WSJ’s The Future of Everything

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Discover what comes next with this in-depth look at how science and technology are revolutionizing the way we live, work and play. Join our award-winning team of journalists as we crisscross the country to interview the leaders and luminaries reshaping our world.

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Teacher's New Assistant: Artificial Intelligence
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Schools around the world are slowly adopting artificial intelligence to better tailor teaching to individual kids. One program maps a student's mastery of math; another assesses literacy and screens for dyslexia. Critics are skeptical that this technology is as effective as promised. Could surveilling students in this way do more harm than good?
Nov 06, 2020
Mobile Voting's Future
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The U.S. is holding the general election during a pandemic. Many voters are eager to vote by mail, while others remain wary of mail-in ballots. Just about everyone longs for a faster, more secure method to cast their vote without exposing themselves to SARS CoV 2, the virus that causes Covid-19. Many wonder why, if we do everything else on our phones, including banking, we can't vote with them. Some communities already tried blockchain assisted mobile voting but with mixed results. Many academics are stridently opposed to mobile voting. This episode will consider whether new technologies can help us find a more secure way to vote. We report on some options to in-person voting and review the security threats inherent in mobile or blockchain assisted voting. In a previous version of this podcast released on October 2nd, we said that Bradley Tusk was funding mobile voting apps, including the Voatz app. Tusk Philanthropies has given funding to voting precincts to launch mobile voting pilot programs - not to the apps themselves.
Oct 03, 2020
The Blood of the Future Could be Made in a Lab
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The coronavirus pandemic led to blood-donation shortages across the world, outlining the fragility of the pipeline. That has brought fresh urgency to research that has been decades in the making but is only now starting to become a reality: The production of artificial blood. Last year, researchers began a pioneering clinical trial, and more are on the way, bringing us closer to a world where blood factories augment supplies.
Sep 04, 2020
How to Talk to Animals (and Know What They're Saying Back)
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What if we could alert whales to stay away from oil spills? Or hear from dolphins directly when they want treats? Seamless conversation between animals and humans is still a far-off goal. But scientists think that machine-learning tools could open the door to communication with marine mammals. Listen to the first part of this two-part series, Google AI Tries to Save the Whales.
Aug 28, 2020
Google AI Tries to Save the Whales
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In the Pacific Northwest, an increase in shipping traffic is further threatening the orca population, which has already seen its numbers drop in the face of food shortages and climate change. One of the biggest threats from the boats is noise pollution, which interferes with the whales' ability to communicate. Engineers at a unit of Google may have an answer: An alert system that relies on artificial intelligence.
Aug 14, 2020
Traveling With Tech Made for the World's Fastest Sailboats
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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.
Jul 17, 2020
Technology Helps Train Police Officers
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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.
Jul 03, 2020
The Super Powers of Bats and the Fight to Stop Deadly Viruses
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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.
Jun 05, 2020
How Polio Research is Helping in the Hunt for a Vaccine
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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 22, 2020
Dead or Alive, Viruses are Everywhere, and Here to Stay
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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.
May 08, 2020
Covid-19 and AI: Tracking a Virus, Finding a Treatment
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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.
Apr 17, 2020
China is Ready for CBD. But Regulators Might Not Be.
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The market for hemp-based CBD products is exploding. And China wants in on the potential profits. Some farmers are trading their corn crops for hemp in hopes of cashing in. But CBD is highly regulated in China, and THC is illegal. Will China make room for this lucrative product?
Jan 29, 2020
AI Hiring, Never Retiring: Working in the 21st Century
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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.
Jan 15, 2020
Family Secrets: DNA Tests and the Future of Family
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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.
Dec 18, 2019
On The Alert: The Next Generation Of Earthquake Early Warning Systems
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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)
Dec 04, 2019
WSJ Tech Live: The State of Play
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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.
Nov 20, 2019
WSJ Tech Live: Where AI Is Headed Next
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Artificial intelligence has been called the "new electricity" - meaning that it will soon become a standard and integral part of the world as we know it. There's a growing arms race over the global dominance in AI - especially between the US 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?
Nov 06, 2019
WSJ Tech Live: The Next Big Thing
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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.
Oct 23, 2019
Custom Parts: The Future of Transplanted Organs
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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.
Oct 09, 2019
Customized Kids: Are Designer Babies on the Way?
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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.
Sep 25, 2019
Get Ready for Gene-Edited Food
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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?
Sep 11, 2019
Can Gene-Edited Mice Solve the Lyme Crisis?
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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.
Aug 28, 2019
The De-Extinction Movement Comes to Life
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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.
Aug 14, 2019
How Robots Will Feed Our On-Demand Culture
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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.
Jul 31, 2019
Moonshot: How Apollo Launched the Digital Revolution
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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.
Jul 17, 2019
Adapting Medicine for Outer Space
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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.
Jul 03, 2019
How to Build an Island
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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.
Jun 20, 2019
The Future of Everything Festival: What's Next for Alexa?
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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.
Jun 05, 2019
The Future of Everything Festival: Building an Artificial Human
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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 22, 2019
Frozen Frontiers: The Alien, Iron-Breathing Microbes of Blood Falls
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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.
May 08, 2019
Frozen Frontiers: Meet the Robot Explorers Hunting for Alien Life
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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.
Apr 24, 2019
Instant Message: How Amazon Changed Delivery
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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.
Apr 10, 2019
The Next Battlefield: Connected, Augmented and Urban
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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.
Mar 27, 2019
How AI is Augmenting Therapy
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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.
Mar 13, 2019
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty on Reskilling Workers in the Age of AI
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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.
Feb 27, 2019
Machine Love: Dating in the Digital Age
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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.
Feb 13, 2019
The Price of Climate: The Northern Farming Frontier
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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.
Dec 19, 2018
The Price of Climate: Producing Heat-Resistant Beef
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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.
Dec 12, 2018
The Price of Climate: Is Commercial Fishing in Hot Water?
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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.
Dec 05, 2018
Losing Our Wallets: The Rise of Mobile Payments
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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.
Nov 28, 2018
WSJ Tech D.Live: The Connected Devices That Will Rule Our Homes
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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.
Nov 17, 2018
WSJ Tech D.Live: In the Driver's Seat at Uber
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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.
Nov 15, 2018
WSJ Tech D.Live: The Downside to Social Success
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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.
Nov 15, 2018
WSJ Tech D.Live: Investing in a Data-Driven Future
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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.
Nov 15, 2018
WSJ Tech D.Live: The Chips That Power Our Devices
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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.
Nov 14, 2018
WSJ Tech D.Live: Are We There Yet? The Future of Driverless Cars
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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.
Nov 14, 2018
Customized Kids: Are Designer Babies on the Way?
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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.
Nov 07, 2018
The Sparkling Future of Lab-Grown Diamonds
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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.
Oct 31, 2018
The Next Battlefield: Connected, Augmented and Urban
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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.
Oct 24, 2018
Robot Restaurants: Good or Gimmicky?
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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.
Oct 17, 2018