Why 2021 is becoming a significant year for crypto
For years, cryptocurrency has been simmering at the edges of the financial system, viewed by many as kind of a fad. Lately, though, it seems like crypto is having a moment. This week, an exchange-traded fund that tracks Bitcoin futures debuted on the New York Stock Exchange. Bitcoin, a pretty volatile asset, has now been accepted, to some degree, by one of the oldest and most traditional marketplaces in the world. Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams speaks with Gil Luria, a technology strategist at D.A. Davidson, who says there several reasons 2021 is becoming a turning point for crypto.
Electrification to solve the climate crisis? Yep.
Marketplace has a new podcast called “How We Survive” about solutions to the climate crisis. The latest episode is called “Electrify Everything.” It’s about using electricity generated from renewable sources to power our homes and wean us off our fossil fuel dependence. So, how do we get everyone to adopt this century-old technology of electricity in new ways? Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams speaks with Molly Wood, the regular “Marketplace Tech” host and host of “How We Survive.”
How safe is your water from a cyberattack?
Ongoing cyber threats to local water and wastewater systems were flagged in an advisory jointly sent out by the FBI, the EPA, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) last week. It warned that systems to ensure that sewage and other biohazards stay out of our drinking water are vulnerable. The advisory pointed to several cyberattacks in the last few years, like one in Oldsmar, Florida where someone tried to hack in and dump extra chemicals in one municipal system. CISA is urging water and wastewater facilities to plan for, and get ready to block, these attacks. Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams speaks with Kim Zetter, a cybersecurity journalist and author.
What does “Squid Game’s” success mean for Netflix?
Many people spent the pandemic binge-watching TV shows and movies. And if the streaming wars were heating up before, now they are white hot. Netflix got a head start and pretty much owned the streaming space for almost a decade. Now it’s fighting to hold on to that position. And the competition is real: Disney+, HBO, Apple TV. Will “Squid Game,” the breakout hit from South Korea, reassert Netflix as the leader in the streaming competition? Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams speaks with Julia Alexander, a senior strategy analyst for Parrot Analytics.
Algorithms are often biased. What if tech firms were held responsible?
We talk a lot on this show about the unintended consequences of using technology, and who is harmed by that technology. Marketplace’s Marielle Segarra speaks with a scholar who thinks about this a lot: Safiya Noble. She’s an associate professor of gender studies and African American studies at UCLA. Noble is also the author of the book “Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism,” and a 2021 MacArthur fellow.