Babbage from Economist Radio

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Named after Charles Babbage, a 19th-century polymath and grandfather of computing, Babbage is a weekly podcast on science and technology. Host Kenneth Cukier talks to our correspondents about the innovations, discoveries and gadgetry making the news. Published every Wednesday on Economist Radio.
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Best Episodes

Babbage: Viral defences

Jan 6, 2021

"How the channel islands avoided defeated the coronavirus using a community test-track-and-trace program"



A new strain of covid-19 is surging in Britain, America and Europe—vaccines can curb the effects, but can governments speed up the roll-out? Also, in 2020 some regions acted rapidly enough to avoid severe waves of infection. Host Kenneth Cukier speaks to the public health leaders who initiatedRead more

Babbage: Taming the tech titans

Dec 16, 2020

"🇺🇸 = GAFA 🇨🇳 = BATX 🇪🇺 = GDPR "


This week the EU unveiled its plan to rein in big tech—the draft laws target the American giants, but European firms may not benefit much. Also, how a failed study has revealed a promising new gene-therapy treatment for blindness. And, which science stories were overlooked in a year dominated byRead more

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Babbage: Collusions and collisions

Feb 24, 2021

"Google pays Apple $8-12B/year to be the default search engine. Imagine the money saved once Apple launches its own search engine... 🤔"

After Facebook reached a deal with Australia, the tech giants are coming under fire once again -- this time from each other. Are their cosy monopolies under threat? Also, The Economist’s defence editor investigates the multi-billion dollar industry which exploits vulnerabilities in vital software.Read more
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