Cover image of Babbage from Economist Radio
(204)
News
Tech News

Babbage from Economist Radio

Updated 5 days ago

News
Tech News
Read more

Named after Charles Babbage, a 19th-century polymath and grandfather of computing, Babbage is a weekly podcast on science and technology. Host Kenneth Cukier talks to our correspondents about the innovations, discoveries and gadgetry making the news. Published every Wednesday on Economist Radio.

Read more

Named after Charles Babbage, a 19th-century polymath and grandfather of computing, Babbage is a weekly podcast on science and technology. Host Kenneth Cukier talks to our correspondents about the innovations, discoveries and gadgetry making the news. Published every Wednesday on Economist Radio.

iTunes Ratings

204 Ratings
Average Ratings
184
9
4
1
6

Excellent!

By Cat2581 - Dec 13 2019
Read more
Thoughtful, well produced, and extremely interesting!

Excellent

By Chicharonnes - Jul 14 2019
Read more
I always learn something. The stories are engaging and easy to understand.

iTunes Ratings

204 Ratings
Average Ratings
184
9
4
1
6

Excellent!

By Cat2581 - Dec 13 2019
Read more
Thoughtful, well produced, and extremely interesting!

Excellent

By Chicharonnes - Jul 14 2019
Read more
I always learn something. The stories are engaging and easy to understand.
Cover image of Babbage from Economist Radio

Babbage from Economist Radio

Latest release on Jan 15, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 5 days ago

Rank #1: Babbage: Thin-skinned

Podcast cover
Read more
Nokia attracts bids for its HERE mapping service and tests of a few brave mice suggest space travel could be terrible for the skin For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 27 2015

7mins

Play

Rank #2: Babbage: Trending: The demise of antibiotics

Podcast cover
Read more
We talk to Jim O’Neill about how the overconsumption of antibiotics has eroded their effectiveness and discuss whether Facebook is turning into a news publisher For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 19 2016

17mins

Play

Rank #3: Babbage: The future of computing

Podcast cover
Read more
In a milestone for artificial intelligence, a program designed to play the ancient Asian game of Go has won the first of its five games against a human champion. It's an example of how smarter software, not just more powerful hardware, will drive progress in the computer industry in future For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Mar 09 2016

13mins

Play

Rank #4: Babbage: Lots in space

Podcast cover
Read more

The race is on to launch satellites to connect the entire world to the internet. We talk to psychologist and geneticist Robert Plomin, about his career and his latest book. And, is the fax machine facing extinction? Kenneth Cukier hosts

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Dec 12 2018

20mins

Play

Rank #5: Babbage: AI: The end of the scientific method?

Podcast cover
Read more

Researchers are using artificial intelligence techniques to invent medicines and materials—but in the process are they upending the scientific method itself? The AI approach is a form of trial-and-error at scale, or “radical empiricism”. But does AI-driven science uncover new answers that humans cannot understand? Host Kenneth Cukier finds out with James Field of LabGenius, Demis Hassabis of DeepMind, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, tech venture capitalists Zavain Dar and Nan Li, philosophy professor Sabrina Leonelli, and others.

Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:

www.economist.com/radiooffer

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Nov 27 2019

22mins

Play

Rank #6: Babbage: Insane in the methane

Podcast cover
Read more

What is causing the rising rates of methane in the atmosphere? Also, how an amphibious life for the Bajau people has led to unique evolutionary traits. And the excitement around the Gaia space probe’s latest data release. Hal Hodson hosts

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Apr 25 2018

16mins

Play

Rank #7: Babbage: The ethics of AI

Podcast cover
Read more

Artificial intelligence heralds the fourth industrial revolution. But what are its ethical challenges? Also, Anne McElvoy and producer Cheryl Brumley head under Manhattan to inspect New York’s newest water tunnel. And the biggest rocket in the world prepares for its maiden flight. Kenneth Cukier hosts.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jan 17 2018

20mins

Play

Rank #8: Babbage: Quantum leaps and bee-conomics

Podcast cover
Read more
Computer companies are harnessing the power of quantum mechanics and why the majority of bees have no economic value For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jun 17 2015

9mins

Play

Rank #9: Babbage: Big data versus privacy

Podcast cover
Read more

Data is becoming the world's most valuable resource. Governments use it to monitor and control their citizens. Corporations use it to persuade consumers to buy their products. But as machine learning and algorithms advance, will people still be able to harness the power of big data without losing too much individual privacy? Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK).

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 02 2018

31mins

Play

Rank #10: Babbage: Atomic vision

Podcast cover
Read more
Hackers threaten the "internet of things", and scientists use atomic microscopes to observe and control chemical reactions in real time For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jul 15 2015

11mins

Play

Rank #11: Babbage: AI and IA

Podcast cover
Read more
Ad-blocking software has reached the mainstream and is going mobile, and handheld robots begin to marry what both man and machine do well For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jun 03 2015

9mins

Play

Rank #12: Babbage: Curing cancer

Podcast cover
Read more

Miracles in a test tube won't cure cancer; using and adapting the technology we've already got will. Plus how WiFi's little brother LoRa will enable our smart cities to flourish. And why Saturn's space probe Cassini is diving to its death on Friday.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Sep 13 2017

16mins

Play

Rank #13: Babbage: The planet hunter

Podcast cover
Read more

Professor Sara Seager joins us to discuss the launch of the spacecraft TESS, and its two-year mission to discover new planets. Also, physicist and author Leonard Mlodinow explains elastic thinking. And, how robots are learning to assemble flat-pack furniture. Kenneth Cukier hosts

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Apr 18 2018

16mins

Play

Rank #14: Babbage: A growing conCERN

Podcast cover
Read more

We discuss CERN’s latest plans for a successor to the Large Hadron Collider. Also, our healthcare editor explains how scientists hope to develop vaccines more quickly for unexpected viruses. And, how altering the genetic code of E.coli is leading to groundbreaking research on cancer drugs. Kenneth Cukier hosts.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jan 16 2019

17mins

Play

Rank #15: Babbage: Private patients

Podcast cover
Read more

Google has teamed up with US-healthcare provider Ascension to access patient data without them being notified. What are the privacy concerns and implications for digital healthcare? And, how will 3D printing change the way we build everything from skyscrapers to spaceships. Also, Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and author, speaks to Kenn Cukier about the future of science education and space exploration.


Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:

www.economist.com/radiooffer

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Nov 13 2019

28mins

Play

Rank #16: Babbage: Hacking the hackers

Podcast cover
Read more
The Hacking Team gets hacked, exposing alleged illegal activities, and NASA's New Horizons probe flickers back to life as it approaches the planetoid Pluto For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jul 08 2015

9mins

Play

Rank #17: Babbage: Reality check

Podcast cover
Read more

Virtual reality continues to make people sick. Will the technology ever take off and is it designed for women? Leo Murray, from “Riding Sunbeams”, on using solar power to propel future commuter journeys. Also, how slippery toilets could reduce water-use. Alok Jha hosts 


Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:

www.economist.com/radiooffer


For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Nov 20 2019

23mins

Play

Rank #18: Babbage: Fusing the future

Podcast cover
Read more

In this week’s Babbage, Alok Jha investigates the organisations and companies trying to crack a technology that could solve all of the world’s energy problems in a stroke—nuclear fusion. From Iter, the world's largest collaborative fusion experiment, to private start-ups racing to be first, could the long-promised dream of nuclear fusion - to provide clean, limitless, carbon-free power - finally be about to come true?

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jun 05 2019

20mins

Play

Rank #19: Babbage: Tech giants go to medical school

Podcast cover
Read more

The world’s biggest technology firms are poised to transform health care. Will it empower patients and lead to a better diagnosis? Also, ways to prevent passengers in driverless cars from feeling queasy. And how genes play a role in the likelihood of divorce. Kenneth Cukier hosts.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jan 31 2018

18mins

Play

Rank #20: The World in 2018: Technology and us

Podcast cover
Read more

In the final episode in our six-part series, we look at the scientific and technological advances that will shape the coming year - from algorithms that can make judgments about us online, to robots that are more effective than humans in the work place. Cathy O'Neil, author of "Weapons of Math Destruction" and Shane Wall, the Chief Technology Officer of HP join our hosts.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Feb 14 2018

25mins

Play