Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Chips, Cars, and the Baby Bust   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/12/976569019/chips-cars-and-the-baby-bust

In 2020, everyone, no matter their involvement with economics, knew what a shortage was. Toilet paper was gone from the shelves before it was even able to be stocked in stores. In 2021, there are some new shortages the U.S. is facing: microchips, cars, and babies. The Indicator discusses the causes of the limited supply of microchips which in turn is limiting car production, as well as the declining birth rate that the U.S. will face as a result of the pandemic.

Original Air Date: March 12, 2021

Length: 9 minutes 33 seconds

The Virtual Office   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/31/983097569/the-virtual-office

Virtual reality (VR) might be the future of meetings in the office. With COVID-19 keeping people at home in online meeting spaces such as Zoom, VR is now being used by many businesses to join up for meetings. There is even more interest and investment happening in the field of VR making it currently worth around $16 billion and is expected to double within the next 5 years. The Indicator team discusses their experience with the virtual reality world and its growing market.

Original Air Date: March 31, 2021

Length: 9 minutes 59 seconds

How The Internet Got Ruined   Leave a comment

Chaos Computer Club Annual CongressLink: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/041917-mtech

Summary: “Move Fast and Break Things” is a newly released book about the monopolistic market structure of the internet.  Marketplace interviews Jonathan Taplin, the author of the book, who is the tour manager for Bob Dylan.  They discuss how the monopoly structure set up by the technology companies has ruined the communal nature of the internet. Also discussed is one silicon valley entrepreneur who left San Francisco for Minneapolis.

Original Air Date: April 19, 2017

Length: 7 minutes 35 seconds

A warning for parched China: a city runs out of water   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/04/21/world/warning-parched-china-city-runs-out-water

Summary: A northern city in China has run out of water, increasing pressure between the government and it’s constituents. Marketplace explores this multifaceted issue in regards to the future of China’s economic development.

Original Air Date: April 25, 2016

Length: 7 minutes 2 seconds

Is Hacktivism a Force for Good…or Chaos?   Leave a comment

hacktivismLink: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/04262017-mtech

Summary: Hacktivism is a topic for debate with the latest flurry of activity on the internet.  Marketplace interviews a former hacktivist, who served time, but now is at a security firm.  They discuss the value of hacktivism, and how technology’s role affects government.  Also discussed is Phoenix’s rise as a technology hub, with autonomous cars being tested in Arizona.

Original Air Date: April 26, 2017

Length: 7 minutes 25 seconds

How pingpong tables are an economic indicator   Leave a comment

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Link: http://www.marketplace.org/2016/05/04/world/how-ping-pong-tables-are-economic-indicator

Summary: Ping pong tables have been an indicator for well performing startups and tech companies. Since the NASDAQ hit a low in February, ping pong tables sales have also declined.

Original Air Date: May 4, 2016

Length: 0 minutes 40 seconds

Posted September 25, 2017 by cherokeebelval in Economic growth, Freakonomics, short length, Technology

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The Evolution of the Show “Archer”   Leave a comment

archer2Link: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/04202017-mtech

Summary: “Archer” debuted when the internet was taking off. Marketplace interviews the show’s technical director and actress about the role the internet plays in the success of the show.  Marketplace also introduces Philadelphia’s reaction to Silicon Valley, and the recruitment of tech workers to the city.

Original Air Date: April 20, 2017

Length: 7 minutes 13 seconds

Should We Be Able to Access Academic Articles Without Paywalls?   Leave a comment

library_3Link: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/04252017-mtech

Summary: Students in college can attest that credible sources needed for a research paper are often hard to find, especially the free ones.  Marketplace introduces a new website that is the latest form of “hacktivism”, and is releasing research papers for free.  Marketplace also introduces the competition between YouTube and Twitch.

Original Air Date: April 25, 2017

Length: 7 minutes

Self Checkout   Leave a comment

self-checkout-936a66b9e1191573547895056746862815fc30b3-s1600-c85-jfifLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2016/10/19/498571623/episode-730-self-checkout

Summary: Self checkout has become a staple in grocery stores, but back in 1992 they were considered a laughing stock.  Planet Money discusses self checkout with their creator, and considers what impact automation has on service and employment.

Original Air Date: October 19, 2016

Length: 20 minutes 27 seconds

 

Google is big. Is that bad?   Leave a comment

google bigLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2017/08/04/541643346/episode-787-google-is-big-is-that-bad 

Summary: The Planet Money team focus on the recent European Commission decision that Google violated anti trust rules. They discuss the context of the seven year consideration of the question whether Google has too much power over the Internet. Includes consideration of how the question is viewed differently in the U.S. and how this specific case helps us think generally about issues of competition.

Original Air Date: August 4, 2017

Length: 16:42