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Author: The Atlantic

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Big questions about technology, science, and culture, hosted by The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson. On Season 3 (launching May 9): unbreak the internet.
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From Charlottesville, Virginia, to Christchurch, New Zealand, the last few years have been filled with examples of online hatred spilling over into offline violence. How did the Web become one big media channel for the far right, and how can we make the Internet safe from extremism?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Young people are having less sex, and access to digital pornography has never been greater. Coincidence? In this episode, we wade into the debate over pornography and determine what, if anything, can be said about its effect on our relationships.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Admit it: You have no idea what privacy means anymore. These days, virtually all online activity—searching, shopping, browsing—requires giving away our personal information to tech companies. In this episode, we review the 200 year history of privacy in America and explain what the new age of “surveillance capitalism” means for all of us who have to live in it.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ten years ago, “Move fast and break things” was the clarion call of the world’s tech giants. Well, they moved fast and broke stuff, alright. Lots of stuff. Whether it’s Facebook privacy scandals, YouTube’s radicalization of the far right, or China’s brutal use of surveillance gadgetry, digital technology seems to be a relentless force for greed, bad faith, and tyranny these days. Let’s talk about it.“Unbreak the Internet” is the theme for the third season of Crazy/Genius, The Atlantic’s podcast on tech and culture. Over the course of eight weeks, we’ll expose the surveillance states in both western China and East New York, ask if digital platforms are an accelerant for right-wing nationalism, tell you why privacy is the climate-change crisis of the internet, and more. The third season of Crazy/Genius returns on May 9.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In a special bonus episode, computer scientist and data journalist Meredith Broussard explains how “technochauvinism” derailed the dream of the digital revolution.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
AI can beat human geniuses at Jeopardy, chess, and complex mathematics. But surely, these machines don’t have anything that even closely resembles human imagination. Or do they?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Americans eat more meat now than ever. That’s a problem for the planet’s future. Animal farming takes up 30 percent of the earth’s landmass (the equivalent of Asia), and livestock causes one-sixth of global greenhouse gas emissions. We need more than moral arguments against meat. We need a technological revolution in better, cleaner food. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Some scientists see aging as a disease that can be cured—but what would immortality mean for humanity?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Over the last 130 years, the automobile shaped the modern world—it redefined the city, filled the suburbs, and revved up pop culture. With autonomous technology, everything about our relationship to cars is about to change. Then what?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Climate change could be the most important problem facing humanity. To address it, scientists are thinking seriously about an idea that might sound like something from a sci-fi dystopia: Spraying the skies with sulfuric acid to partially block out the sun.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Comments (29)

Michael McAllister

Wow.. This lady sounded more like a theorist than knowledgeable. This podcast felt more on the subjective end with political jabs thrown in. This could manipulate to people who simpler minds. I'd pass on this one.

May 16th
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Tom Whittaker

it was until our government found a way to use it against us to control every man woman and child

Jan 21st
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Tom Whittaker

for the same reason our government can't from the top to bottom lies so they can line their pockets

Jan 21st
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Jung-Hoon Ser

Thanks for the good topic. I was moved.

Jan 20th
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Juan LeonRuiz

there needs to be more from this podcast! I absolutely love this!

Dec 14th
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Ekta Vyas

This is simply amazing!

Sep 27th
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F. Gregory

Excellent! Very Much Appreciated! 😉

Sep 6th
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Kathy Reed

I don't feel so bad about glazing over every time Bitcoin comes up in discussions.

Sep 1st
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Dinesh Gaur

I have just started it ....but I would say this would be great to hear☺☺☺☺

Aug 13th
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Diaz Diandra

I'm listening via Castbox on Android. i don't know why, some part of this episode plays in something like 2x speed.

Jun 29th
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Sudhanshu Jaiswal

Teresa Yep had the same problem turn off trim silence

Oct 11th
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Teresa

Diaz Diandra Are you using the trim silence setting?

Jul 20th
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BEATMATCH

this is one of those podcasts for which I eagerly wait for a new episode. Brilliant!

Jun 15th
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Ofa Gilleland

Not so genius. I still am oppose to online dating. We should as well speed up technology and micro-chipped our brains to program dinner & sex time.

Jun 8th
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Joshua Burnett

good story

Jun 6th
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Ryan Nguyen

Fantastic! Engaging! Wonderous!

Jun 5th
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Sarah Bell

worst kind of false equivalency "journalism"

Jun 3rd
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Lukcaz

awesome podcast!

Jun 1st
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Sundar J.M. Brown

Awesome

May 24th
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David Chozet

Good, interesting Podcast! Gained a new listener!

May 23rd
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David Carlson

Did I hear that this is only an 8 week project? That would be a shame if true,

May 23rd
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Ryan Nguyen

David Carlson I wish that there was going to be more!! I love this

Jun 8th
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Ryan Nguyen

David Carlson I wish that there was going to be more!! I love this

Jun 8th
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Arbaj Mulla

it's just a simple...thinkable...intelligent talk

May 23rd
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