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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.

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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.

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Highly relevant and interesting topics!

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Great interviewer and well picked interviewees

Current and informative

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This podcast will keep you up to date with current innovations.

iTunes Ratings

252 Ratings
Average Ratings
227
12
5
2
6

Highly relevant and interesting topics!

By M Liu-S - Mar 07 2020
Read more
Great interviewer and well picked interviewees

Current and informative

By lingua203 - Feb 13 2020
Read more
This podcast will keep you up to date with current innovations.
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Babbage from Economist Radio

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Rank #1: Babbage: Mark Zuckerberg's vision

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An efficient, low-cost way to detect explosives, and our US technology editor analyses Facebook’s future after an interview with its boss, Mark Zuckerberg  

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Apr 06 2016

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Rank #2: Babbage: Thin-skinned

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Nokia attracts bids for its HERE mapping service and tests of a few brave mice suggest space travel could be terrible for the skin  

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May 27 2015

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Rank #3: Babbage: Apple and the reason for sex

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Apple clashes with the FBI over accessing iPhone data and scientists finally prove why we keep having sex  

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Feb 24 2016

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Rank #4: Babbage: A bit of peace, round the corner

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The end of bitcoin’s civil war and a look at new technology that can be used to see round corners  

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Dec 09 2015

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Rank #5: Babbage: Will Google translate?

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If Google does reintroduce its search engine to China what will it have to omit? And how future helicopters will fly in new ways, with pilots optional. Also, the discovery of a 3,200-year-old ancient Egyptian cheese and what we can learn from it. Hal Hodson hosts

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Aug 22 2018

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Rank #6: Babbage: The ghosts of Babbage future

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In our second holiday special, our hosts look back from 2115. Pluto’s portraits may be humdrum by then, but AI, gene editing and quantum computing may have changed the world  

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Dec 30 2015

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Rank #7: Babbage: The genetic revolution

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Kenneth Cukier takes a look at the future of genetic engineering and what it means to be human. He speaks to leading scientists, doctors and philosophers to ask if ethics and regulations are able to keep up with the technology

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Apr 24 2019

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Rank #8: Babbage: Slimy, underwater light-eaters

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This week we look at how selectively bred coral-dwelling algae might survive warmer waters and at how bacteria bend light to direct their tiny bodies toward the sun  

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Feb 10 2016

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Rank #9: Babbage: Frosty organs and doped-up horses

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A charity in America rallies transplant-organ preservation scientists, and researchers in Hong Kong think they've found a way to detect doping in racehorses  

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Feb 03 2016

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Rank #10: Babbage: Paranoid android

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What does the European Commission's record fine of Google mean for the future of its Android operating system? And how a popular gene editing tool is raising a few questions. Also, we speak to Dr David Fajgenbaum about the first ever World Castleman Disease Day. Kenneth Cukier hosts

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Jul 18 2018

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Rank #11: Babbage: Facing the future?

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Legislators in San Francisco have just voted to ban the use of facial recognition—is this a victory for privacy or a setback for technology? Also, new research on how machine learning can be used to predict the likelihood of breast cancer. And Amazon's boss, Jeff Bezos, draws inspiration from science fiction in his aim to build space habitats. Kenneth Cukier hosts

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May 15 2019

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Rank #12: Babbage: The origins of Jupiter

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This week: After five years of travel, the Juno spacecraft finally nears Jupiter. Our science correspondent, Tim Cross speaks to host Jason Palmer about its vital and dangerous mission. And, Matt Kaplan discusses how the shifty eyes of gamblers can explain how our brains process numbers.  

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Jun 29 2016

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Rank #13: Babbage: Time and energy

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Why stock traders will soon need atomic clocks and Dupont finally tries to crack cellulosic biofuel  

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Oct 28 2015

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Rank #14: Babbage: Up in smoke

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Are e-cigarettes the answer to giving up tobacco smoking? And SpaceX revives its plans to send tourists around the moon. Also, we speak to Zia Chishti of Afiniti about the role of artificial intelligence in business. Kenneth Cukier hosts

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Sep 19 2018

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Rank #15: Babbage: Swine lifelines

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Dell makes a $67 billion bet in the form of the technology industry's largest ever merger and scientists prepare pig organs for human transplants  

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Oct 14 2015

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Rank #16: Babbage: Goodbye glaciers

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Miranda Johnson explains why ice in the Arctic is melting at such an alarming rate. Philip Auerswald takes us on a 40,000-year history of human society. And an idea borrowed from lizards could make your waterproof jacket last even longer  

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May 10 2017

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Rank #17: Babbage: Carbon sucks

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Scientists are experimenting with different ways to reduce the amount of carbon being emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere. Nilay Shah, of Imperial College London, explains how carbon capture and storage works. And, Wang Jian, a tech chief of Alibaba, on how data can be harnessed to make cities more efficient. Plus, three low-tech innovations that could make a big difference to sustainable living. Kenneth Cukier hosts


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Sep 25 2019

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Rank #18: Babbage: Anticipating terrorism

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In the wake of the Manchester bombing, Dr Robert Wesley explains how artificial intelligence can spot extremist behaviour early. Coloured light can now be used to control how genetically-engineered organisms behave. Also, what we must to do to preserve the oceans  

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May 24 2017

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Rank #19: Babbage: Nobel's neutrinos

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A data transfer pact between the EU and America is struck down in Europe and two scientists working on the changing identities of neutrinos receive the Nobel Prize in Physics  

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Oct 07 2015

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Rank #20: Babbage: The Roboburger

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Are robots going to replace chefs in the kitchen? And how footsteps can be used for ID and health checks. Also, we focus on the very latest discoveries from the Gaia space mission. Kenneth Cukier hosts

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Jul 11 2018

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