Codebreaker, by Marketplace and Tech Insider Codebreaker is a podcast that dares to ask – and answer – the fundamental questions about technology that consume us every day. From "is it evil?" to "can it save us?" – it's up to you to listen, decode and decide. In partnership with Tech Insider.
Codebreaker, by Marketplace and Tech Insider

Codebreaker, by Marketplace and Tech Insider

From American Public Media

Codebreaker is a podcast that dares to ask – and answer – the fundamental questions about technology that consume us every day. From "is it evil?" to "can it save us?" – it's up to you to listen, decode and decide. In partnership with Tech Insider.

Most Recent Episodes

Technology Crossing Borders

The gadget that saved a refugee in the middle of the Aegean Sea, how an agent uses technology to patrol the U.S. border with Mexico, and how a journalist in exile broadcasts the news with WhatsApp. Listen, decode, and decide: Can technology crossing borders save us?

World Building

A proposal to bioengineer shorter humans with cat eyes, a decades-old idea for a totally new kind of power, a battery made from trash and Bill Nye the Science Guy tries to get us in gear. Listen, decode, and decide: Can world-building save us?

The Augmented Self

The man who collected too much data, cyborgs who want to make their body-hardware mainstream, robots that rebuild your hairline and a conversation with Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge aka LeVar Burton. Listen, decode, and decide: Can the augmented self save us?

Alternate Reality

Alternate Reality

A therapist who creates virtual reality experiences for people with dangerous disorders, a grandmother who uses a headset to escape her surroundings and Ernest Cline on virtual reality in fact and fiction. Listen, decode, and decide: Can alternate realities save us?

Recognition

A toddler who saved her mother's life with Siri, a man whose mysterious ailment opened up a world of voice recognition technology and a dating service that wants to scan the faces of all your exes. Listen, decode, and decide: Can recognition software save us?

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Data Tracking

How targeted ads for a pair of men's sandals broke up one relationship, the researchers trying to keep data tracking honest, and the casualties of ad blockers. Listen, decode, and decide: Is data tracking evil?

Going Viral

How people-rating app Peeple drew rage and put its co-founders in danger, how a 16-year-old embraced identity through virality, and the funny video that threatened to put its makers into crushing debt. Listen, decode, and decide: Is going viral evil?

The Decisive Machine

A guy who thinks machines can prevent crime, another who thinks machines could destroy humanity and a machine-learning algorithm outsmarted by squirrels. Listen, decode and decide: Is the decisive machine evil?

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