Technically Sweet

Chocolate is beloved by...well, most humans, it would seem. But this sweet treat that, for many of us, brings instant happiness, has a nasty secret: …

Training Computers to See

Over the past few decades, computer vision has held the promise of making the world a better place, from aiding the blind to helping doctors better analyze medical imagery. But as it turns …

The Worst Cyber Attack (For now)

In June 2017, something weird — and very alarming — started happening at a company in Copenhagen. It seemed that hackers had shut down the company’s network, and were demanding a ransom. …

How We Found Ourselves

Get out your smartphone, and you can almost instantaneously know where you are — and find out how to get where you want to go. Which, when you think back on the history of human navigation …

About Us, But Not For Us (Repost)

Originally broadcast in April 2019. As we approach the end of 2019, the Financial Times recognizes Shoshana Zuboff's "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism" as one of the best business books …

Prediction (BYTE)

When humans predict something, it’s basically an educated guess, based on our experiences. When a machine makes a prediction, it uses data and math. And we are increasingly relying on …

The Digital Divide

Imagine a life without the Internet. No email, no Instagram, no texting, no Google maps, no Netflix...what would you do? A “normal” life would be …

Hacking (BYTE)

In the world of computer science, being a hacker means you know what’s up, and you have street cred. Outside of technology circles, though, hacking …

Machine Learning (BYTE)

It’s 2019, and machine learning is everywhere. It might not be Skynet, but it can still sound a little scary. If the robot apocalypse isn’t around the corner, what is? We talk to Kantwon …

Memory (BYTE)

What exactly is memory? And why is it so important to how our devices work today? Friend of the show and Georgia Tech computing lecturer Kantwon Rogers breaks it down into bits and bytes — …

The Answer Machine

Google has become our yellow pages, our atlas, our library, our medical consultant, our shopping guide. Which means it is, basically, a giant, …

Algorithms (BYTE)

Simply put, we (humans) can’t possibly process all of the data in the world, which is why computers are so useful — and why algorithms have become so …

Your Data Are Showing

What could someone learn about you from your location? What about your Facebook likes? What about just...your face? You’re probably thinking — not …

Power from the People (Post Trump, Pre-2020)

Originally broadcast in March 2019, this episode has a new introduction, with an update on the Trump administration’s push to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. 

At the birth …

Power Lines, Post SCOTUS

Originally broadcast in May 2019, this episode has a new introduction, with an update on the implications of the recent Supreme Court decision on partisan gerrymandering.

The United States …

Conspiracy Tyranny

If the rise of despots around the world seems bewildering, especially given our unprecedented access to information in 2019 — therein might lie the very problem. A new kind of propaganda …

Kinetic Effects

We know that Russia has been honing its tools of disinformation since the Cold War, but how did Soviet Era sabotage make the jump into the digital …

Dezinformatsiya

Russians posing as Americans. Wild conspiracy theories about political figures. Outright fabrications. All part of Russian efforts to interfere in …

Climate and Behavior: Warmer Means Worse

Climate change is already reshaping the natural world, but how does it affect human behavior? Economist Marshall Burke is part of a growing field of scientists uncovering interactions …

Power Lines

The United States is a pretty divided country; which may just feel like an inevitable product of our times. But it turns out there’s one partisan …

Titan vs. Titan: A.I. & the Race for Global Supremacy

There’s an epic struggle under way: a challenge to lead the world in A.I. — artificial intelligence. But this space race for the 21st century doesn’t seem to be getting enough attention …

Weaponized

When we think of killer robots, images of the Terminator, Robocop, and other dystopian movies often spring to mind. These movies usually don’t end well (for the humans, at least). So it …

About Us, But Not for Us

Shoshana Zuboff doesn’t mince words when it comes to the data economy. According to Zuboff, author of the recent book *The Age of Surveillance …

Power from the People, Part II: A New Kind of Machine

At the start of the 20th century, the United States Census Bureau was in a bit of a pickle. The electric tabulating machines that had saved the …

Power from the People

At the birth of the United States, the new nation faced a problem. How do you make a crazy new idea — power coming not from a king, but from the people — a reality? There was no handbook; …

Meet Raw Data

On Raw Data, we take a look at the new source of power in the 21st century: data. Whoever controls data has power. But is this making things better? …

Reckoning

Silicon Valley and Washington DC have a showdown when Zuckerberg goes before Congress. Silicon Valley has grown powerful because it advances a vision …

Inevitability

Technology is an almost god-like force that acts upon all of humanity. What does it actually want?

Democracy

Can democracy survive the internet? What country will take the lead in shaping our online environment – and how?

Gatekeepers

The tech giants that control the internet have destroyed 20th century institutions and challenged the role of an independent press. Whither the 4th …

All the World's a Stage

Within 15 years, social media has become the dominant force shaping the Valley. What does it mean for individuals around the world and for society at large to be publicly performing in so …

The Garage

Silicon Valley reveres garage start-ups and the myth of the entrepreneur. But, in the wake of the dotcom crash, power dynamics shift. Have the entrepreneurs, these quintessential American …

Land of the Free Dotcom

Netscape’s IPO electrifies the dotcom era, and “New Economy” proponents insist that cyberspace will redefine the rules of prosperity. The data …

The Triple Fence

In the post-Watergate era, two academics battle the NSA and establish the technology that protects our online information. Cryptography remains a …

The Looking Glass

The Valley comes of age as the center of innovation and personal computing. Doug Englebart delivers the Mother of All Demos. Steve Jobs makes a …

Drop City

Inspired by cybernetics and LSD, Stewart Brand creates the Whole Earth Catalog as a how-to manual for the commune movement. The catalog articulates a …

Valley of Heart's Delight

Before tech, there were orchards in the “Valley of Heart’s Delight.” Federal funding for Cold War research changes everything, and the semiconductor …

Monument to a Dead Child

The seeds of Silicon Valley were sown long ago. The Gold Rush, the railroad barons, the founding of Stanford University, and myths of the American …

Prelude

Introducing the series. Silicon Valley’s power: how did we get here?

Season Finale: The Legal Codes

How are algorithms and data science making their way into the American criminal justice system? The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world, and it’s clear from …

Meddling

There are A LOT of unanswered questions right now about Russia’s role in the 2016 election. Whether it’s actually hacking into the DNC servers or …

Newer Money

It's been a minute since we've checked in on the world's favorite cryptocurrency – Bitcoin! And man oh man is there a lot of upheaval in Bitcoin-land. The price is soaring, the SEC is …

Propaganda Armies

Let’s face it – there’s a lot of bulls**t flying around on the Internet. But where is it all coming from? This week, we tackle fake news, propaganda, …

A New Day in Hollywood

There are massive changes underway in Hollywood – and a lot of the disruption is being driven by big data. In this week’s episode, we’re taking a …

Attention is Money

On the Internet there’s a never-ending, epic battle to catch – and keep – your attention. We don't really think about it much, but attention is a precious and personal resource, and these …

Data Confidential

It’s nearly impossible to know if you're having a truly private, unmonitored conversation today. Big data and online communications open the door for …

Gold or Pyrite?

Welcome to Season 2 of Raw Data! There's been a lot of buzz about big data in the past few years. The success of companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon has helped fuel the growth of …

Upon Reflection: Season 1

We’ve reached the end of Season 1 of Raw Data! (Don’t worry, there’s a second season coming soon.) In this episode, producers Mike and Leslie break from the usual format, and sit down in …

Episode 11: So... What's On Your Mind?

Language is a window into our minds. So with all the digital text trails we're creating these days, what can we learn about our inner psychology, …

Episode 10: Love

LOVE!! Why is it so hard to find?! The seemingly endless options of online dating should make it easy, right? Is there data that can predict lasting …

Episode 9: The Digital Afterlife

What happens to our data when we die? Digital estate planning is becoming an increasingly important topic, though many of our laws have not yet caught up. These days, we leave behind entire …

Episode 8: All the News That's Fit to Feed

How do you get your news – and how do you think your news gets to you? The pathway of information flow involves layers of decisions that in many ways …

Episode 7: The Big Data of Nature

As we hear over and over again, environmental issues are mounting, and the stakes are huge. So how might big data be used to tackle the issues of sustainability, climate change, habitat …

Episode 6: Under the Influence

Are we addicted to the Internet? Is it even appropriate to use the language of addiction about smartphones and other digital devices? After all, tech companies intentionally appeal to human …

Episode 5: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Data

Elections and political messaging are changing in the new media landscape. Campaigns are using big data to target voters with better precision, and …

Episode 4: New Money

Cryptocurrencies could revolutionize money and finance. But even more than that, they symbolize how trust is changing as we increasingly rely on …

Episode 3: The Hippocratic Algorithm

Big data is revolutionizing health and medicine, from genomics to wearable technologies to precision health. But is our medical care system prepared …

Episode 2: Work in the Crowd

What is the future of work? Today, all of our careers are being transformed by big data, from how we find it, to how we collaborate with others, to …

Episode 1: Uploaded

Welcome to Raw Data! In this first episode, hosts Mike Osborne and Leslie Chang explore how normal, everyday digital footprints can reveal surprisingly intimate facts – like whether your …

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