Marketplace Tech Report

Marketplace Tech is a daily 4-minute show exploring how technology is shaping our lives.

Recent Episodes

01-27-15 Marketplace Tech - Making virtual reality a reality

Airing on Tuesday, January 27, 2015: First up on today's show, we'll talk with Pai-Ling Yin, from the Stanford Center for Economic Policy Research, about Apple’s success in the Chinese market. Also, we'll talk about how more and more Americans are making their own power, either by installing solar panels, or in areas with frequent storms, backup home generators. Plus, we're joined by Brendan Iribe, CEO of Oculus VR, to discuss making movies for virtual reality technology and when the Oculus goggles will finally reach consumers.

01-26-2015 Marketplace Tech - AI, do no harm

Airing on Monday, January 26, 2015: Microsoft Corp. kicks off the busiest week in the earnings season - 143 of S&P 500 companies report their quarterly earnings this week - when it releases its Q2 earnings for 2015 today. James McQuivey, VP & Principal Analyst at Forrester, tells us what to expect from the announcement. Next up is Slate's senior tech reporter, Will Oremus, to discuss reports that Snapchat is tying up with major news organizations to publish content. It's also been hiring reporters and bloggers to create original videos and text. We also talk  with Ryan Calo, Assistant Law Professor at the University of Washington and an affiliate scholar at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, about socially-responsible artificial intelligence. If you want to know what that means, you'll have to tune in. 


01-23-2015 Marketplace Tech - The Walls Have Eyes

Airing on Friday, January 23, 2015: Your walls don't have ears but they may have eyes - police are now using radar technology to scan for people inside their homes. We talk to Marketplace reporter Stan Alcorn to find out if that is as creepy as it sounds. And how well have you kept up with the week in tech news? Today, we're also joined by Harry Campbell, who blogs as The Rideshare Guy, to play Silicon Tally. And then we talk to Laura A. Ackley, historian and author of "San Francisco's Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915," about the first transcontinental telephone call ever made. It was 100 years ago this Sunday. 


01-22-15 Marketplace Tech - You're feeling very sleepy

Airing on Thursday, January 22, 2015: First up on today's show, we'll talk with Forrester analyst Frank Gillett about trying out Microsoft’s HoloLens headset. Plus, we'll talk to Mike Panetta, Partner at the social media strategy firm Beekeper Group, about how the White House is using YouTube to reach out to younger voters. And 2015 marks the year that Back to the Future Part II promised us everything from hover boards to bar code license plates. But which predictions have proven true? What about sleep inducing technology? We talk to Sarah Lisanby, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University, about using technology to induce sleep.

01-21-15 Marketplace Tech - A robot toolkit

Airing on Wednesday, January 21, 2015: First up on today's show, we'll talk with Molly Wood, technology columnist for the New York Times, about Windows 10. Plus, the FCC will put forth and vote on new open internet rules next month. The policy changes will affect so-called "net neutrality." But as we find out, the way we get information has changed a lot in the last couple of years, and policy may not be keeping up. We'll also talk to Kylie Peppler, Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences at Indiana University, about the HandiMate robotics toolkit. 

01-20-15 Marketplace Tech - The world's fastest computer

Airing on Tuesday, January 20, 2015: First up on today's show, we'll talk to Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union, with a preview of the privacy policies in the State of the Union address. Plus, Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory may once again be home to the world's fastest supercomputer. Its current machine was the fastest when it went live in 2012. That title only lasted six months - then a computer in China took the top spot. But the U.S. recently put aside more $400 million to keep itself in the race.