The WSJ's Jason Anders sits down with Ruth Porat, CFO of Alphabet and Google, to discuss Google's equity culture, collaborating with the military and understanding AI bias.
November 14, 2018
The WSJ's Jason Anders sits down with Richard Clemmer of NXP Semiconductors and Renee J. James of Ampere to discuss life in the fast-paced semiconductor industry, the impact of U.S.-China relations and the future of computing.
November 14, 2018
The global race for autonomous vehicles is on-but roadblocks lie ahead. Waymo CEO John Krafcik tells WSJ's Jamie Heller about his company's plans to launch a commercial self-driving car service in the coming months.
November 7, 2018
Advances in gene editing and DNA analysis are allowing parents unprecedented control over the traits their children will inherit. In this episode, we explore the science-and ethics-behind the movement.
October 31, 2018
The days of diamond mining may be numbered, and lab-grown stones have become almost indistinguishable from those pulled from the earth. In this episode, we talk to the diamond dealers and growers hedging against a future in which the mines run dry.
October 24, 2018
The wars of the future will be fought in megacities around the world by soldiers connected - and possibly even augmented - by neural implants and AI. In this episode, we examine how military leaders are preparing for a radical shift in combat.
October 17, 2018
The restaurant industry is embracing automation, from robot-staffed espresso bars to fully automated burger chefs. In this episode, we explore what this means for workers, diners and--most importantly--the quality of our food.
October 10, 2018
In labs around the world, scientists are using gene-editing technology to revive species that disappeared from the face of the earth long, long ago. In this episode, we talk to the researchers working on a project straight out of science fiction.
October 3, 2018
Football-playing robots. Algorithmic umpires. Neurological performance enhancement. In this episode, we look at how science and technology are reshaping the playing field - and how these advances could benefit life beyond sports.
September 26, 2018
Agriculture is turning to automation as it grapples with growing demand and a shrinking labor force. In this episode, we meet the robots making farms more efficient.
September 19, 2018
In this episode, we watch hackers compromise voting machines and hear from technologists hoping to safeguard democracy with help from blockchain and mobile voting. Can tech protect our democratic process from foreign interference?
September 12, 2018
The construction industry has remained essentially unchanged since the invention of the nail gun. But can a labor shortage force builders to embrace technology? In this episode, how drones, automation and prefabrication are changing housing.
September 5, 2018
Billions of people around the world include protein-rich bugs in their diet. But are crickets really a sustainable alternative to chicken? This episode, we talk to the scientists and startup founders looking to put bugs in everything we eat.
August 22, 2018
Encore edition: What happens when antibiotics stop working? With drug-resistant infections on the rise, scientists are scrambling to develop new weapons in the fight against evolved bacteria-from cutting-edge diagnostic tests to revolutionary gene-editing techniques. Programming note: All new episodes resume in early September.
August 15, 2018
Urban areas around the world are increasingly equipped with sensors to track-and control-everything from traffic patterns to wastewater. But this increased connectivity and data collection opens us up to devastating hacks and unwanted surveillance.
August 8, 2018
What if our homes took care of us and not the other way around? In this episode, a look inside the smart homes that could transform everything from entertaining to eldercare.
August 1, 2018
What happens when an injury occurs on a commercial space flight or manned mission to Mars? Meet the scientists and astronauts studying how to keep us safe where routine care is impossible--and the closest hospital is a million miles away.
July 25, 2018
Lyme disease is rampant on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. MIT scientists believe that releasing genetically altered mice on the islands could curb-and even wipe out-the disease. A close look at an unprecedented environmental intervention.
July 18, 2018
Millions of people suffering from mental health issues are left untreated and undiagnosed. In this episode, we meet the psychologists and scientists studying how artificial intelligence can help.
July 11, 2018
When a deadly E.coli outbreak sickened hundreds, it took investigators months to determine the source. In this episode, we look at how sensors, digital ledgers, and genome sequencing could reduce that window to seconds-and make our food supply safer.
July 4, 2018
Rebroadcast: Adidas sneakers made from vegan spider silk. Mushroom-based Dell computer packaging. Today, biofabrication--the science of growing raw materials in a lab--is producing everything from furniture to fabric.
June 27, 2018
Foreign governments are targeting our information, our infrastructure and even our democracy. But what constitutes an act of war in the digital age? When does espionage become an outright attack? Meet the soldiers in the fight for cyber security.
June 20, 2018
Countries such as Kenya and China have rapidly embraced mobile wallets. So why are Americans still reaching for cash and credit cards? We speak to the experts and explore a future where making a payment could be as easy as nodding your head.
June 13, 2018
As much as a third of seafood sold in the U.S. is mislabeled. But can technology and tracking keep the industry honest? Meet the fishermen, chefs and government agents working to ensure that the fish on your plate is the one you ordered.
June 6, 2018
Today, paraplegics can move robotic limbs using only their thoughts. But when it comes to our understanding of how the brain works, we still have a long way to go. Meet the scientists attempting to hack the world's most complex computer.
May 23, 2018
Vegetables engineered with the gene-editing technology Crispr are moving closer to supermarket shelves. But will these genetically altered foods carry labels to alert consumers? Or is gene editing, as some scientists argue, just a way to speed up evolution?
May 17, 2018
Restauranteur Kimbal Musk wants to feed America with hyper-local produce and robot-equipped kitchens. Anya Fernald, CEO of Belcampo, is rethinking the way animals are raised and slaughtered. We asked them how we'll be eating in the years ahead.
May 16, 2018
How will we travel to outer space? And what will we do when get there? Relativity Space CEO Tim Ellis and TransAstra founder Joel C. Sercel explain how everything from 3D-printed rockets to asteroid mining will help us explore, live and work in the final frontier.
May 12, 2018
There's a record wealth gap in the U.S. today. Entrepreneur and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes says it's time to talk about providing at least $500 a month to every American worker making less than $50,000 a year.
May 12, 2018
The actress and activist was joined by Tina Tchen, a partner at Buckley Sandler and leader of the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, to discuss the far-reaching effects of the #metoo movement.
May 11, 2018
Today, natural wine dominates the cellars of forward-thinking restaurants and collectors. But what is it exactly? And why is it suddenly everywhere? We asked Isabelle Legeron, founder of the RAW Wine Fairs, and Jordan Salcito, director of wine special projects at Momofuku, to explain why ancient winemaking techniques could be the industry's future.
May 10, 2018
Join the team from WSJ's Heard on the Street for a look at China's futuristic adoption of digital payments and cashless transactions.
May 10, 2018
Can digital payments make physical currency a thing of the past? Cryptpocurrency pioneer Charlie Shrem, founder of Crypto.IQ, says it's only a matter of time.
May 10, 2018
Twenty years after losing to Deep Blue, the former world chess champion says that intelligent machines will promote their human makers to management rather than replace them.
May 9, 2018
Amy Webb calls herself a quantitative futurist. A professor at NYU's Stern School of Business, she uses her knowledge of game theory, sociology, programming and economics to imagine what's next. And she's deeply concerned about the lack of controls around artificial intelligence.
May 9, 2018
Beauty and wellness are more than just a state of mind. They're also big business. From next-gen wearables and 3-D printed skin to products serving all shades of society, we look at how the beauty industry's future is more than just skin deep.
May 2, 2018
From big banks to diamond dealers, companies are experimenting with blockchain, an open and distributed ledger, to make transactions more transparent and trustworthy. Could this technology mean the end of cooked books?
April 25, 2018
Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence and big data, voice assistants like Siri and Alexa touch more of our lives than ever before. But what happens when these relationships become personal? And could a smart speaker be used to outsmart us?
April 18, 2018
Demand for donated organs far outstrips supply. But researchers are working to remedy the crisis using everything from gene-edited pigs to 3D-printed tissue.
April 11, 2018
Crime involving digital currencies has skyrocketed in lockstep with their valuations. From bitcoin stickups to global money laundering, tech-savvy criminals are becoming increasingly anonymous. And law enforcement is scrambling to keep up.
April 3, 2018
The world's first test-tube baby turns 40 this year, but human reproduction is still one of medical science's great mysteries. From artificial sperm to AI-powered analysis of embryos, a look at how science is changing the way we make babies.
February 27, 2018
AI is already helping decide who gets a job or whether somebody gets out of jail. But how objective are the algorithms behind these often life-altering decisions? And what happens when technology inherits all the biases of its creators?
February 14, 2018
Companies and countries are battling to create the first universal quantum computer - a machine so powerful it could crack our current methods of encryption. In part-two of our series, we go inside the labs racing to bring us into the quantum age.
February 7, 2018
Quantum computers are no longer the stuff of science fiction. In the first of a two-part series, we talk to industry executives who are experimenting with this revolutionary technology and take you inside a lab racing to make it a reality.
January 24, 2018
For decades, music producers worked behind the scenes, supporting artists in the studio and shaping their hits. In the age of streaming, will the old-school record producer become obsolete?
December 27, 2017
In our inaugural year, we explored everything from urban farms to space law to Wall Street quants and 3-D printing. Highlights as we traveled in search of groundbreaking trends in science and technology.
December 20, 2017
Who's responsible for a driverless car crash? How does a bank protect itself against the reputational damage of a cyber attack? An in-depth look at how big data and new technologies are changing the way insurance companies assess new risks.
December 5, 2017
What happens when antibiotics stop working? With drug-resistant infections on the rise, scientists are scrambling to develop new weapons in the fight against evolved bacteria-from cutting-edge diagnostic tests to revolutionary gene-editing techniques.
November 21, 2017
Brick-and-mortar store closures could result in one billion square feet of empty retail space. From modern art installations to stores with nothing for sale, a look at how brands are attempting to fill the void.
November 8, 2017
Digital, decentralized money is quickly coming of age. What began as an experiment from a mysterious internet persona has become a force to be reckoned with, prompting banks to adapt. But how does cryptocurrency work? And where is it headed?
October 25, 2017
Scientists are gathering new forms of data to deliver increasingly accurate hurricane predictions. But since technology cannot solve the problem of hurricanes, what happens in the wake of a storm?
October 13, 2017
How can technology fight deadly hurricanes? Can modern medicine defeat superbugs? What's the future of bitcoin? Will retailers survive the digital age? Join Jennifer Strong as she looks at science and technology shaping our lives today, tomorrow and beyond.
August 29, 2017
Today it's mostly prototypes and plastic trinkets. But additive manufacturing - aka 3-D printing - is poised to produce everything from airplane parts and auto bodies to sneaker soles and human organs.
June 30, 2017
Quantitative models, and the investors who build them, are the new kings of Wall Street. But their rise has ramifications for everything from daily trading to how companies themselves are run.
June 23, 2017
Adidas sneakers made from vegan spider silk. Mushroom-based Dell computer packaging. Today, biofabrication--the science of growing raw materials in a lab--is producing everything from furniture to fabric.
June 16, 2017
A comprehensive look at how the food we throw out daily could instead change the world for the better, featuring Anthony Bourdain, chef Massimo Bottura and Global Citizen's version of an Ed Sheeran song.
June 9, 2017
Engineers of artificial intelligence are using videogames to teach machines about humans and our world. And it's working. Autonomous vehicles may someday save lives using skills learned from popular games like 'Grand Theft Auto."
June 2, 2017
Meet the next generation of very friendly robots: a battery-powered cat that helps with eldercare, a smart grocery cart that carries your purchases, a social robot that recognizes your face when you enter the room.
May 19, 2017
Outer space is starting to look like the Wild West. As more and more private businesses seek profits in the final frontier, serious questions are emerging about the legality of their plans. Who will write the rules beyond Earth?
May 19, 2017
Americans love tech. Americans love guns. But high-tech guns? The subject remains incredibly controversial and the debate is more complex than tech-savvy versus tech-phobic. We unveil the latest smart gun aimed at the U.S. market.
May 19, 2017
Is the boutique burger scene ready for vegan patties that bleed like meat? What about chicken and beef grown in tanks? With the global population expected to exceed 9-billion by 2050, scientists and executives are looking for sustainable and delicious ways to replicate meat.
May 19, 2017
Imagine walking around your office with a tray as you harvest vegetables for your company's cafeteria. How about a grocery store where the produce is grown upstairs? Or a refurbished shipping container with the growing power of two acres of farmland? All of these exist. With urban populations likely to explode in the coming decades, what is the future of farming?
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