Aired 8 months ago 5:45
Oculus was supposed to bring virtual reality to the masses. What happened?
Marketplace Tech with Molly Wood
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Aired 1 year ago 6:27
Palantir may go public, but can it turn a profit?
The data analytics company Palantir is reportedly considering going public. Palantir is the company co-founded by controversial Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, formerly of PayPal. It's named after an all-seeing artifact in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The company promises police departments, governments, even the IRS, that it can take in huge amounts of data and make artificial intelligence-informed guesses to help track down criminals and cheats, among other things. In a secret pilot program in New Orleans, Palantir tech even tried to predict when crime would happen or who might be a victim. But lately its huge $20 billion valuation is in doubt and privacy activists are concerned about its tactics. Molly Wood talks about it with Mark Harris, a reporter who's covered Palantir for Wired magazine. Today's show is sponsored by Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Â
Aired 9 months ago 32:05
Can Palantir Be Used For Good?
On todayâ€™s show, host Will Oremus looks at the fallout from Amazonâ€™s announcement last week that theyâ€™re abandoning plans for a new headquarters in New York City. Some celebrated it as a victory; others mourned a missed opportunity; still others were mad that Amazon took its ball and went home, rather than negotiating a fairer deal.Then, April Glaser talks with Faine Greenwood from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, where she focuses on the role of drones and data intensive foreign aid projects. Her latest piece for Slate is headlined â€œWhy Humanitarians Are Worried About Palantirâ€™s New Partnership With the U.N.â€ 6:02 - Interview with Faine Greenwood23:15 - Donâ€™t Close My TabsStories discussed on the show: Slate: New Yorkâ€™s Anti-Amazon Movement Is Now a Blueprint for Critics of Big TechSlate: Why Humanitarians Are Worried About Palantirâ€™s New Partnership With the U.N.Donâ€™t Close My Tabs:April: The New Yorker: Private Mossad for HireWill: Wired: AR Will Spark The Next Big Tech Platform-Call It MirrorworldPodcast production by Max JacobsYou can get updates about whatâ€™s coming up next by following us on Twitter @ifthenpod. You can follow Will @WillOremus and April @Aprilaser. If you have a question or comment, you can email us at email@example.com.If Then is presented by Slate and Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, New America, and Slate. Future Tense explores the ways emerging technologies affect society, policy, and culture. To read more, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our weekly newsletter.Listen to If Then via Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Play.
Aired 9 months ago 22:36
What is Paranoia - Explained by a Bipolar and Schizophrenic.
We often use actual mental illnesses to describe behaviors that don't actually qualify. For example, if a friend thinks they failed a test, we might jokingly say, "Stop being paranoid." But what isÂ realÂ paranoia? What does it feel like? What can be done about it? In this episode, Michelle talks about her life with, and without, paranoia. Highlights from â€˜Paranoiaâ€™ Episode [1:00] Michelle discusses when her paranoia started. [4:00] The most amazing thing that Michelle could finally do: nap. [7:00] Paranoia or scared of society? [8:40] How did Michelle realize she was paranoid? [10:30] How did Michelle stop being paranoid? [15:30] Taking criticism and not caring. [17:30] Michelle still gets offended on occasion. [20:30] Seeing success in our future.