Marketplace Tech Hosted by Molly Wood, "Marketplace Tech" demystifies the digital economy. The daily show uncovers how tech influences our lives in unexpected ways and provides context for listeners who care about the impact of tech, business and the digital world.
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Hosted by Molly Wood, "Marketplace Tech" demystifies the digital economy. The daily show uncovers how tech influences our lives in unexpected ways and provides context for listeners who care about the impact of tech, business and the digital world.

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At the intersection of tech, climate and the land of Silicon Valley

At the intersection of tech, climate and the land of Silicon Valley

We're taking our climate tech series, "How We Survive," to the epicenter of technology: Silicon Valley. It's not just a metaphor for the tech industry, it's a real place. Cities, businesses and people are surrounded by a rising sea and are at risk from increasingly extreme weather. This all comes to a head on Stevens Creek Trail, a popular commuter route for tech workers that's also seeing climate change impacts. It's a great setting to kick off an exploration of what Big Tech is doing to adapt and maybe help the rest of us, too.

States take on Google with antitrust investigation. This won't be quick.

States take on Google with antitrust investigation. This won't be quick.

This week, attorneys general from 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico announced they're joining forces to investigate whether Google has engaged in anti-competitive behavior. Some of those AGs are also part of another investigation into similar questions about Facebook.

States take on Google with antitrust investigation. This won't be quick.

Drivers wanted: EVs are all over the Frankfurt Motor Show

Drivers wanted: EVs are all over the Frankfurt Motor Show

The Frankfurt Motor Show opened this week in Germany, and automakers are showcasing their hot, new electric vehicles. As always, prices for many of the electric cars run well above the means of a humble public radio employee. You've got your Porsche, your Mercedes-Benz, your BMW. But in Europe, there are also a lot of other offerings with prices closer to the range of what the average consumer could buy.

Pindrops work. But if you (or your drone) require location precision, there's an app for that.

Pindrops work. But if you (or your drone) require location precision, there's an app for that.

What3words is a company that has divvied Earth into 57 trillion squares, each with its own unique string of three identifying words. Anyone with the company's app or website can translate locations from those words.

Pindrops work. But if you (or your drone) require location precision, there's an app for that.

It's happening in Knoxville: Time, money and marketing make smaller cities viable tech hubs

It's happening in Knoxville: Time, money and marketing make smaller cities viable tech hubs

For smaller cities outside of the epicenters of tech, developing as a hub is a long process with a lot of things that must go right. Jed Kim speaks with Jim Biggs, who worked in Silicon Valley for years before moving to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he's an executive director of the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, a business accelerator. He laid out the hurdles his city and others face.

It's happening in Knoxville: Time, money and marketing make smaller cities viable tech hubs

It's not a given that tech in the classroom improves learning

It's not a given that tech in the classroom improves learning

Marketplace's Jed Kim spoke with Daniel Willingham, who's a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia and researches how we learn. He said balancing tech's promises and its realities has been a learning experience of its own. (9/9/2019)

For U.S. Navy destroyers, old controls might be safer than new tech

For U.S. Navy destroyers, old controls might be safer than new tech

The USS Fitzgerald collided with a Phillipine container ship in June 2017, killing seven sailors. Then, just two months later, the USS John S. McCain collided with a Liberian merchant vessel, killing 10 sailors. Megan Eckstein, deputy editor for USNI News, part of the U.S. Naval Institute, told me the National Transportation Safety Board found the USS McCain collision was caused by a helmsman who was confused by his touch-screen displays. The Navy has taken note, and, Eckstein says, is making changes. (09/06/19)

How much longer until people want to date Alexa?

How much longer until people want to date Alexa?

The 2013 Spike Jonze film "Her" imagined a not-too-distant future where digital voice assistants become super lifelike. And then it becomes a love story between a man and a machine, which seemed crazy, maybe a little gross. Since then, we've seen Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant evolve and spread to more devices. (9/5/2019)

Australia is figuring out its own way to wrestle with tech giants

Australia is figuring out its own way to wrestle with tech giants

This summer, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission delivered the results of a big investigation on the impacts of Big Tech — especially Google and Facebook. It looked at competition and privacy, and how social media has crippled local journalism, among other issues. The result? Twenty-three recommendations that the government can use to regulate — or not. (9/3/2019)

Electric vehicles are getting noisier, for safety's sake

Electric vehicles are getting noisier, for safety's sake

In the European Union, new models of electric vehicles must make some sort of noise to address some safety concerns. Some carmakers are already doing that, and they're taking it as an opportunity to craft signature sounds. Marketplace's Jed Kim spoke with BBC journalist Chris Vallance, who reported about some of the things designers need to think about when making new car sounds. This is a re-air episode, which originally was published on Jul. 15, 2019. (9/2/2019)

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