Technology

Behind The Scenes At Local Public Libraries

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Over the last decade, public libraries have changed and evolved rapidly to meet patron demand. Directors must balance the budget, find new ways to use existing space and manage collections that include books and resources, both tangible and virtual. We talk with directors of three local systems about the role of the library in our modern communities.

Bot Invasion: Automating The Web

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

We explore the fascinating world of bots: tiny programs that automate tasks on the Web. We look at the legal, ethical and privacy questions bots raise, and find out how they're decoding formulas that companies use to pigeonhole us.

Choosing A Cell Phone And Mobile Data Plan

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

A wave of new offers from cell phone carriers leaves consumers confused about data plans, phone upgrades and how to save money. We explore changes in the industry and how to find the best deal.

Computer Guys and Gal

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

The Computer Guys and Gal return for a fresh look at what's new in the world of tech.

New Concerns Over Net Neutrality

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

With the soaring popularity of video streaming, a deal between Netflix and Comcast raises new questions about net neutrality and the future of equal access on the Internet.

Maryland's Troubled Health Care Exchange

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

After months of technical and other glitches with Maryland's health care exchange website, state health officials this week terminated their contract with the company that built the site, echoing a move in January by the federal government.

Diversity In Video Games

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

With more women and minorities playing video games, Kojo looks at why most games don't seem to reflect this growing diversity in their content.

Douglas Rushkoff On "Generation Like" And "Present Shock"

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Tech Tuesday explores how our devices are running our lives, turning teens on social media into an army of advertisers and trapping us all in the present moment.

Do Brain Training Games Work?

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

An explosion of brain training games has people using apps and software programs to improve memory and reasoning. One study says the positive effects can last a decade. Skeptics disagree.

The Struggle To Boost Government Efficiency

Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014 at 12:20 p.m.

After the rocky launch of Healthcare.gov, there's a renewed focus on how to boost government efficiency. We explore the challenges of making federal offices run more effectively.

Computer Guys And Gal

Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Apple celebrates its 30th birthday, Yahoo becomes the latest company to be hacked and your "smart" refrigerator may be sending you spam. The Computer Guys and Gal are here.

Deep Learning: Teaching Computers To Think Like People

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

The pioneer of "deep learning" explains how computers can learn to think by mimicking the brain's system of neural networks, and how Google and others are using that ability.

Anonymous Speech And Online Reviews

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 12:18 p.m.

A recent Virginia court ruling requires Yelp to reveal the identities of users behind a handful of negative reviews. We discuss the ruling and its implications for anonymous speech.

Predicting The Future Of Tech In 2014 And Beyond

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

We explore how technology is changing our world, from the "Internet of things" that generate and transmit data about us to quantum computers that may soon think like humans.

Food & Social Media: Beyond Instagramming Dinner

Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.

The Internet and social media make it easier than ever for shoppers to ask why a company uses potentially harmful chemicals or how they're sourcing ingredients. We consider the changing communication dynamics between food producers and customers and how they're affecting what we eat.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.