Marketplace Tech®

with Ben Johnson

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Hosted by Ben Johnson, this daily "journal of the Digital Age" airs during broadcasts of Minnesota Public Radio's Morning Edition.

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Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, December 7, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Samsung's victory in a Supreme Court battle against Apple over patents, and what that means for the future of design. We'll also chat with Hadi Partovi, CEO and founder of the nonprofit Code.org, about why he thinks it's important for kids to get the opportunity to learn code.  (12/06/2016)

S02-4: Watching
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. (12/06/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, December 6, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Amazon's new cashier-free grocery store; Uber's purchase of Geometric Intelligence, a company with a multidisciplinary approach to artificial intelligence; and the European Commission's reminder to companies like Facebook and Twitter that they agreed to curb hate speech on their platforms. (12/05/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, December 5, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Facebook's expansion in Menlo Park and Palo Alto — and how it plans to deal with potentially displaced residents. We'll also look at algorithms that are being trained to identify different kinds of audio through video footage.  (12/04/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, December 2, 2016
On today's show, we'll look at Reddit's smaller communities, which some say take the First Amendment to the extreme; talk about one man's fascination with fitness trackers; and play this week's Silicon Tally with Stacey Higginbotham, host of the podcast the "Internet of Things." (12/02/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, December 1, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about a new Netflix option that'll allow subscribers to download some shows and movies; the meaning of the word "cyborg" and why a quarter of us may be cyborgs without even realizing it; and ways that you can incorporate tech in your Christmas decorating. (12/01/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, November 30, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about this week's nationwide protests to raise the minimum wage to $15; look at Quartz's plan to build a bot studio; and preview the latest episode of our "Codebreaker" podcast, which explores how we're changing our bodies with technology. (11/30/2016)

S02-3: The Augmented Self
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. (11/30/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, November 29, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the rise of mobile shopping; CNN's purchase of the social media video app Beme, launched by YouTube star Casey Neistat; and a ransomware attack on San Francisco's light rail system, the MUNI.  (11/29/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, November 28, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the growing number of ways to combine charity with shopping; interview New York Times columnist Tom Friedman about his new work, "Thank You For Being Late"; and look at Google's Neural Machine Translation system, an invention that's created its own internal language.  (11/28/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, November 25, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk to Business Insider's Ben Gilbert about the market for virtual reality, and play this week's Silicon Tally with Geoffrey Fowler, personal technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal.  (11/25/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, November 24, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about today's launch of the NFL's virtual reality series; look at the tech that goes behind bringing your turkey to the table; and chat with Chris Milk, the CEO of Within, about why he thinks VR is going to be a big deal. (11/24/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, November 23, 2016
On today's show, we'll look at the appointments Trump made to help lead our country's telecommunications policy: a former lobbyist for Sprint and an economist from the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. We'll also interview Jessica Brillhart, the principal filmmaker for virtual reality at Google.  (11/23/2016)

S02-2: Alternate Reality
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. (11/23/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, November 22, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about what those who run sharing-economy businesses might expect under President-elect Donald Trump; a new method to catch elephant and rhino poachers; some false advertising over companies' use of the label "deals"; and new features from Facebook that include disappearing videos and photos.  (11/22/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, November 21, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the possibility of a "new-collar" job market, which would consist of jobs in cybersecurity, data science and artificial intelligence that require less than a four-year degree; the effect that our new administration's policies could have on the tech industry; and Shinola's entrance into the world of audio.  (11/21/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, November 18, 2016
On today's show, we'll chat with Google's director of product, Aparna Chennapragada, about the new voice assistant Google Home, and play this week's Silicon Tally with the producer of our "Codebreaker" podcast, Clare Toeniskoetter.  (11/18/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, November 17, 2016
Film isn't the only medium that gets the virtual reality treatment. The best-selling author Wally Lamb has a new book called "I'll Take You There" that'll launch as part of the Metabook line — a series of works that include extras like 360 degree videos and photos. Metabook's CEO Christian Alfonsi joined us to talk about why he wanted to pursue this venture. We'll also check out reports that Snapchat's parent company has plans for an IPO that could be valued at $25 billion. Plus, as part of our "Codebreaker" podcast, we'll look at a new dating service that uses pictures of your exes to try and match you with someone who has a similar face.  (11/17/2016)

S02-1: Recognition
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. (11/16/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Since Donald Trump's victory last week, encryption apps have seen an increase in users — like Signal, which has experienced 400 percent growth. On today's show, we'll interview Moxie Marlinspike, co-founder of the company that created the app. In other privacy news, Chicago has started constructing a network of data sensors to monitor the city's traffic flow — but some are worried that it could be used as a spying tool. We'll dive into their concerns. Plus: We have a preview of the second season of our "Codebreaker" podcast, which launches today. This season's fundamental question about tech: Can it save us?  (11/16/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, November 15, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about Facebook's fake news controversy and the role it may have played in the election; whether H-1B visas will continue under the Trump administration; and Lyft's decision to take off its pink mustache.  (11/15/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, November 14, 2016
Our country voted not only on a new president last week, but also on various marijuana initiatives. Massachusetts, Nevada, Maine and California each passed measures legalizing the substance. We'll talk with Carter Laren, co-founder of the weed startup Gateway, about what this could mean for business. Plus: We'll chat with Pixar's former CFO Lawrence Levy about his new book, "To Pixar and Beyond," which chronicles the rise of the animation studio. (11/14/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, November 11, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk with the president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation about what Trump's tech policies might look like; play this week's Silicon Tally with Marketplace's Raghu Manavalan; and look at what makes Ang Lee's "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" a high-tech cinematic experience.  (11/11/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, November 10, 2016
Amid Tuesday night's surprising election results, Upworthy founder Eli Pariser joins us to talk about why social media isn't necessarily representative of the rest of the world. We'll also talk about Trump's promise to bring back jobs to the U.S. and create new ones — jobs that have already been automated or are likely to become automated. (11/10/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, November 9, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about how Donald Trump will approach tech policy as president, including issues like where tech workers should be based. Plus, in non-election related news, we'll look at a machine-vision algorithm that can determine a book's genre by looking at its cover.   (11/09/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, November 8, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about a tool called RoboVote that aggregates users' opinions and preferences to help them make the best decisions; the Christian Science Monitor's "15 under 15" list of top young hackers; and a home security system that'll dispatch a drone.  (11/08/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Monday, November 7, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about whether smartphones are hurting the larger gadget market; Instagram's new "shop now" button; and the riskiness of online voting.  (11/07/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Friday, November 4, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the business model behind that clickbaity suggested links section you see on websites; look at Google's rejection of an antitrust complaint from the European Union; and play this week's Silicon Tally with Jackie Kashian, the podcast host of both "Dork Forest" and "The Jackie and Laurie show." (11/04/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, November 3, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about a new report from ProPublica indicating that Facebook allows buyers to target their advertising toward, or exclude, certain racial groups; the expansion of a startup called Hollar, which is aiming to be the online version of your dollar store; and Google's announcement about a key vulnerability in Windows' operating system software. (11/03/2016)

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, November 2, 2016
On today's show, we'll talk about the expectations for Facebook's quarterly earnings report; interview writer Franklin Foer about a potential connection between Trump and Russia; and look at a company called Hello that's developed sensor-based products to improve sleeping. (11/02/2016)

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