Big questions and provocative conclusions about technology and culture, hosted by The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson.
Tech Was Supposed to Be Society’s Great Equalizer. What Happened?
Sep 28, 2018 • 25 min
In a special bonus episode, computer scientist and data journalist Meredith Broussard explains how “technochauvinism” derailed the dream of the digital revolution.
Can Artificial Intelligence Be Smarter Than a Human Being?
Sep 27, 2018 • 30 min
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?
Will We Ever Stop Eating Animal Meat?
Sep 20, 2018 • 28 min
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…
Can We Extend Human Lifespans to 150?
Sep 13, 2018 • 28 min
Some scientists see aging as a disease that can be cured—but what would immortality mean for humanity?
How Will Self-Driving Cars Change the World?
Sep 6, 2018 • 28 min
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?
Should We Dim the Skies to Save the World?
Aug 30, 2018 • 24 min
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.
Season 2 Trailer
Aug 23, 2018 • 1 min
Crazy/Genius is back with a new season featuring five ideas to save the world.
Should We Go to Mars?
Jun 28, 2018 • 23 min
It’s our best hope for life after earth—and a freezing, irradiated desert more than 30 million miles away. In our season finale, scientists and writers debate whether colonizing Mars is the most important mission in the history of the human race, or an…
Why Haven’t We Found Aliens?
Jun 21, 2018 • 24 min
“Where is everybody?” That’s the question physicist Enrico Fermi asked in 1950. Nearly 70 years later, we’re getting tantalizingly close to solving the riddle known as Fermi’s Paradox: If the universe is so large and so old, why haven’t we found life on…
Who Killed Local News?
Jun 14, 2018 • 24 min
Since the Internet exploded journalism’s business revenue, local newsrooms around the country have been in free fall. We speak to The Denver Post’s former managing editor and other experts to debate how to save the news—and, just possibly, democracy…
Is Online Dating Destroying Romance?
Jun 7, 2018 • 23 min
Finding love on the Internet can be awkward, annoying, or downright scary. In this episode, two sociologists debate the merits of online dating and discuss their research on the history of romance in America.
Are Smartphones Ruining Our Lives?
May 31, 2018 • 25 min
Digital devices rob us of our attention, creativity, and, some studies show, our mental health. We ask psychologists and authors if smartphone and social media usage has triggered a national health crisis — and what we can do to free ourselves from the…
Blockchain: The Next Internet, or the Next Beanie Baby?
May 24, 2018 • 23 min
Silicon Valley and Wall Street are obsessed with Bitcoin and its underlying technology called blockchain. Boosters say it’ll fix everything from elections to shipping to identity theft. But what exactly is blockchain, how is it being used, and is the hype…
Should We Break Up Amazon?
May 17, 2018 • 22 min
Amazon might become the first trillion-dollar company in the history of the world. Has the Everything Store become a dangerous monopoly threatening the U.S. economy?
Why Can’t Facebook Tell the Truth?
May 10, 2018 • 22 min
In the last 18 months, Facebook has gone through one of the worst public relations crises of any major tech company. In this episode, two guests debate whether Facebook is fixable, or whether its business model is designed to sell us lies. Read more here.
Introducing Crazy/Genius
May 1, 2018 • 2 min
On Crazy/Genius, host Derek Thompson asks big questions about everything from online dating to blockchain to space exploration. Is technology moving us forward or backward? How did we get here — and where are we headed? Starting May 10.Music by…