Technology

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.

Computer Guys And Gal

Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

With the Consumer Electronics Show under way in Las Vegas, the Computer Guys and Gal explore what 2014 will bring, from 4K TV to wearable tech to the potential demise of passwords.

The Next Generation Of Online Maps (Rebroadcast)

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

The 7-year-old Google Maps is getting a bold re-design as online mapping becomes more personalized, interactive and mobile. We explore the push toward 3-D, real-time digital maps.

The Future Of The Past: Museums Digitizing Collections (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Dec 30, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo talks with thought leaders at the Smithsonian Institution about the future of museums and the practical challenges of digitizing the past.

The Future Of The Past: New Frontiers In Exploration (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Dec 30, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Explorers of the past spent years investigating sites in far flung corners of the world. Kojo talks with National Geographic Explorers about the innovative tools they're using and what they're finding.

Tech Tuesday: Preserving Family History (Rebroadcast)

Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Our most precious family history --old letters, home movies, photo albums--often end up in basements or attics--the worst possible place to preserve these materials. We explore high and low tech ways to protect and store family memorabilia, and the smartest way to migrate different materials to digital formats.

You, Your Doctor And A Computer: How Technology Impacts Personal Health Care

Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

As medical practices and health systems adopt new information technologies, the doctor-patient relationship is beginning to change. Kojo talks with a panel of doctors about the ways technology is impacting personal health care.

The Next Generation Of Online Maps

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

The 8-year-old Google Maps is getting a bold re-design as online mapping becomes more personalized, interactive and mobile. We explore the push toward 3-D, real-time digital maps.

The Future Of The Past: Museums Digitizing Collections

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

Kojo talks with thought leaders at the Smithsonian Institution about the future of museums and the practical challenges of digitizing the past.

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