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Report: Cambridge Analytica 'Harvested Private Information'

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Matthew Rosenberg of The New York Times about Cambridge Analytica, which allegedly harvested information from millions of Facebook users without their permission.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Spot Fake News By Making It

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Sander van der Linden of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab about his online game which tries to teach players about fake news by making them produce it.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Determine Potential Partners By Voice In New Dating App

A new dating app called Waving lets users judge potential partners by their voice. We talk with Robert Burriss of Basel University about the role a person's voice plays in attraction.

Follow Up: Did The Computerless Computer Teacher Ever Get A Computer?

The story of the middle school teacher without a computer prompted an outpouring of support. But did he get any laptops?

Facial Scanning Now Arriving At U.S. Airports

Airlines say taking a picture of your face speeds boarding, and Homeland Security says it stops fraud. Critics worry about privacy and bias.

All Things Considered

How Cobalt Metal Affects Big Tech Firms Like Apple

Cobalt used to be a byproduct of copper mining, used in everyday, boring stuff like tires and magnets. Now it's one of the most important and sought after metals on the periodic table. This has implications for big tech firms like Apple.

All Things Considered

Critics Concerned About Privacy Issues As Biometric Scanning Increases

The government is steadily increasing the use of facial or biometric scanning at the nation's airports. Airlines say it can speed the boarding process, but critics say the scans aren't always accurate and there are privacy concerns.

Fresh Air

Robots Are Now 'Creating New Robots,' Tech Reporter Says

The evolution of artificial intelligence has exploded over the past five years, leading to computers that can drive and talk. New York Times' Cade Metz explains how machines are learning on their own.

All Things Considered

Live High Definition Video From Mars? NASA Is Getting Ready

NASA is building a new space-based laser communication that will allow live, high-definition video from Mars and beyond — something that's not possible with standard radio equipment.

Google Follows Facebook In Banning Cryptocurrency Ads

The search giant also announced new restrictions on advertisements for other financial products. The ban on cryptocurrency-related ads follows a similar move by advertising competitor Facebook.

In His New Book, Chuck Klosterman Thinks About The Present As If It Were The Past

June 9, 2016
Author and essayist Chuck Klosterman. His new book is, "But What if We're Wrong?" (Stephanie & Sean Ware/Flickr)

In his new book, “But What if We’re Wrong?” author and essayist Chuck Klosterman visualizes today’s world from the perspective of those in the distant future.

What Price Convenience? Twin Peaks, And The Rewards Of Delayed Gratification

June 9, 2016

One evening every week, their anticipation in high gear, my parents turned off the living room lights… And I was told to leave the room.

Global Pushback On American I.T. Giants

June 9, 2016

Europe, India and China, are taking on American tech giants over privacy, monopolies, and more. We’ll look at the global technology pushback against the U.S.A.

Silicon Valley Shuns Donald Trump, Opens Its Wallet For Bernie Sanders

June 7, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks during a panel with Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders at Cubberley Community Center on June 1, 2016 in Palo Alto, California. With less than a week to go before the California presidential primary, Sanders is campaigning in northern California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Tech workers, concerned about free trade with China, immigration and education, are keeping a close eye on the 2016 election.

Yale University Lab Provides A Peek Into The Future Of Music

June 6, 2016
Yale student Bobby Berry talks to Yale instructor Thibault Bertrand as he works on his musical instrument project, a rotating glass harp. (Ryan Caron King/WNPR)

If you could transport yourself to the 23rd century, what would the instruments look like?

Hiawatha Bray Talks Tech: Cell Phone Location And Warrants

June 2, 2016

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that police do not need a search warrant in order to get the location of a cell phone.

World On Pace To Install 700 Million More Air Conditioners By 2030

June 2, 2016
According to a recent study from the Berkeley National Laboratory, the world is set to install some 700 million air conditioners by 2030, and 1.6 billion by 2050. Most of that increase will happen in developing countries with hot climates. (pmorgan/Flickr)

Most of that increase will happen in developing countries with hot climates, like India and Brazil, where populations and incomes are rising.

‘We Hardly Understand Anything’: Rodney Brooks On Artificial Intelligence

June 1, 2016
Rodney Brooks presenting the Baxter robot, a product of Rethink Robotics, during a TED talk. (Steve Jurvetson/Flickr)

“Artificial intelligence is really, really hard and we hardly understand anything, despite what some people say in the press.”

Billionaires And Free Speech

June 1, 2016

Billionaire Peter Thiel versus Gawker. We’ll look at big money and free speech.

Thomas Frank On Mass. Democrats And The Innovation Economy

May 31, 2016
An Uber driver sits in his car near the San Francisco International Airport. In his new book, Thomas Frank argues the innovation economy has worsened economic disparity in the U.S. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

In his new book, journalist Thomas Frank offers a passionate critique of Massachusetts Democrats and the booming economy they’ve helped create.

NBA Deploys 3D Video For Virtual Reality Replays

May 31, 2016
Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors goes up to slam dunk the ball in front of Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Seven of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 30, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

It’s the NBA version of the red carpet Glam Cam. Viewers can relive slam dunks and other show-stopping plays.

Foxconn And China Turn To Robots

May 30, 2016

Foxconn Technology Group, a supplier to Apple and Samsung, has reportedly replaced tens of thousands of workers with robots in factories in China.

The Future Of Driverless Cars Is Now

May 30, 2016

Most major automakers and a lot of smaller players are developing driverless vehicles.

Facebook And Microsoft Team Up On Undersea Internet Cable

May 27, 2016
The Visitor's Center at Microsoft Headquarters campus is pictured July 17, 2014 in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft was one of the first companies to implement an internal carbon fee to reduce emissions. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Silicon Valley companies are getting more and more involved in the internet’s infrastructure.

Peter Thiel’s Support Of Gawker Lawsuit Prompts Debate Online

May 27, 2016
Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal attends a press conference at the 2014 Web Summit on November 6, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. (Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

Gawker CEO Nick Denton challenged Thiel to an “open and public debate” in an open letter.

Tech Billionaire Peter Thiel Versus Gawker Media

May 26, 2016
PayPal co-founder and former CEO Peter Thiel speaks about his National Review article, "The End of the Future," during a discussion sponsored by e21, a conservative think tank, and the Manhattan Institute at the National Press Club October 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Thiel, a PayPal co-founder and former CEO, says driving Gawker out of business would be a public service.

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