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WSJ’s The Future of Everything

by The Wall Street Journal

What will the future look like? The Future of Everything offers a kaleidoscope view of the nascent trends that will shape our world. In every episode, join our award-winning team on a new journey of discovery. We’ll take you beyond what’s already out there, and make you smarter about the scientific and technological breakthroughs on the horizon that could transform our lives for the better.

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Episodes

Science of Success: How Self-Reporting Made Flying Safer

13m · Published 22 Mar 10:00
This year, several high profile incidents have kept flying in the limelight. Yet air travel is currently safer than ever. The biggest U.S. commercial airlines have now gone 15 years without a fatal crash. So, how did hurtling through the sky in a giant metal tube become this safe? WSJ columnist Ben Cohen speaks with former FAA and International Civil Aviation Organization executive William Voss about the voluntary self-reporting programs that made flying the safest form of travel and asks if the airline industry’s safety measures could provide a blueprint for regulation in other fields. What do you think about the show? Let us know on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or email us: [email protected] Listening on Google Podcasts? Here's our guide for switching to a different podcast player. Further reading: Flying in America Has Actually Never Been Safer Boeing Tells Airlines to Check 787 Cockpit Seats After Mishap on Latam Flight Behind the Alaska Blowout: a Manufacturing Habit Boeing Can’t Break Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Why Waymo's Robotaxis Are Hitting the Arizona Freeway

16m · Published 15 Mar 10:00
After years of promises that driverless cars were just over the horizon, one of the industry's biggest players is headed for the freeway. Now, for the first time, Alphabet’s Waymo is allowing robotaxis to take its employees on high-speed roads in Phoenix, Arizona without a human driver. The move comes just as the industry is facing a harsh reality after high-profile crashes: GM’s Cruise had its permits to operate driverless robotaxis pulled by the California DMV, and Waymo issued its first-ever recall after two of its cars collided with a pickup truck being towed. WSJ reporter Meghan Bobrowsky discusses what this could mean for the future of self-driving cars and where the industry is heading. What do you think about the show? Let us know on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or email us: [email protected] Further reading: Self-Driving Cars Enter the Next Frontier: Freeways Self-Driving Car Company Waymo Issues First-Ever Recall After Two Phoenix Crashes GM’s Cruise Says U.S. Is Investigating Driverless Car’s Collision With Pedestrian ​​America’s Most Tech-Forward City Has Doubts About Self-Driving Cars Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Recharge as You Drive? The Future of EVs Could Be Wireless.

20m · Published 08 Mar 11:00
Imagine driving down a road that recharges your electric car as it moves. Companies around the world are experimenting with new technology that can wirelessly charge EVs while they drive, thanks to copper coils buried beneath the asphalt. It could mean less time spent plugging in at slow chargers, no need for heavy, expensive lithium-ion batteries and wave goodbye to range anxiety. WSJ’s Danny Lewis reports on what it would take for this tech to hit the road, and how it could change the way we refuel our vehicles. What do you think about the show? Let us know on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or email us: [email protected] Further reading: These Companies Want to Charge Your Electric Vehicle as You Drive No More Charging Stops? We Take a Road Trip in an Ultralong-Range EV The Big Year for EVs Gets Off to a Bumpy Start Electric Cars and Driving Range: Here’s What to Know About EV Range Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

How Today’s Aircraft Accidents Could Make Future Planes Safer

13m · Published 01 Mar 11:00
In recent months, an Alaska Airlines jet lost a door plug mid-flight, and a Japan Airlines plane collided with another aircraft at an airport in Tokyo. Accidents like these are uncommon, but they could help engineers design safer airplanes. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University associate professor Anthony Brickhouse tells WSJ’s Danny Lewis how advanced materials and computer systems could bring flight into a safer future, while making sure human pilots are still part of the equation. What do you think about the show? Let us know on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or email us: [email protected] Further reading: How Safe Is Flying Today? Answering Your Questions Boeing 737 MAX Missing Critical Bolts in Alaska Airlines Blowout, NTSB Says Boeing Finds New Problem With 737 MAX Fuselages Inside a Flaming Jet, 367 Passengers Had Minutes to Flee. Here’s How They Did It. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Science of Success: The Mind at Work Behind an Iconic Song

13m · Published 23 Feb 11:00
Is it an earworm or an icon? The Super Mario Bros. theme is the soundtrack to many childhoods and has remained resonant today. Recently inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry, the song was not easy to write. Video game composer Koji Kondo faced musical and technical challenges in creating the song. Columnist Ben Cohen talks to New England Conservatory musicologist Andrew Schartmann about how Kondo created this lasting and genre-changing piece of music. What do you think about the show? Let us know on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or email us: [email protected] Further reading: The Mind Behind the Music You Can't Get Out of Your Head Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Could AI Prevent the Next Global Supply Chain Crisis?

14m · Published 16 Feb 11:00
AI has brought new challenges for corporate executives in managing their workforces and supply chains. Flex CEO Revathi Advaithi tells WSJ reporter Emily Glazer how she is adjusting to uncertainty and gives her outlook on the future of the workplace and manufacturing. This conversation was recorded at WSJ’s CEO Council Summit on December 12, 2023. What do you think about the show? Let us know on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or email us: [email protected] Further reading: Leading in Uncertain Times Sam Altman Seeks Trillions of Dollars to Reshape Business of Chips and AI Logistics-Tech Startups Face Uncertain Future as Freight Slump Continues The Do’s and Don’ts of Using Generative AI in the Workplace Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

How Face Scans and Fingerprints Could Become Your Work Badge

20m · Published 09 Feb 11:00
Badge swipes and passwords are cornerstones of security in the modern workplace. But in a world where security is increasingly tied to biometrics and personal devices, your face or fingerprint may soon become the key to workplace security. While biometrics could provide better protection for sensitive information than an easily forgettable password, what are the privacy risks of biometric tech going mainstream? WSJ’s Danny Lewis explores the future of biometric security at work, and whether it could even go beyond face scans and fingerprints. What do you think about the show? Let us know on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or email us: [email protected] Further reading: Your Face Is Your Ticket: A Creepy Convenience Apple Makes Security Changes to Protect Users From iPhone Thefts Rite Aid Banned From Using AI Facial Recognition in FTC Settlement What Is the Future of Identity Verification? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Is AI Taking the Human Out of the HR Department?

20m · Published 02 Feb 11:00
Will the human resources department be replaced by robots? Not quite, but the use of generative artificial intelligence in HR is on the rise. WSJ reporter Chip Cutter tells us how companies are incorporating AI tools internally and what might change in the future. Plus, we hear from Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code and Moms First, who recently introduced paidleave.ai, a free AI-powered chatbot designed to help workers navigate paid family leave benefits. Saujani tells WSJ’s Charlotte Gartenberg about what she sees as the potential risks and benefits of AI in the workplace. What do you think about the show? Let us know on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or email us: [email protected] Further reading: New York City Passed an AI Hiring Law. So Far, Few Companies Are Following It. How AI Will Change the Workplace HR Departments Turn to AI-Enabled Recruiting in Race for Talent The Do's and Don'ts of Using Generative AI in the Workplace Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Science of Success: The Nvidia CEO’s Lessons in Building a $1T Company

10m · Published 26 Jan 11:00
Nvidia's Jensen Huang is Silicon Valley's longest tenured CEO, and his company recently joined the trillion dollar club. But if he knew at the start what he knows now, would he do it all again? WSJ Science of Success columnist Ben Cohen explains Huang’s approach to success and what that might mean for tomorrow's entrepreneurs. What do you think about the show? Let us know on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or e mail us: [email protected] Further reading: He Built a Trillion-Dollar Company. He Wouldn’t Do It Again. Tech’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ Stocks Are Back on Top Markets Analysis: Nvidia Stock Jumps to Record High Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Why AI Keeps Getting Better at Making Fake Images

18m · Published 19 Jan 11:00
Fake images are already turning heads online, and Hany Farid, a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, says we’re only going to see more of it. Farid specializes in image analysis and digital forensics. He tells WSJ’s Alex Ossola why it’s so easy to use generative AI to create convincing fake images, and why it could cause problems in the future. Plus, he discusses the potential tech solutions that will help us decipher whether an image or video we’re seeing online is too good to be true. What do you think about the show? Let us know on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or email us: [email protected] Further reading: Real or AI? The Tech Giants Racing to Stop the Spread of Fake Images Reality Is Broken. We Have AI Photos to Blame. A New Way to​ Tell Deepfakes From Real Photos: Can It Work? AI-Created Images Are So Good Even AI Has Trouble Spotting Some Sharing Fake Nude Images Could Become a Federal Crime Under Proposed Law Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

WSJ’s The Future of Everything has 87 episodes in total of non- explicit content. Total playtime is 35:06:04. The language of the podcast is English. This podcast has been added on February 22nd 2023. It might contain more episodes than the ones shown here. It was last updated on April 5th, 2024 05:15.

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