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WSJ’s The Future of Everything podcast

WSJ’s The Future of Everything

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. Hosted by Janet Babin.

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. Hosted by Janet Babin.

 

#50

Zero Carbon Future 2: How to Store Renewable Energy For a Rainy Day

One of the challenges of clean energy like wind or solar is that they fluctuate. And they're unreliable. So finding a better way to store this energy for dark seasons and doldrum days is the next hurdle to reaching goals for decarbonization. In this episode, we explore options that are already being used, and some new methods still in beta. WSJ Senior Energy Correspondent Sarah McFarlane joins host Janet Babin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

15 Oct 2021

26 MINS

26:22

15 Oct 2021


#49

An Archipelago Leads the Way on Clean Energy

A small Scottish community is perfecting new technologies that could help to power the green energy industry. Advances in wind and tidal power have turned the Orkney Islands into an exporter of renewable energy, instead of a fossil fuel importer. Rochelle Toplensky reports, Janet Babin hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

01 Oct 2021

33 MINS

33:12

01 Oct 2021


#48

Paying for College and Curbing Student Debt

Student loan debt is now around $1.6 trillion. Some economists fear that debt is irreparably harming the U.S. economy. But over the past 50 years, the availability of federal student loans has changed higher education. It's led to higher attendance rates, but also higher tuitions and higher expectations from the college experience. In this episode of The Future of Everything: what structural changes could improve the lending program going forward - and how that could change what college looks like in the future. With WSJ reporters Melissa Korn and Josh Mitchell. Janet Babin hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

28 Aug 2021

34 MINS

34:29

28 Aug 2021


#47

Outhacking the Hackers: The Future of Cybersecurity

A recent surge in high-profile cyber attacks has companies playing defense. Some are turning to ethical hackers to find software bugs before the bad guys do. But as Ava Sasani reports, researchers are also developing new hardware - to try and stop hackers in their tracks. Janet Babin hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

30 Jul 2021

24 MINS

24:58

30 Jul 2021


#46

No More Noise 2: Metamaterials Can Make the World a Quieter Place

Materials scientists are getting creative in the quest to quiet our increasingly noisy world. Using metamaterials - man made materials with special properties not found in nature - researchers could soon reduce or eliminate unwanted industrial sounds. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

02 Jul 2021

23 MINS

23:43

02 Jul 2021


#45

No More Noise: Turning Down The Volume on Cities - Part 1

The battle against noise has been waged, rather quietly, for decades. And yet, urban noise pollution is getting worse. A growing body of evidence indicates that it is more than a nuisance- persistent exposure to noise can cause chronic health issues. Anyone can be impacted, but marginalized communities most often live closer to sources of unwanted noise. In this episode, we look at the impacts of urban noise, new efforts to understand and track it and consider design solutions that can help mitigate unwanted sound. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

11 Jun 2021

29 MINS

29:05

11 Jun 2021


#44

Grammy Award Winner Jacob Collier on Evolving in Place

Singer-songwriter and producer Jacob Collier grew up producing music in his bedroom. After years of touring the world, the pandemic allowed him to return to that space - to continue developing his genre-bending music. In this episode, the five-time Grammy Award winner shares with host Janet Babin how the pandemic impacted his creative process, and how participatory music along with social media kept him connected to his audience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

14 May 2021

18 MINS

18:45

14 May 2021


#43

Grammy-Award Nominated Music Producer Oak Felder Shares His Vision

The pandemic forced artists and musicians to learn how to collaborate remotely. Some of these newfound methods were so successful, they'll likely influence the future of music creation and performance in the post-pandemic world. In this episode we talk with record producer Oak Felder about what the pandemic year taught him and how it will continue to influence his creative process. He'll be leading a workshop at the up-coming Future of Everything Festival. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

07 May 2021

22 MINS

22:04

07 May 2021


#42

How NFTs Could Disrupt the Art Market

After years of being a museum novelty, digital art is starting to sell like hotcakes--and in some cases for millions of dollars--because of a crypto asset called nonfungible tokens, or NFTs. And it isn't just art--sales of digital collectibles of all kinds are benefiting from these blockchain-based certificates of authenticity. NFTs are making the market more accessible for artists, but in the future, they also could disrupt the entire economy of the art market. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

16 Apr 2021

32 MINS

32:43

16 Apr 2021


#41

What We Can Learn From 'Long Covid'

Millions of people worldwide who survived an initial Covid-19 infection continue to struggle with debilitating symptoms months later. Physicians are unable to explain their illness. But there's now a name for it: Long Covid. The medical community is hoping that the data trove from Long Covid survivors can not only help them understand their conditions, but also how to treat illnesses with similar symptoms. In a previous version of this podcast released on March 26, we said that Body Politic published survey results in December. The Patient-Led Research Collaborative for Covid-19 published the paper. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

26 Mar 2021

26 MINS

26:23

26 Mar 2021


#40

How Psychedelic Drugs Are Making a Comeback to Treat Depression

The hallucinogenic compound psilocybin is undergoing a renaissance-not as a recreational drug but as a potential treatment for mental health conditions. We follow the journey of one participant of a scientific study into the psychedelic drug's effect on depression. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

05 Mar 2021

36 MINS

36:50

05 Mar 2021


#39

Metals That Work Like Magic

Trains that run from New York to California in a few hours, laptops that never overheat, and rockets that fly to Jupiter: These are some of the possibilities of superconductivity. After decades of failed experiments, a new discovery may have just gotten us a step closer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

12 Feb 2021

31 MINS

31:35

12 Feb 2021


#38

How the Pandemic Fueled Scientific Discovery and Collaboration

When Chinese researchers published the draft genome of the virus that causes Covid-19 early last January, it altered the course of the pandemic--and possibly changed science forever. Will this spirit of information-sharing and collaboration persist beyond the current crisis? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

15 Jan 2021

35 MINS

35:15

15 Jan 2021


#37

E-Ternal: New Technology and the Quest to 'Live' Forever

In this episode, we feature a short documentary by Wall Street Journal senior personal technology columnist Joanna Stern that explores how we can use technology to tell our stories long after we die. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

18 Dec 2020

29 MINS

29:02

18 Dec 2020


#36

Making a Home on the Moon

For the vast majority of humans, earth is our home. But that could soon change. Global efforts are underway to build sustainable habitats on the moon within the next decade or two. But beyond covering the necessities in an otherwise uninhabitable environment, we'll also need to consider the psychological effects of living in space, and what it will take to make the moon feel more like home. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

04 Dec 2020

30 MINS

30:50

04 Dec 2020


#35

Teacher's New Assistant: Artificial Intelligence

Schools around the world are slowly adopting artificial intelligence to better tailor teaching to individual kids. One program maps a student's mastery of math; another assesses literacy and screens for dyslexia. Critics are skeptical that this technology is as effective as promised. Could surveilling students in this way do more harm than good? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

06 Nov 2020

30 MINS

30:33

06 Nov 2020


#34

Mobile Voting's Future

As the U.S. gets ready for an election during a pandemic, we report on in-person voting options and review the security threats inherent in mobile or blockchain assisted voting. In a previous version of this podcast released on Oct. 2, we said that Bradley Tusk was funding mobile voting apps, including the Voatz app. Tusk Philanthropies has given funding to voting precincts to launch mobile voting pilot programs - not to the apps themselves. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

03 Oct 2020

27 MINS

27:11

03 Oct 2020


#33

The Blood of the Future Could be Made in a Lab

The coronavirus pandemic led to blood-donation shortages across the world, outlining the fragility of the pipeline. That has brought fresh urgency to research that has been decades in the making but is only now starting to become a reality: The production of artificial blood. Last year, researchers began a pioneering clinical trial, and more are on the way, bringing us closer to a world where blood factories augment supplies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

04 Sep 2020

28 MINS

28:06

04 Sep 2020


#32

How to Talk to Animals (and Know What They're Saying Back)

What if we could alert whales to stay away from oil spills? Or hear from dolphins directly when they want treats? Seamless conversation between animals and humans is still a far-off goal. But scientists think that machine-learning tools could open the door to communication with marine mammals. Listen to the first part of this two-part series, Google AI Tries to Save the Whales. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

28 Aug 2020

29 MINS

29:18

28 Aug 2020


#31

Google AI Tries to Save the Whales

In the Pacific Northwest, an increase in shipping traffic is further threatening the orca population, which has already seen its numbers drop in the face of food shortages and climate change. One of the biggest threats from the boats is noise pollution, which interferes with the whales' ability to communicate. Engineers at a unit of Google may have an answer: An alert system that relies on artificial intelligence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

14 Aug 2020

33 MINS

33:02

14 Aug 2020


#30

Traveling With Tech Made for the World's Fastest Sailboats

The America's Cup, the world's oldest sailing competition, has a reputation for fostering innovation. In 2013, contestants began to use hydrofoils-underwater wings on the hull-to lift their boats out of the water during the race, allowing them to reach highway speeds and revolutionizing the sport. An Olympic sailor and a billionaire oil trader are now reimagining the technology to make passenger ferries faster and more eco-friendly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

17 Jul 2020

25 MINS

25:11

17 Jul 2020


#29

Technology Helps Train Police Officers

In recent weeks, protests have erupted in response to police violence against citizens - specifically communities of color - forcing departments to reconsider how officers do their jobs. Police forces have been using tech - like Tasers and body cameras - to try and reduce the use of lethal force and improve accountability. In this episode, we'll explore how emerging technology - like virtual reality training - could improve police training by boosting empathy and tackling racial bias. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

03 Jul 2020

26 MINS

26:13

03 Jul 2020


#28

The Super Powers of Bats and the Fight to Stop Deadly Viruses

The tiny, flying creatures carry all sorts of viruses but don't get sick. How do they do that? We meet the researchers who are mapping bat genomes and studying the animal's ability to fend off inflammation. What they find could help humans better combat the next pandemic. Special thanks to Bradley Klein for allowing us to use his bat call sounds. He's given bat walks in New York's Central Park and surrounding areas for more than a decade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

05 Jun 2020

24 MINS

24:19

05 Jun 2020


#27

How Polio Research is Helping in the Hunt for a Vaccine

Research on a vaccine for the new coronavirus is progressing swiftly because of the legacy of scientists working on past diseases. Some of society's most devastating viruses ended up improving the way we study illness and search for cures. We explore the thread that connects research on polio and the new virus, SARS-CoV-2, and consider whether the pandemic will inform future generations of virologists. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

22 May 2020

23 MINS

23:53

22 May 2020


#26

Dead or Alive, Viruses are Everywhere, and Here to Stay

Viruses are ubiquitous, found in every crevice on earth. Some, like SARS CoV 2, can end up killing their hosts. But researchers credit ancient viruses with helping us form long term memories. As parts of the world reopen for business, we consider how these little packets of genetic material are not just our enemy, but helped us to evolve. Viruses, it turns out, shaped our genome, and will like be part of our evolutionary future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

08 May 2020

18 MINS

18:39

08 May 2020


#25

Covid-19 and AI: Tracking a Virus, Finding a Treatment

Artificial Intelligence can speed up research and improve accuracy. Those qualities are also key to suppressing the spread of Covid-19. With the globe clamoring for solutions to the pandemic, institutions, governments, universities and startups are turning to AI to shave precious time off the quest for a Covid-19 cure. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

17 Apr 2020

23 MINS

23:55

17 Apr 2020


#24

China is Ready for CBD. But Regulators Might Not Be.

The market for hemp-based CBD products is exploding. And China wants in on the potential profits. But CBD is highly regulated in China, and THC is illegal. Will China make room for this lucrative product? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

29 Jan 2020

16 MINS

16:33

29 Jan 2020


#23

AI Hiring, Never Retiring: Working in the 21st Century

The nature of work is evolving. Technology is already an integral part of most jobs, but new developments are changing the way we navigate the workplace. From hiring managers using artificial intelligence and virtual reality, to apps that help workers find their way through maze-like mega offices, the office of tomorrow is already being tested. And lots of people are wondering if technological advancements will keep them working forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

15 Jan 2020

28 MINS

28:27

15 Jan 2020


#22

Family Secrets: DNA Tests and the Future of Family

The clues to heredity hidden in our DNA have long been the purview of scientists. But in recent years, commercial DNA tests have made unlocking those secrets cheaper and easily accessible for millions of people. While most just find out about their ancestry, for some, the tests have opened Pandora's box. WSJ's Amy Dockser Marcus introduces us to three different stories of DNA tests with unexpected consequences. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

18 Dec 2019

32 MINS

32:04

18 Dec 2019


#21

On The Alert: The Next Generation Of Earthquake Early Warning Systems

For the past few decades, governments in earthquake-prone regions have built up early warning systems. Now, private tech companies are getting into the earthquake business. (Reporters Daniela Hernandez and Robbie Whelan) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read more

04 Dec 2019

25 MINS

25:56

04 Dec 2019