WSJ’s The Future of Everything

WSJ’s The Future of Everything
Know what comes next with this in-depth look at how science and technology are revolutionizing the way we live, work and play.
The Price of Climate: The Northern Farming Frontier
Dec 19, 2018 • 24 min
Shifting weather patterns and rising temperatures are altering what crops farmers can plant. In the last of a three-part series on climate, we examine how advancements in AI and genetics could help farms battle drought and crop disease.
The Price of Climate: Producing Heat-Resistant Beef
Dec 12, 2018 • 18 min
As cattle farmers struggle with rising temperatures, scientists are scrambling to find solutions. In the second of a three-part series on climate, we meet a calf genetically engineered to withstand heat and get a taste of lab-grown beef.
The Price of Climate: Is Commercial Fishing in Hot Water?
Dec 5, 2018 • 21 min
Demand for wild seafood is rising-but so is the cost of bringing it ashore. In the first of a three-part series on climate, we meet the fishermen and scientists grappling with warming waters, shifting currents and rapidly changing economics.
Losing Our Wallets: The Rise of Mobile Payments
Nov 28, 2018 • 16 min
Encore edition: Kenya and China have rapidly embraced mobile wallets. Why are Americans still reaching for cash and credit cards? We speak to the experts and explore a future where making a payment could be as easy as nodding your head.
WSJ Tech D.Live: The Connected Devices That Will Rule Our Homes
Nov 16, 2018 • 20 min
The WSJ’s David Pierce sits down with David Limp, Amazon’s Senior Vice President of Devices and Services, to discuss Alexa’s next moves. Plus, an inside look at how Amazon chose its newest headquarter locations.
WSJ Tech D.Live: In the Driver’s Seat at Uber
Nov 15, 2018 • 27 min
Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive of the ridesharing giant, talks with the WSJ’s Gerard Baker about expanding Uber’s reach, fixing its work culture and setting the course for an initial public offering.
WSJ Tech D.Live: The Downside to Social Success
Nov 15, 2018 • 24 min
Instagram Co-Founder Kevin Systrom sits down with Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Matt Murray to discuss social media’s evolution amid increased content scrutiny.
WSJ Tech D.Live: Investing in a Data-Driven Future
Nov 14, 2018 • 24 min
The WSJ’s Jason Anders sits down with Ruth Porat, CFO of Alphabet and Google, to discuss Google’s equity culture, collaborating with the military and understanding AI bias.
WSJ Tech D.Live: The Chips That Power Our Devices
Nov 14, 2018 • 16 min
The WSJ’s Jason Anders sits down with Richard Clemmer of NXP Semiconductors and Renee J. James of Ampere to discuss life in the fast-paced semiconductor industry, the impact of U.S.-China relations and the future of computing.
WSJ Tech D.Live: Are We There Yet? The Future of Driverless Cars
Nov 14, 2018 • 19 min
The global race for autonomous vehicles is on-but roadblocks lie ahead. Waymo CEO John Krafcik tells WSJ’s Jamie Heller about his company’s plans to launch a commercial self-driving car service in the coming months.
Customized Kids: Are Designer Babies on the Way?
Nov 7, 2018 • 12 min
Advances in gene editing and DNA analysis are allowing parents unprecedented control over the traits their children will inherit. In this episode, we explore the science-and ethics-behind the movement.
The Sparkling Future of Lab-Grown Diamonds
Oct 31, 2018 • 16 min
The days of diamond mining may be numbered, and lab-grown stones have become almost indistinguishable from those pulled from the earth. In this episode, we talk to the diamond dealers and growers hedging against a future in which the mines run dry.
The Next Battlefield: Connected, Augmented and Urban
Oct 24, 2018 • 20 min
The wars of the future will be fought in megacities around the world by soldiers connected - and possibly even augmented - by neural implants and AI. In this episode, we examine how military leaders are preparing for a radical shift in combat.
Robot Restaurants: Good or Gimmicky?
Oct 17, 2018 • 15 min
The restaurant industry is embracing automation, from robot-staffed espresso bars to fully automated burger chefs. In this episode, we explore what this means for workers, diners and—most importantly—the quality of our food.
The De-Extinction Movement Comes to Life
Oct 10, 2018 • 15 min
In labs around the world, scientists are using gene-editing technology to revive species that disappeared from the face of the earth long, long ago. In this episode, we talk to the researchers working on a project straight out of science fiction.
Tech Gets in the Game
Oct 3, 2018 • 18 min
Football-playing robots. Algorithmic umpires. Neurological performance enhancement. In this episode, we look at how science and technology are reshaping the playing field - and how these advances could benefit life beyond sports.
Robot Growers: How AI Will Change Farming
Sep 26, 2018 • 16 min
Agriculture is turning to automation as it grapples with growing demand and a shrinking labor force. In this episode, we meet the robots making farms more efficient.
Hack the Vote: How Safe Are Elections?
Sep 19, 2018 • 18 min
In this episode, we watch hackers compromise voting machines and hear from technologists hoping to safeguard democracy with help from blockchain and mobile voting. Can tech protect our democratic process from foreign interference?
Welcome to Your 3-D Printed Home
Sep 12, 2018 • 18 min
The construction industry has remained essentially unchanged since the invention of the nail gun. But can a labor shortage force builders to embrace technology? In this episode, how drones, automation and prefabrication are changing housing.
Eating Insects for Your Health (and the Planet’s)
Sep 5, 2018 • 19 min
Billions of people around the world include protein-rich bugs in their diet. But are crickets really a sustainable alternative to chicken? This episode, we talk to the scientists and startup founders looking to put bugs in everything we eat.
Battling the Superbugs
Aug 22, 2018 • 22 min
Encore edition: What happens when antibiotics stop working? With drug-resistant infections on the rise, scientists are scrambling to develop new weapons in the fight against evolved bacteria-from cutting-edge diagnostic tests to revolutionary gene-editing…
Smart Cities: Safer Living or Cyber Attacks?
Aug 15, 2018 • 18 min
Urban areas around the world are increasingly equipped with sensors to track-and control-everything from traffic patterns to wastewater. But this increased connectivity and data collection opens us up to devastating hacks and unwanted surveillance.
Living Smarter: How Tech Is Disrupting the Home
Aug 8, 2018 • 12 min
What if our homes took care of us and not the other way around? In this episode, a look inside the smart homes that could transform everything from entertaining to eldercare.
Adapting Medicine for Outer Space
Aug 1, 2018 • 19 min
What happens when an injury occurs on a commercial space flight or manned mission to Mars? Meet the scientists and astronauts studying how to keep us safe where routine care is impossible—and the closest hospital is a million miles away.
Can Gene-Edited Mice Solve the Lyme Crisis?
Jul 25, 2018 • 19 min
Lyme disease is rampant on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. MIT scientists believe that releasing genetically altered mice on the islands could curb-and even wipe out-the disease. A close look at an unprecedented environmental intervention.
How AI is Augmenting Therapy
Jul 18, 2018 • 23 min
Millions of people suffering from mental health issues are left untreated and undiagnosed. In this episode, we meet the psychologists and scientists studying how artificial intelligence can help.
Can Blockchain Fix Our Food Chain?
Jul 11, 2018 • 16 min
When a deadly E.coli outbreak sickened hundreds, it took investigators months to determine the source. In this episode, we look at how sensors, digital ledgers, and genome sequencing could reduce that window to seconds-and make our food supply safer.
How Lab-Grown Materials Are Changing Manufacturing
Jul 4, 2018 • 14 min
Rebroadcast: Adidas sneakers made from vegan spider silk. Mushroom-based Dell computer packaging. Today, biofabrication—the science of growing raw materials in a lab—is producing everything from furniture to fabric.
The Next Battlefield: Hacking as Warfare
Jun 27, 2018 • 26 min
Foreign governments are targeting our information, our infrastructure and even our democracy. But what constitutes an act of war in the digital age? When does espionage become an outright attack? Meet the soldiers in the fight for cyber security.
Losing Our Wallets: The Rise of Mobile Payments
Jun 20, 2018 • 17 min
Countries such as Kenya and China have rapidly embraced mobile wallets. So why are Americans still reaching for cash and credit cards? We speak to the experts and explore a future where making a payment could be as easy as nodding your head.
Fishy Business: Fixing Seafood’s Fraud Problem
Jun 13, 2018 • 19 min
As much as a third of seafood sold in the U.S. is mislabeled. But can technology and tracking keep the industry honest? Meet the fishermen, chefs and government agents working to ensure that the fish on your plate is the one you ordered.
Hacking the Brain’s Code
Jun 6, 2018 • 15 min
Today, paraplegics can move robotic limbs using only their thoughts. But when it comes to our understanding of how the brain works, we still have a long way to go. Meet the scientists attempting to hack the world’s most complex computer.
Get Ready for Gene-Edited Food
May 23, 2018 • 14 min
Vegetables engineered with the gene-editing technology Crispr are moving closer to supermarket shelves. But will these genetically altered foods carry labels to alert consumers? Or is gene editing, as some scientists argue, just a way to speed up…
The Future of Everything Festival: Futuristic Farm-to-Table
May 17, 2018 • 17 min
Restauranteur Kimbal Musk wants to feed America with hyper-local produce and robot-equipped kitchens. Anya Fernald, CEO of Belcampo, is rethinking the way animals are raised and slaughtered. We asked them how we’ll be eating in the years ahead.
The Future of Everything Festival: When Humans Invade Space
May 16, 2018 • 20 min
How will we travel to outer space? And what will we do when get there? Relativity Space CEO Tim Ellis and TransAstra founder Joel C. Sercel explain how everything from 3D-printed rockets to asteroid mining will help us explore, live and work in the final…
The Future of Everything Festival: The Case for Universal Basic Income
May 11, 2018 • 15 min
There’s a record wealth gap in the U.S. today. Entrepreneur and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes says it’s time to talk about providing at least $500 a month to every American worker making less than $50,000 a year.
The Future of Everything Festival: Sarah Jessica Parker Says Time’s Up
May 11, 2018 • 26 min
The actress and activist was joined by Tina Tchen, a partner at Buckley Sandler and leader of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, to discuss the far-reaching effects of the #metoo movement.
The Future of Everything Festival: Wine Returns to Its Roots
May 11, 2018 • 22 min
Today, natural wine dominates the cellars of forward-thinking restaurants and collectors. But what is it exactly? And why is it suddenly everywhere? We asked Isabelle Legeron, founder of the RAW Wine Fairs, and Jordan Salcito, director of wine special…
The Future of Everything Festival: China’s Digital Currency Experiment
May 10, 2018 • 14 min
Join the team from WSJ’s Heard on the Street for a look at China’s futuristic adoption of digital payments and cashless transactions.
The Future of Everything Festival: The Case for a Cashless Economy
May 10, 2018 • 16 min
Can digital payments make physical currency a thing of the past? Cryptpocurrency pioneer Charlie Shrem, founder of Crypto.IQ, says it’s only a matter of time.
The Future of Everything Festival: Garry Kasparov on AI Making Us Free
May 9, 2018 • 24 min
Twenty years after losing to Deep Blue, the former world chess champion says that intelligent machines will promote their human makers to management rather than replace them.
The Future of Everything Festival: What’s Next for AI?
May 9, 2018 • 22 min
Amy Webb calls herself a quantitative futurist. A professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business, she uses her knowledge of game theory, sociology, programming and economics to imagine what’s next. And she’s deeply concerned about the lack of controls around…
The Future of Everything Festival: Beauty, Wellness in the Digital Age
May 9, 2018 • 30 min
Beauty and wellness are more than just a state of mind. They’re also big business. From next-gen wearables and 3-D printed skin to products serving all shades of society, we look at how the beauty industry’s future is more than just skin deep.
Can Blockchain Keep Us Honest?
May 2, 2018 • 12 min
From big banks to diamond dealers, companies are experimenting with blockchain, an open and distributed ledger, to make transactions more transparent and trustworthy. Could this technology mean the end of cooked books?
It’s Complicated: Our Evolving Relationship with AI Assistants
Apr 25, 2018 • 17 min
Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence and big data, voice assistants like Siri and Alexa touch more of our lives than ever before. But what happens when these relationships become personal? And could a smart speaker be used to outsmart us?
Custom Parts: The Future of Transplanted Organs
Apr 18, 2018 • 18 min
Demand for donated organs far outstrips supply. But researchers are working to remedy the crisis using everything from gene-edited pigs to 3D-printed tissue.
The Criminal’s Guide to Cryptocurrency
Apr 11, 2018 • 16 min
Crime involving digital currencies has skyrocketed in lockstep with their valuations. From bitcoin stickups to global money laundering, tech-savvy criminals are becoming increasingly anonymous. And law enforcement is scrambling to keep up.
The High-Tech Approach to Human Fertility
Apr 3, 2018 • 17 min
The world’s first test-tube baby turns 40 this year, but human reproduction is still one of medical science’s great mysteries. From artificial sperm to AI-powered analysis of embryos, a look at how science is changing the way we make babies.
Artificial Intelligence - With Very Real Biases
Feb 27, 2018 • 18 min
AI is already helping decide who gets a job or whether somebody gets out of jail. But how objective are the algorithms behind these often life-altering decisions? And what happens when technology inherits all the biases of its creators?
The Global Race for Quantum Computing Supremacy
Feb 14, 2018 • 18 min
Companies and countries are battling to create the first universal quantum computer - a machine so powerful it could crack our current methods of encryption. In part-two of our series, we go inside the labs racing to bring us into the quantum age.