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New Bullet Trains To Put China Out Front On High-Speed Rail

Six years after China slowed down its fastest trains in the wake of a deadly crash, a next generation of super-fast trains are set to cut commute times between major cities.

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'Smart' Pill Bottles Aren't Enough To Help The Medicine Go Down

Lots of people forget to take their medicine on time. Now firms are selling "smart" pill bottles that send patients reminders through the Internet. But maybe the real problem isn't forgetfulness.

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Uber Hires Harvard Business School's Frances Frei To Address Leadership Issues

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Uber's new vice president of leadership and strategy about what she plans to bring to the ride-hailing company after more than a dozen executives left this year.

Is AI More Threatening Than North Korean Missiles?

Tesla CEO Elon Musk last week warned that AI is an enormous threat. There can be no doubt that the advent of smart, rather than smart-ish, machines, is a long way off, though, says blogger Alva Noë.

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Tech Companies Blacklist White Supremacist Site

The neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer has been essentially purged from the Internet following the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville.

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Silicon Valley Fights Back Against Extremism Online

Companies are waging a broad attack against white supremacist groups, cutting off their ability to raise money, post content or register their sites online. These moves are not unprecedented, but this muscle flexing raises a lot of questions — not just about free speech, but also about due process and who controls the Internet.

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Turning To VPNs For Online Privacy? You Might Be Putting Your Data At Risk

With Internet providers able to track and sell your browsing data, people who want to keep their activity hidden are turning to virtual private networks. But VPNs can themselves be insecure.

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Kyle Quinn Hid At A Friend's House After Being Misidentified On Twitter As A Racist

A University of Arkansas professor falsely identified as a participant in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville says the online reaction was frightening and felt like being chased by a mob.

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Dreamhost Challenges Department Of Justice Anti-Trump Records Request

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dallas Kashuba, co-founder of DreamHost. The company challenged the Department of Justice's demand that DreamHost hand over 1.3 million IP addresses for people who visited an anti-trump protest site.

Quoting Mandela, Obama's Tweet After Charlottesville Is The Most-Liked Ever

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion," the former president tweeted. He was quoting Nelson Mandela, and it struck a chord for many.

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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