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7:50 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Breaking News: Robot Reports An Earthquake

Originally published on Sat March 22, 2014 11:18 am

Transcript

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This week, an earthquake gave an algorithm its big break in journalism. The 4.4 earthquake rumbled the ground of Southern California on Monday morning, and within three minutes, Quakebot generated an article about it for the Los Angeles Times. And Quakebot probably didn't charge overtime. Ken Schwencke joins us now. He is the journalist and programmer who designed Quakebot. Mr. Schwencke, thanks so much for being with us.

KEN SCHWENCKE: Thank you.

SIMON: So, the article is essentially prewritten or I'm trying to figure this out.

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The Two-Way
8:12 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Satellites' Scope And The Search For A Plane

Satellite imagery provided to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority of objects that may be possible debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is now concentrated in the southern Indian Ocean, with satellite clues bringing aircraft and ships closer to objects that could be the debris from the missing airliner.

But as NPR's Robert Siegel said on All Things Considered Friday, "This is not like finding a needle in a haystack. In this case, the haystack is vast and the needle could be moving."

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Technology
4:24 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

The All But Impossible Task Of Finding Debris In An Ocean

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:22 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. Another day of searching, another day of frustration in the effort to find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Planes searching the southern Indian Ocean for possible aircraft debris have found nothing. They're looking for two large floating objects detected by satellite about 1,500 miles off the southwest coast of Australia.

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News
4:24 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Even Turkey's President Evades Its New Twitter Ban

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 6:22 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish.

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All Tech Considered
3:57 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

So You Want To Evade Your Country's Twitter Ban? A Workaround

A woman looks at her smartphone as she walks by a banner of Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Istanbul on March 21. On Thursday, Turkish court orders banned Internet users from accessing Twitter, but the social media company posted instructions on how to tweet from a phone.
Ozan Kose AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 23, 2014 10:41 pm

The Turkish prime minister vowed to "eradicate" Twitter in a speech on Thursday, likely because he's been treated unkindly on there, and he has an election to win, people! Hours later, the social media platform went dark for some Turkish users, The Guardian reports.

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Digital Life
7:49 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Game Developers Conference: Not Your Typical Tech Convention

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 7:53 am

Brian Crecente, who is covering the Game Developers Conference this week for the video game website Polygon, talks about the latest trends in the industry.

Digital Life
5:43 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Twitter Tool Lets Users Revist First Tweets

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 7:45 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

It is Twitter's 8th birthday. To celebrate, the site has put out a tool that lets you see any user's very first tweet. Some were naturals. Warren Buffett's first tweet, Warren is in the house, has been retweeted more than 40,000 times. Others might cringe at their first contribution. Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, tweeted about his dance lessons: No pain, no gain. Awkward but fun this dancing, I still can't do macarena. That's what he wrote.

All Tech Considered
5:06 am
Fri March 21, 2014

When Robots Can Kill, It's Unclear Who Will Be To Blame

The TALON MAARS (Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System) can be transformed from a weaponized robot to one with an arm and gripper by changing out its modules.
PRNewsFoto/Foster-Miller Inc.

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 2:42 pm

The fast-advancing field of robotics is opening up serious questions about the military-based motivations behind some of the coolest tricks our machines can now be programmed to perform.

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All Tech Considered
4:59 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Sony Steps Into Virtual Reality With 'Project Morpheus'

Marcus Ingvarsson (right) tests out the PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset Project Morpheus in a demo area at the Game Developers Conference 2014 in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 2:52 pm

All this week the video game industry has been gathered in San Francisco for the annual Game Developers Conference. It's where the wizards behind the games — the artists, programmers, writers and the companies they work for — meet to talk, hold panels, pick each other's brains and show off their latest creations.

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All Tech Considered
11:55 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Gender Disparities In Tech Flare Up Again: A Reading Guide

An open laptop at the GitHub office.
Dave Fayram Flickr

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 2:42 pm

We are three weeks deep into an on-air exploration of women in technology through our midday show, Tell Me More. Host Michel Martin has led some really thoughtful conversations about the dearth of women in tech and the areas of notable improvement. Online, women leaders in the field have been tweeting a day in their lives since March 1, archived here if you want to check back.

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