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December 16, 2019
In the final episode of Chips with Everything, Jordan Erica Webber and Alex Hern reminisce about their favourite episodes from the last couple of years. Plus, as the decade draws to a close, the duo discuss their favourite tech stories of the past 10 years. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
December 9, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber looks at how Twitter’s plans to deactivate unused accounts raised a broader conversation around the intersection of technology and death. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
December 2, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber looks into the recent setbacks for Uber and Airbnb in cities such as London and Toronto. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
November 25, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber chats to the man behind the Hide the Pain Harold meme, and Elle Hunt explains why a person’s face might gain notoriety. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
November 18, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber looks at the pros and cons of mental health apps. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
November 11, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber talks to undercover reporter Katarzyna Pruszkiewicz, who spent six months working in a PR firm in Poland, where she was told to promote controversial content that would influence people through a fake, rightwing Twitter account. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
November 4, 2019
Kari Paul and Alex Hern join Jordan Erica Webber to discuss how the big social media platforms are tackling the sticky issue of political adverts. Dr Kate Dommett also talks about how UK political parties could use or misuse social media as they launch their general election campaigns.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
October 28, 2019
The web domain democracy.com went up for auction last week with an asking price of at least $300,000 (£233,000). This week, Jordan Erica Webber looks at what makes a few words in a web browser worth thousands, if not millions of dollars. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
October 21, 2019
As part of the Guardian’s Automating Poverty series, Robert Booth looked at how and why the Department for Work and Pensions in the UK is increasing investment in testing artificial intelligence to assess benefits claims. He talks to Jordan Erica Webber about his findings. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
October 14, 2019
Ministers from several countries have written an open letter to the Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, asking him not to fully encrypt all of the company’s messaging services. This week, Jordan Erica Webber talks to the Guardian’s tech reporter Julia Carrie Wong and the security expert Alan Woodward about the implications of restricting end-to-end encryption. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
October 7, 2019
Ada Lovelace Day is in its 10th year, and to mark it, Jordan Erica Webber is joined by the founder of the event, Suw Charman-Anderson, to talk about why we need to do more to help support women working in STEM. She also talks to Dr Tilly Blyth, the head of collections and principal curator at the Science Museum in London, to learn more about why Ada Lovelace was a mathematician ahead of her time. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
September 30, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber chats to New York Times reporter Mike Isaac about Super Pumped, his new book on the rise and fall of Travis Kalanick. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
September 23, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber looks into the rise of identity politics in online dating. In this episode we hear from the journalist Rainesford Stauffer, dating expert Dr Jess Carbino and Tinder’s election bot creator, Yara Rodrigues Fowler. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
September 16, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber is joined by Richard Sprenger, who recently went to Los Angeles to learn more about a new summer camp that aims to teach six to 10-year-olds how to become the next YouTube sensation.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
September 9, 2019
This week Jordan Erica Webber is joined by Alex Hern, as they look at the scandal that rocked the voice assistant world, and ask whether or not we can trust that voice assistants aren’t eavesdropping on our most private moments. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
September 2, 2019
Kashmiris have not had access to the internet for nearly a month. The blackout, from the start of August, is the 77th of the year so far in India. Jordan Erica Webber looks at the personal, legal and societal fallout of government-ordered shutdowns around the world. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
August 26, 2019
The Guardian’s UK tech editor, Alex Hern, joins Jordan Erica Webber to discuss the imminent end to the iTunes store as we know it. They also take a nostalgic look at some of the other software we’ve lost. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
August 19, 2019
This week, Jordan Erica Webber talks to Anna, whose ex-partner surveilled her every move by using ‘stalkerware’ apps. Jordan also talks to MIT Technology Review journalist Charlotte Jee about what tech companies like Apple and Google could be doing to stop the proliferation of these apps. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
August 12, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber talks to Julia Carrie Wong about the extremist message board 8chan after the suspect in the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, used the website to post a manifesto on why he targeted those he murdered. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
August 5, 2019
This week, Jordan Erica Webber talks to Kate Eichhorn about her new book The End of Forgetting: Growing up with Social Media, which explores the dangers facing young people who may find it difficult to distance themselves from their pasts, long into the future. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
July 29, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber chats to Fabian Wosar, a renowned anti-ransomware expert, who has worked on thousands of cases during his career. The victims that Fabian helps love him. The ransomware hackers he thwarts – not so much. He talks about the sacrifices he has made for the job he loves. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
July 22, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber talks to Laura Hudson, who wrote about video game producers making games that present players with situations where a character might choose to have an abortion. She also chats to Mary Flanagan of Tiltfactor about the potential impact games can have on changing opinions. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
July 15, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber teams up with Science Weekly host Ian Sample to find out more about how companies use various techniques to trick us into buying something we may never have needed, or wanted. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
July 8, 2019
With the launch of the Facebook cryptocurrency Libra, Jordan Erica Webber revisits an old Chips episode looking at how artists are using blockchain to answer the big questions, like ‘what is the value of a human life?’. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
July 1, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber looks at why some people, such as Carlos Maza, say YouTube needs to do more to protect minorities from hate speech. The Guardian’s UK technology editor, Alex Hern, joins in on the conversation. Note added 1 July 2019: Due to a communication mix-up, we erroneously stated in the first airing of this episode that Google, of which YouTube is a subsidiary, did not respond to our request for comment. The company did respond, citing their official blog post on the subject matter of this episode - read it here. Suggestions that Google did not respond have been omitted.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
June 24, 2019
Leyland Cecco and Lilian Edwards join Jordan Erica Webber to talk about the latest delays in plans to build a smart neighbourhood in Toronto.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
June 17, 2019
The Pokémon Company has announced the 2020 launch of Pokémon Sleep, a mobile game that will reward users based on how well they slumber. Jordan Erica Webber looks at why sleep experts are worried about the idea. She is joined by Dale Berning Sawa and Laura Dale. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
June 10, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber chats to Addie Wagenknecht, who is using the YouTube algorithm to her advantage by teaching cybersecurity tips while reviewing beauty products. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
June 3, 2019
A couple of years ago, Hussein Kesvani started receiving anti-Islam messages from a Twitter account called True Brit. A few months later, he travelled to meet the man behind the account. Jordan Erica Webber chats to him about what that was like, as well as his new book Follow Me, Akhi, which looks at how the newest generation of British Muslims are growing up in the digital age.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
May 27, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber and Graihagh Jackson team up for the latest instalment of Science with Everything to look at the history and potential future of weather forecasting. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
May 20, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber chats to the authors of a new book which looks into why human emotions have changed so drastically in the last couple of centuries. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
May 13, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber talks to the co-host of Grindfest, a festival for which dozens of fans of a type of body modification called ‘grinding’ travelled to the Tehachapi mountains in California. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
May 6, 2019
After Google’s decision to scrap its new AI ethics council, Jordan Erica Webber revisits a Chips episode from last summer that looked at Google’s AI objectives. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
April 29, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber talks to psychologist Pete Etchells about his new book, which explores both his personal relationship with video games and how society views – and could learn to view – this form of entertainment.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
April 22, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber looks at a local crime brief that defied Facebook’s 2018 algorithm change, one that promised to transform users’ news feeds.. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
April 15, 2019
This week Jordan Erica Webber and Graihagh Jackson team up to examine the environmental price tag of the fast fashion phenomenon and explore how technology could hold the key to a more sustainable system. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
April 8, 2019
This week, Jordan Erica Webber catches up on recent internet-related laws that she fears are getting lost in the shadow of Brexit. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
April 1, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber chats to Max Benwell about how he managed to track down the person using his photos to deceive women, and what happened when he got them on the phone. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
March 27, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber is joined by the product manager for the Guardian Voice Lab about a new type of technology it has built. It’s called the Guardian Briefing. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
March 25, 2019
Alex Hern speaks to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, 30 years after the computer engineer sent the proposal for what would become the world wide web. Jordan Erica Webber chats to Elle Hunt and Alex about their earliest memories of using the web. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
March 18, 2019
To celebrate 60 years of Barbie, Jordan Erica Webber looks back at some of the key moments in the history of the world-famous doll, and examines how Barbie became a representative of the tech world. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
March 11, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber teams up with Nicola Davis to look at the gender data gap in both big tech and science, and the dangerous repercussions for women in a world built for men. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
March 4, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber talks to Douglas Rushkoff about his new book, Team Human, a call to arms for people to start working together. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
February 25, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber reports on the people who work behind the scenes to elevate an individual to the role of true Instagram influencer. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/chipspod
February 18, 2019
As Facebook turns 15, Jordan Erica Webber explores how the social media giant has transformed over the years
February 11, 2019
In this Valentine’s week special, Jordan Erica Webber looks at whether apps have helped or hindered the art of dating
February 8, 2019
Crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe have shown just how generous people can be towards complete strangers. Jordan Erica Webber looks at why humans are so willing to trust people they don’t know online.
February 1, 2019
We look at what to expect when 5G is rolled out in 2020 and how it could both help and hinder our lives
January 25, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber chats to roboticist Heather Knight about why she builds performing robots. What can cyborg cabaret and robot standups teach us about human-robot interaction?
January 18, 2019
In our latest collaboration, Jordan Erica Webber teams up with Ian Sample of the Guardian’s Science Weekly podcast to look at why artwork produced using AI is forcing us to confront how we define creativity
January 11, 2019
Jordan Erica Webber looks at why a rapper, an actor and a teenage viral sensation have launched lawsuits against Epic Games for allegedly making money off their dance moves
January 4, 2019
Almost two decades after the millennium bug failed to bite, Jordan Erica Webber looks at the potential consequences for big tech of the end of another era: Emperor Akihito’s reign in Japan
December 28, 2018
Jordan Erica Webber and the Guardian’s UK tech editor explore the biggest stories of 2018 and consider what 2019 may have in store
December 21, 2018
In this Christmas special, Jordan Erica Webber learns how to track Santa using satellites and jet fighters as he journeys around the world bringing presents to millions of children
December 14, 2018
Jordan Erica Webber looks at why it’s difficult to be a game developer in Pakistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina
December 7, 2018
Jordan Erica Webber explores the sometimes controversial world of holograms, from lessons taught by absent academics, to celebrities returning to the stage, even after their death
November 30, 2018
Jordan Erica Webber dives down to the ocean floor to look at the fibre-optic cables that carry nearly 99% of all transoceanic data traffic
November 23, 2018
In this collaboration between the Guardian’s Science Weekly and Chips with Everything podcasts, we explore whether we will ever be able to build an intelligent machine to detect our lies. And if we did, could we trust it?
November 16, 2018
Jordan Erica Webber meets the academics disproving the unsociable gamer stereotype and discovers how one game is helping scientists learn more about dementia
November 9, 2018
Jordan Erica Webber talks to two Mozilla Festival speakers who are trying different ways to teach individuals how to take back the internet and make it a trustworthy space again
November 2, 2018
Author Adrienne Mayor discusses the myths that contained the first blueprints for artificial intelligence
October 26, 2018
Jordan Erica Webber finds out how two scientists are employing green technology in very different ways to help curb environmental issues
October 19, 2018
Jordan Erica Webber asks robot maker and innovator Simone Giertz why she dislikes the robots she makes. And how digital technology might be useful for managing our wellbeing
October 12, 2018
Is the brave new digital world affecting our politics? Could it render democracy obsolete? Jamie Bartlett joins Jordan Erica Webber to discuss
October 5, 2018
Can the messy and complex world we live in be reduced to algorithms? And should we even try? Mathematician and lecturer Hannah Fry attempts to answer all this and more
September 28, 2018
Jordan Erica Webber looks at how the rise of the internet has put a strain on democracy
September 21, 2018
Jordan Erica Webber talks to Dr Kate Devlin about how sex robot owners seek conversation as much as pleasure
September 14, 2018
Jordan Erica Webber looks at why people are using the medium of video games to depict the real life terrors of modern war
September 7, 2018
Jordan Erica Webber looks at the battle to regulate 3D printing, a technology that can print untraceable guns and build homes
August 31, 2018
Jordan Erica Webber delves into the murky world of pirate radio, from the first black radio station to broadcast in the UK to the rise in popularity of Haitian radio in Brooklyn
August 24, 2018
Jordan Erica Webber looks at how artists are using blockchain technology to answer some of life’s most pertinent questions.
August 17, 2018
Jordan Erica Webber delves into the world of the virtual celebrity, from live concert performances to social-media influencers
August 10, 2018
In this special collaboration between the Guardian’s Science Weekly and Chips with Everything podcasts, we explore why it’s so hard to mimic nature
August 3, 2018
What happens when our smart toaster and smart fridge tech is scaled up to create entire smart cities – and what are the limits to this expansion?
July 27, 2018
The movie industry has seen tech advances since its inception. But do audiences really want to have a say in a film’s plot?
July 20, 2018
In July 2018 a Dutch company showcased what it calls the first ever flying car already fit for purpose, at the Farnborough Airshow. But do we need flying cars in our lives?
July 13, 2018
David E Sanger, national security correspondent for the New York Times , speaks about his new book: The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage and Fear in the Cyber Age
July 6, 2018
Academics and scientists are struggling to find ways to tackle the latest form of online sexual abuse
June 29, 2018
In June 2018, the World Health Organization released its latest version of the ICD-11. Among the new mental health disorders? Gaming disorder
June 22, 2018
Jordan Erica Webber chats to a panel of artificial intelligence experts about what Sundar Pichai’s seven objectives could mean in practice
June 15, 2018
Jordan Erica Webber looks at what is currently happening in the world of space technology, including the burgeoning issue of space pollution
June 8, 2018
An exhibition in London looked at how digital touch technologies could reconnect a person in care with their loved ones
June 1, 2018
Jordan Erica Webber questions the significance of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s video game-themed concert
May 25, 2018
The General Data Protection Regulation is coming into into force. Jordan Erica Webber finds out how the deluge of emails could be a health hazard
May 18, 2018
Scientists in Seoul have built a robot tortoise to help teach children not to ill-treat robots. Jordan Erica Webber investigates the ethical issues surrounding the advance of AI
May 11, 2018
US investigators recently tracked down the suspect of a 40-year-old murder case after uploading DNA to a genealogy website. Jordan Erica Webber weighs up the pros of finding ancestors with the cons of selling privacy
May 4, 2018
This week, Jordan Erica Webber looks at how children are getting involved in maker culture and building their own adventure
April 27, 2018
In late April Google announced it was getting more serious about podcasts with an interesting new strategy. Alex Hern looks at why tech platforms are so eager to master the podcast industry
April 20, 2018
In April 2018, Google lost a landmark case against a businessman who used his ‘right to be forgotten’ to have links to a previous conviction taken down from the search engine. Jordan Erica Webber discusses the importance of this case and looks ahead at the coming era of General Data Protection Regulation
April 13, 2018
This week, Jordan Erica Webber looks into reports that YouTube Kids might create an algorithm-free platform to prevent children viewing inappropriate content by clicking on seemingly benign video suggestions
April 6, 2018
An OECD report suggests robots could soon take 66m jobs from humans. That isn’t as bad as previously expected. But who will be first to lose their jobs to machines?
March 30, 2018
Scandals are rife in Silicon Valley and its greatest minds not as popular as when they first created some of the world’s most impressive technology. Jordan Erica Webber asks why
March 23, 2018
Jordan Erica Webber has her reservations when it comes to virtual reality in gaming. This week she battles with motion sickness and visits a VR arcade in London to see if her mind can be changed. Is there a future for these types of arcades?
March 16, 2018
This month, MIT scientists published a paper that found lies spread six times faster than real news on Twitter. This week, Jordan Erica Webber tries to understand why this happens
March 9, 2018
Would you download an app that sends you a reminder five times a day that you’re going to die? Some people are doing exactly that. This week, Jordan Erica Webber attempts to figure out why we need this kind of app, and why we’re so dependent on apps in general in our day-to-day lives
March 2, 2018
There has been a quiet push lately by tech industry giants to get ethical about future technologies. But is anything more than PR? And how do we teach technology students to preempt a possible ethical disaster? Jordan Erica Webber explores the issues
February 23, 2018
Has the technology industry truly embraced diversity? What more needs to be done to make it a more inclusive industry? Inspired by Black History Month, Jordan Erica Webber and Chella Ramanan try and answer these questions.
February 16, 2018
Can technology provide solutions to the various difficulties that disabled people face every day in areas where full accessibility is lacking?
February 9, 2018
What went wrong in Hawaii when a false emergency alert was sent to mobile phones warning that a ballistic missile was about to hit the islands?
February 2, 2018
In the fourth and final episode of this mini-series, Jordan Erica Webber explores what ordinary citizens can do to take back control and how newly released technology might help us along the way
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