50 episodes

What will the future look like? The Future of Everything offers a kaleidoscope view of the nascent trends that will shape our world. In every episode, join our award-winning team on a new journey of discovery. We’ll take you beyond what’s already out there, and make you smarter about the scientific and technological breakthroughs on the horizon that could transform our lives for the better.

WSJ’s The Future of Everything The Wall Street Journal

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What will the future look like? The Future of Everything offers a kaleidoscope view of the nascent trends that will shape our world. In every episode, join our award-winning team on a new journey of discovery. We’ll take you beyond what’s already out there, and make you smarter about the scientific and technological breakthroughs on the horizon that could transform our lives for the better.

    Science of Success: The Mind at Work Behind an Iconic Song

    Science of Success: The Mind at Work Behind an Iconic Song

    Is it an earworm or an icon? The Super Mario Bros. theme is the soundtrack to many childhoods and has remained resonant today. Recently inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry, the song was not easy to write. Video game composer Koji Kondo faced musical and technical challenges in creating the song. Columnist Ben Cohen talks to New England Conservatory musicologist Andrew Schartmann about how Kondo created this lasting and genre-changing piece of music.



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    Further reading:

    The Mind Behind the Music You Can't Get Out of Your Head 

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    • 13 min
    Could AI Prevent the Next Global Supply Chain Crisis?

    Could AI Prevent the Next Global Supply Chain Crisis?

    AI has brought new challenges for corporate executives in managing their workforces and supply chains. Flex CEO Revathi Advaithi tells WSJ reporter Emily Glazer how she is adjusting to uncertainty and gives her outlook on the future of the workplace and manufacturing. This conversation was recorded at WSJ’s CEO Council Summit on December 12, 2023. 



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    Further reading:

    Leading in Uncertain Times 

    Sam Altman Seeks Trillions of Dollars to Reshape Business of Chips and AI 

    Logistics-Tech Startups Face Uncertain Future as Freight Slump Continues 

    The Do’s and Don’ts of Using Generative AI in the Workplace 



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    • 14 min
    How Face Scans and Fingerprints Could Become Your Work Badge

    How Face Scans and Fingerprints Could Become Your Work Badge

    Badge swipes and passwords are cornerstones of security in the modern workplace. But in a world where security is increasingly tied to biometrics and personal devices, your face or fingerprint may soon become the key to workplace security. While biometrics could provide better protection for sensitive information than an easily forgettable password, what are the privacy risks of biometric tech going mainstream? WSJ’s Danny Lewis explores the future of biometric security at work, and whether it could even go beyond face scans and fingerprints.



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    Further reading:

    Your Face Is Your Ticket: A Creepy Convenience 

    Apple Makes Security Changes to Protect Users From iPhone Thefts 

    Rite Aid Banned From Using AI Facial Recognition in FTC Settlement 

    What Is the Future of Identity Verification? 



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    • 20 min
    Is AI Taking the Human Out of the HR Department?

    Is AI Taking the Human Out of the HR Department?

    Will the human resources department be replaced by robots? Not quite, but the use of generative artificial intelligence in HR is on the rise. WSJ reporter Chip Cutter tells us how companies are incorporating AI tools internally and what might change in the future. Plus, we hear from Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code and Moms First, who recently introduced paidleave.ai, a free AI-powered chatbot designed to help workers navigate paid family leave benefits. Saujani tells WSJ’s Charlotte Gartenberg about what she sees as the potential risks and benefits of AI in the workplace.



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    Further reading: 

    New York City Passed an AI Hiring Law. So Far, Few Companies Are Following It. 

    How AI Will Change the Workplace 

    HR Departments Turn to AI-Enabled Recruiting in Race for Talent 

    The Do's and Don'ts of Using Generative AI in the Workplace

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    • 20 min
    Science of Success: The Nvidia CEO’s Lessons in Building a $1T Company

    Science of Success: The Nvidia CEO’s Lessons in Building a $1T Company

    Nvidia's Jensen Huang is Silicon Valley's longest tenured CEO, and his company recently joined the trillion dollar club. But if he knew at the start what he knows now, would he do it all again? WSJ Science of Success columnist Ben Cohen explains Huang’s approach to success and what that might mean for tomorrow's entrepreneurs.



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    Further reading: 

    He Built a Trillion-Dollar Company. He Wouldn’t Do It Again. 

    Tech’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ Stocks Are Back on Top 

    Markets Analysis: Nvidia Stock Jumps to Record High 

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    • 10 min
    Why AI Keeps Getting Better at Making Fake Images

    Why AI Keeps Getting Better at Making Fake Images

    Fake images are already turning heads online, and Hany Farid, a professor of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, says we’re only going to see more of it. Farid specializes in image analysis and digital forensics. He tells WSJ’s Alex Ossola why it’s so easy to use generative AI to create convincing fake images, and why it could cause problems in the future. Plus, he discusses the potential tech solutions that will help us decipher whether an image or video we’re seeing online is too good to be true. 



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    Further reading: 

    Real or AI? The Tech Giants Racing to Stop the Spread of Fake Images 

    Reality Is Broken. We Have AI Photos to Blame. 

    A New Way to​ Tell Deepfakes From Real Photos: Can It Work? 

    AI-Created Images Are So Good Even AI Has Trouble Spotting Some 

    Sharing Fake Nude Images Could Become a Federal Crime Under Proposed Law 

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    • 18 min

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