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Tech & science podcast episodes

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Thought it would be fun to gather recommendations for specific podcast episodes (not entire shows, just episodes) you think others interested in technology or science would enjoy or appreciate. Fiction or non-fiction!

Here's a few to get started:

PLANET MONEY Episode 576: When Women Stopped Coding

...a lot of computing pioneers, the ones who programmed the first digital computers, were women. And for decades, the number of women in computer science was growing.

But in 1984, something changed. The number of women in computer science flattened, and then plunged.

Brought to you by… 35. You've got Enron mail!

Enron collapsed nearly 20 years ago, but chances are something you use today was affected by emails sent by 150 of the company's top employees. These emails — about meetings and energy markets but also affairs, divorces, and fraud — have helped create new technologies, fight terrorism, and added to our understanding of how we communicate. But should these emails have been released in the first place?

99% Invisible The Next Billion Users

Every week millions of people come online for the very first time. And everyone – no matter where they live, what language they speak or their level of digital literacy – deserves an internet that was made for them. Google’s Next Billion Users initiative conducts research and builds products for everyone, everywhere.

In this episode, Roman talked with Asif Baki from Google and Payal Arora, digital anthropologist and author of the book The Next Billion Users.

The ELIZA Effect

Throughout Joseph Weizenbaum’s life, he liked to tell this story about a computer program he’d created back in the 1960s as a professor at MIT. It was a simple chatbot named ELIZA that could interact with users in a typed conversation. As he enlisted people to try it out, Weizenbaum saw similar reactions again and again — people were entranced by the program. They would reveal very intimate details about their lives. It was as if they’d just been waiting for someone (or something) to ask.

"Low Energy Economy" by Adrian Tchaikovsky

An asteroid miner on a solo space mission finds his sense of purpose.

"Staying Behind" by Ken Liu

As humanity tiptoes toward the Singularity, what happens to those who are left behind? This story appears in Ken Liu's new collection THE HIDDEN GIRL AND OTHER STORIES. It was first published in CLARKESWORLD in 2011.

"Tideline" by Elizabeth Bear

A sentient robot searches for her purpose in a post-war world. This story was originally published in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine in March 2007. It is available in THE BEST OF ELIZABETH BEAR.

A Brief Eulogy for a Consumer Electronics Product

Sony Walkman
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