FROM Brian Merchant
Can humanity survive technology? We started this program 17 years ago; Google and Apple were losing money. Now, 80 percent of Americans are walking search engines with smart phones. Driverless cars are on the horizon; robots already in factories may take over white-collar jobs. We're being warned that our species is subject to capture by Artificial Intelligence. In the meantime, social problems aren't going away. We'll trace the rise of the iPhone — how it's changed our lives, for better or worse—and what to expect from technology in the future.
The secret history of the iPhone on its tenth birthday In 2007, Steve Jobs appeared at MacWorld in his trademark black turtleneck, blue jeans and white sneakers. He announced, "Apple is going to reinvent the phone." From that announcement, Brian Merchant took the title of his book, The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone . He reports it became the bestselling product of all time -- and the most profitable -- because it “intertwines a phenomenal number of prior inventions and insights -- some that stretch back into antiquity."
California Start-up Wants to Free Our Bodies from Food The 1973 science fiction film Soylent Green portrays a dystopian future were people survive on revolutionary foodstuff, but there's a kicker. In the final scenes, we discover that soylent green is people! Now comes a new diet consisting of substances different from what we think of as food. It's all the brainchild of Silicon Valley entrepreneur Rob Rhinehart, whose Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 ended up with more than a million. Science writer Brian Merchant lived on Soylent for 30 days. He's the senior editor of Motherboard , the science and tech website published by Vice.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?