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In Bitcoin We Trust?

23:29 | Nov 8th, 2017

Digital, decentralized money is quickly coming of age. What began as an experiment from a mysterious internet persona has become a force to be reckoned with, prompting banks to adapt. But how does cryptocurrency work? And where is it headed?

The Price of Climate: The Northern Farming Frontier

24:04 | Dec 19th, 2018

Shifting weather patterns and rising temperatures are altering what crops farmers can plant. In the last of a three-part series on climate, we examine how advancements in AI and genetics could help farms battle drought and crop disease.

The Price of Climate: Producing Heat-Resistant Beef

18:29 | Dec 12th, 2018

As cattle farmers struggle with rising temperatures, scientists are scrambling to find solutions. In the second of a three-part series on climate, we meet a calf genetically engineered to withstand heat and get a taste of lab-grown beef.

The Price of Climate: Is Commercial Fishing in Hot Water?

21:49 | Dec 5th, 2018

Demand for wild seafood is rising-but so is the cost of bringing it ashore. In the first of a three-part series on climate, we meet the fishermen and scientists grappling with warming waters, shifting currents and rapidly changing economics.

Losing Our Wallets: The Rise of Mobile Payments

16:58 | Nov 28th, 2018

Encore edition: Kenya and China have rapidly embraced mobile wallets. Why are Americans still reaching for cash and credit cards? We speak to the experts and explore a future where making a payment could be as easy as nodding your head.

WSJ Tech D.Live: The Connected Devices That Will Rule Our Homes

20:44 | Nov 17th, 2018

The WSJ's David Pierce sits down with David Limp, Amazon's Senior Vice President of Devices and Services, to discuss Alexa's next moves. Plus, an inside look at how Amazon chose its newest headquarter locations.

WSJ Tech D.Live: In the Driver's Seat at Uber

27:07 | Nov 15th, 2018

Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive of the ridesharing giant, talks with the WSJ's Gerard Baker about expanding Uber's reach, fixing its work culture and setting the course for an initial public offering.

WSJ Tech D.Live: The Downside to Social Success

24:20 | Nov 15th, 2018

Instagram Co-Founder Kevin Systrom sits down with Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Matt Murray to discuss social media's evolution amid increased content scrutiny.

WSJ Tech D.Live: Investing in a Data-Driven Future

24:12 | Nov 15th, 2018

The WSJ's Jason Anders sits down with Ruth Porat, CFO of Alphabet and Google, to discuss Google's equity culture, collaborating with the military and understanding AI bias.

WSJ Tech D.Live: The Chips That Power Our Devices

16:42 | Nov 14th, 2018

The WSJ's Jason Anders sits down with Richard Clemmer of NXP Semiconductors and Renee J. James of Ampere to discuss life in the fast-paced semiconductor industry, the impact of U.S.-China relations and the future of computing.

WSJ Tech D.Live: Are We There Yet? The Future of Driverless Cars

19:24 | Nov 14th, 2018

The global race for autonomous vehicles is on-but roadblocks lie ahead. Waymo CEO John Krafcik tells WSJ's Jamie Heller about his company's plans to launch a commercial self-driving car service in the coming months.

Customized Kids: Are Designer Babies on the Way?

12:54 | Nov 7th, 2018

Advances in gene editing and DNA analysis are allowing parents unprecedented control over the traits their children will inherit. In this episode, we explore the science-and ethics-behind the movement.

The Sparkling Future of Lab-Grown Diamonds

16:45 | Oct 31st, 2018

The days of diamond mining may be numbered, and lab-grown stones have become almost indistinguishable from those pulled from the earth. In this episode, we talk to the diamond dealers and growers hedging against a future in which the mines run dry.

The Next Battlefield: Connected, Augmented and Urban

20:35 | Oct 24th, 2018

The wars of the future will be fought in megacities around the world by soldiers connected - and possibly even augmented - by neural implants and AI. In this episode, we examine how military leaders are preparing for a radical shift in combat.

Robot Restaurants: Good or Gimmicky?

15:12 | Oct 17th, 2018

The restaurant industry is embracing automation, from robot-staffed espresso bars to fully automated burger chefs. In this episode, we explore what this means for workers, diners and--most importantly--the quality of our food.

The De-Extinction Movement Comes to Life

15:28 | Oct 10th, 2018

In labs around the world, scientists are using gene-editing technology to revive species that disappeared from the face of the earth long, long ago. In this episode, we talk to the researchers working on a project straight out of science fiction.

Tech Gets in the Game

18:44 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Football-playing robots. Algorithmic umpires. Neurological performance enhancement. In this episode, we look at how science and technology are reshaping the playing field - and how these advances could benefit life beyond sports.

Robot Growers: How AI Will Change Farming

16:02 | Sep 26th, 2018

Agriculture is turning to automation as it grapples with growing demand and a shrinking labor force. In this episode, we meet the robots making farms more efficient.

Hack the Vote: How Safe Are Elections?

18:30 | Sep 19th, 2018

In this episode, we watch hackers compromise voting machines and hear from technologists hoping to safeguard democracy with help from blockchain and mobile voting. Can tech protect our democratic process from foreign interference?

Welcome to Your 3-D Printed Home

18:34 | Sep 12th, 2018

The construction industry has remained essentially unchanged since the invention of the nail gun. But can a labor shortage force builders to embrace technology? In this episode, how drones, automation and prefabrication are changing housing.

Eating Insects for Your Health (and the Planet's)

19:43 | Sep 5th, 2018

Billions of people around the world include protein-rich bugs in their diet. But are crickets really a sustainable alternative to chicken? This episode, we talk to the scientists and startup founders looking to put bugs in everything we eat.

Battling the Superbugs

22:19 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Encore edition: What happens when antibiotics stop working? With drug-resistant infections on the rise, scientists are scrambling to develop new weapons in the fight against evolved bacteria-from cutting-edge diagnostic tests to revolutionary gene-ed...Show More

Smart Cities: Safer Living or Cyber Attacks?

18:41 | Aug 15th, 2018

Urban areas around the world are increasingly equipped with sensors to track-and control-everything from traffic patterns to wastewater. But this increased connectivity and data collection opens us up to devastating hacks and unwanted surveillance.

Living Smarter: How Tech Is Disrupting the Home

12:17 | Aug 8th, 2018

What if our homes took care of us and not the other way around? In this episode, a look inside the smart homes that could transform everything from entertaining to eldercare.

Adapting Medicine for Outer Space

19:25 | Aug 1st, 2018

What happens when an injury occurs on a commercial space flight or manned mission to Mars? Meet the scientists and astronauts studying how to keep us safe where routine care is impossible--and the closest hospital is a million miles away.

Can Gene-Edited Mice Solve the Lyme Crisis?

19:36 | Jul 25th, 2018

Lyme disease is rampant on Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. MIT scientists believe that releasing genetically altered mice on the islands could curb-and even wipe out-the disease. A close look at an unprecedented environmental intervention.

How AI is Augmenting Therapy

23:53 | Jul 18th, 2018

Millions of people suffering from mental health issues are left untreated and undiagnosed. In this episode, we meet the psychologists and scientists studying how artificial intelligence can help.

Can Blockchain Fix Our Food Chain?

16:40 | Jul 11th, 2018

When a deadly E.coli outbreak sickened hundreds, it took investigators months to determine the source. In this episode, we look at how sensors, digital ledgers, and genome sequencing could reduce that window to seconds-and make our food supply safer.

How Lab-Grown Materials Are Changing Manufacturing

14:15 | Jul 4th, 2018

Rebroadcast: Adidas sneakers made from vegan spider silk. Mushroom-based Dell computer packaging. Today, biofabrication--the science of growing raw materials in a lab--is producing everything from furniture to fabric.

The Next Battlefield: Hacking as Warfare

26:16 | Jun 27th, 2018

Foreign governments are targeting our information, our infrastructure and even our democracy. But what constitutes an act of war in the digital age? When does espionage become an outright attack? Meet the soldiers in the fight for cyber security.

Losing Our Wallets: The Rise of Mobile Payments

17:46 | Jun 20th, 2018

Countries such as Kenya and China have rapidly embraced mobile wallets. So why are Americans still reaching for cash and credit cards? We speak to the experts and explore a future where making a payment could be as easy as nodding your head.

Fishy Business: Fixing Seafood's Fraud Problem

19:44 | Jun 13th, 2018

As much as a third of seafood sold in the U.S. is mislabeled. But can technology and tracking keep the industry honest? Meet the fishermen, chefs and government agents working to ensure that the fish on your plate is the one you ordered.

Hacking the Brain's Code

15:38 | Jun 6th, 2018

Today, paraplegics can move robotic limbs using only their thoughts. But when it comes to our understanding of how the brain works, we still have a long way to go. Meet the scientists attempting to hack the world's most complex computer.

Get Ready for Gene-Edited Food

14:20 | May 23rd, 2018

Vegetables engineered with the gene-editing technology Crispr are moving closer to supermarket shelves. But will these genetically altered foods carry labels to alert consumers? Or is gene editing, as some scientists argue, just a way to speed up evo...Show More

The Future of Everything Festival: Futuristic Farm-to-Table

17:02 | May 17th, 2018

Restauranteur Kimbal Musk wants to feed America with hyper-local produce and robot-equipped kitchens. Anya Fernald, CEO of Belcampo, is rethinking the way animals are raised and slaughtered. We asked them how we'll be eating in the years ahead.

The Future of Everything Festival: When Humans Invade Space

20:40 | May 16th, 2018

How will we travel to outer space? And what will we do when get there? Relativity Space CEO Tim Ellis and TransAstra founder Joel C. Sercel explain how everything from 3D-printed rockets to asteroid mining will help us explore, live and work in the f...Show More

The Future of Everything Festival: The Case for Universal Basic Income

15:26 | May 12th, 2018

There's a record wealth gap in the U.S. today. Entrepreneur and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes says it's time to talk about providing at least $500 a month to every American worker making less than $50,000 a year.

The Future of Everything Festival: Sarah Jessica Parker Says Time's Up

26:28 | May 12th, 2018

The actress and activist was joined by Tina Tchen, a partner at Buckley Sandler and leader of the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, to discuss the far-reaching effects of the #metoo movement.

The Future of Everything Festival: Wine Returns to Its Roots

22:10 | May 11th, 2018

Today, natural wine dominates the cellars of forward-thinking restaurants and collectors. But what is it exactly? And why is it suddenly everywhere? We asked Isabelle Legeron, founder of the RAW Wine Fairs, and Jordan Salcito, director of wine specia...Show More

The Future of Everything Festival: China's Digital Currency Experiment

14:18 | May 10th, 2018

Join the team from WSJ's Heard on the Street for a look at China's futuristic adoption of digital payments and cashless transactions.

The Future of Everything Festival: The Case for a Cashless Economy

16:09 | May 10th, 2018

Can digital payments make physical currency a thing of the past? Cryptpocurrency pioneer Charlie Shrem, founder of Crypto.IQ, says it's only a matter of time.

The Future of Everything Festival: Garry Kasparov on AI Making Us Free

24:12 | May 10th, 2018

Twenty years after losing to Deep Blue, the former world chess champion says that intelligent machines will promote their human makers to management rather than replace them.

The Future of Everything Festival: What's Next for AI?

22:00 | May 9th, 2018

Amy Webb calls herself a quantitative futurist. A professor at NYU's Stern School of Business, she uses her knowledge of game theory, sociology, programming and economics to imagine what's next. And she's deeply concerned about the lack of controls a...Show More

The Future of Everything Festival: Beauty, Wellness in the Digital Age

30:57 | May 9th, 2018

Beauty and wellness are more than just a state of mind. They're also big business. From next-gen wearables and 3-D printed skin to products serving all shades of society, we look at how the beauty industry's future is more than just skin deep.

Can Blockchain Keep Us Honest?

12:29 | May 2nd, 2018

From big banks to diamond dealers, companies are experimenting with blockchain, an open and distributed ledger, to make transactions more transparent and trustworthy. Could this technology mean the end of cooked books?

It's Complicated: Our Evolving Relationship with AI Assistants

17:08 | Apr 25th, 2018

Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence and big data, voice assistants like Siri and Alexa touch more of our lives than ever before. But what happens when these relationships become personal? And could a smart speaker be used to outsmart us?

Custom Parts: The Future of Transplanted Organs

18:45 | Apr 18th, 2018

Demand for donated organs far outstrips supply. But researchers are working to remedy the crisis using everything from gene-edited pigs to 3D-printed tissue.

The Criminal's Guide to Cryptocurrency

16:33 | Apr 11th, 2018

Crime involving digital currencies has skyrocketed in lockstep with their valuations. From bitcoin stickups to global money laundering, tech-savvy criminals are becoming increasingly anonymous. And law enforcement is scrambling to keep up.

The High-Tech Approach to Human Fertility

17:08 | Apr 3rd, 2018

The world's first test-tube baby turns 40 this year, but human reproduction is still one of medical science's great mysteries. From artificial sperm to AI-powered analysis of embryos, a look at how science is changing the way we make babies.

Artificial Intelligence - With Very Real Biases

18:54 | Feb 27th, 2018

AI is already helping decide who gets a job or whether somebody gets out of jail. But how objective are the algorithms behind these often life-altering decisions? And what happens when technology inherits all the biases of its creators?

The Global Race for Quantum Computing Supremacy

18:02 | Feb 14th, 2018

Companies and countries are battling to create the first universal quantum computer - a machine so powerful it could crack our current methods of encryption. In part-two of our series, we go inside the labs racing to bring us into the quantum age.

The Age of Quantum Computing is (Almost) Here

19:40 | Feb 7th, 2018

Quantum computers are no longer the stuff of science fiction. In the first of a two-part series, we talk to industry executives who are experimenting with this revolutionary technology and take you inside a lab racing to make it a reality.

The Disappearing Act of the Music Producer?

19:38 | Jan 24th, 2018

For decades, music producers worked behind the scenes, supporting artists in the studio and shaping their hits. In the age of streaming, will the old-school record producer become obsolete?

A Look Back as We Looked Ahead in 2017

24:00 | Dec 27th, 2017

In our inaugural year, we explored everything from urban farms to space law to Wall Street quants and 3-D printing. Highlights as we traveled in search of groundbreaking trends in science and technology.

The Very Risky Business of Underwriting Innovation

28:08 | Dec 20th, 2017

Who's responsible for a driverless car crash? How does a bank protect itself against the reputational damage of a cyber attack? An in-depth look at how big data and new technologies are changing the way insurance companies assess new risks.

Battling the Superbugs

22:17 | Dec 5th, 2017

What happens when antibiotics stop working? With drug-resistant infections on the rise, scientists are scrambling to develop new weapons in the fight against evolved bacteria-from cutting-edge diagnostic tests to revolutionary gene-editing techniques...Show More

The Rise of Experiential Retail

21:26 | Nov 21st, 2017

Brick-and-mortar store closures could result in one billion square feet of empty retail space. From modern art installations to stores with nothing for sale, a look at how brands are attempting to fill the void.

In the Eye: Technology Versus Deadly Storms

17:56 | Oct 25th, 2017

Scientists are gathering new forms of data to deliver increasingly accurate hurricane predictions. But since technology cannot solve the problem of hurricanes, what happens in the wake of a storm?

Coming October 25th: Season 2 of The Future of Everything

02:54 | Oct 13th, 2017

How can technology fight deadly hurricanes? Can modern medicine defeat superbugs? What's the future of bitcoin? Will retailers survive the digital age? Join Jennifer Strong as she looks at science and technology shaping our lives today, tomorrow and ...Show More

Get Ready for 3-D-Printed Everything

15:29 | Aug 29th, 2017

Today it's mostly prototypes and plastic trinkets. But additive manufacturing - aka 3-D printing - is poised to produce everything from airplane parts and auto bodies to sneaker soles and human organs.

The Markets Are Run by Robots

20:47 | Jun 30th, 2017

Quantitative models, and the investors who build them, are the new kings of Wall Street. But their rise has ramifications for everything from daily trading to how companies themselves are run.

How Lab-Grown Materials Are Changing Manufacturing

13:44 | Jun 23rd, 2017

Adidas sneakers made from vegan spider silk. Mushroom-based Dell computer packaging. Today, biofabrication--the science of growing raw materials in a lab--is producing everything from furniture to fabric.

Can Food Waste Save the World?

19:00 | Jun 16th, 2017

A comprehensive look at how the food we throw out daily could instead change the world for the better, featuring Anthony Bourdain, chef Massimo Bottura and Global Citizen's version of an Ed Sheeran song.

How Videogames Make AI Smarter

12:34 | Jun 9th, 2017

Engineers of artificial intelligence are using videogames to teach machines about humans and our world. And it's working. Autonomous vehicles may someday save lives using skills learned from popular games like 'Grand Theft Auto."

Everyone Needs a (Robot) Companion

11:33 | Jun 2nd, 2017

Meet the next generation of very friendly robots: a battery-powered cat that helps with eldercare, a smart grocery cart that carries your purchases, a social robot that recognizes your face when you enter the room.

Law and Order in the Final Frontier

18:55 | May 19th, 2017

Outer space is starting to look like the Wild West. As more and more private businesses seek profits in the final frontier, serious questions are emerging about the legality of their plans. Who will write the rules beyond Earth?

Has the Smart Gun Revolution Begun?

25:53 | May 19th, 2017

Americans love tech. Americans love guns. But high-tech guns? The subject remains incredibly controversial and the debate is more complex than tech-savvy versus tech-phobic. We unveil the latest smart gun aimed at the U.S. market.

Are We Ready for Manufactured Meat?

16:19 | May 19th, 2017

Is the boutique burger scene ready for vegan patties that bleed like meat? What about chicken and beef grown in tanks? With the global population expected to exceed 9-billion by 2050, scientists and executives are looking for sustainable and deliciou...Show More

The Urban, Indoor Future of Farming

15:13 | May 19th, 2017

Imagine walking around your office with a tray as you harvest vegetables for your company's cafeteria. How about a grocery store where the produce is grown upstairs? Or a refurbished shipping container with the growing power of two acres of farmland?...Show More

Meet One of the First Human Cyborgs

20:02 | May 19th, 2017

Meet Emily Borghard, one of the world's first true cyborgs thanks to a chip implanted in her brain. In the not too distant future, there could be millions more like her. These high-tech implants have implications for treating Parkinson's, Alzheimer's...Show More

Coming May 19th: The Future of Everything from WSJ

01:49 | May 5th, 2017

Prepare for a new podcast experience from The Wall Street Journal on Friday, May 19th. Introducing The Future of Everything. Join Jennifer Strong as she examines what's ahead for space exploration, high-tech guns, brain implants, meat production and ...Show More