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. Hosted by Janet Babin.

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. Hosted by Janet Babin.

    How Gene-Edited Crops Could be the Future of Feeding the World

    How Gene-Edited Crops Could be the Future of Feeding the World

    In the decade since CRISPR gene-editing technology was first developed, it has been used to address a host of issues, such as developing new cancer treatments, designing faster rapid COVID-19 tests and to make biofuel-producing algae. Proponents say CRISPR could also help solve some of the world’s biggest food-related problems: salad greens could be more nutritious, fruits could taste better, and crops of all kinds could be altered to grow using fewer resources. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently gave the go-ahead to bring gene-edited beef to market, and CRISPR-modified purple tomatoes could be coming later this year. But agricultural technology companies still have to figure out how to overcome consumer skepticism. In this session from the WSJ Global Food Forum, leaders from two firms working to scale-up gene-edited foods discuss what it takes to get the new technology out of the lab and into supermarkets.



    Further reading:

     

    Get Ready for Gene-Edited Food 

    GMO Tomatoes Could Be Returning After 25 Years. Will People Eat Them? 

    Crispr’s Next Frontier: Treating Common Conditions 



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    • 22 min
    Making “Organic Architecture” Truly Organic

    Making “Organic Architecture” Truly Organic

    Neri Oxman spends her time thinking about the future of materials science and how it should influence architecture and design. In this session from the Future of Everything Festival, the architect and former tenured professor at MIT’s Media Lab speaks with WSJ Health and Science coverage chief Stefanie Ilgenfritz about her vision of a future where science, technology and organic design work together to create products and buildings that may counteract climate change in urban areas. 



    Further reading:

    A Science of Buildings That Can Grow—and Melt Away | WSJ 

    JPMorgan’s New Manhattan Headquarters to Be All Electric Powered | WSJ 

    Biophilic Design Is Helping Big-City Apartment Towers Get Back to Nature | WSJ 

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    • 20 min
    Fertility and the Future of Health

    Fertility and the Future of Health

    Welcoming a child into your family can be life changing, but for those struggling to get pregnant the process can be emotionally taxing and expensive. Reproductive science is quickly changing, as is society’s approach to the issues around fertility. In this episode, we bring you a conversation from the WSJ Future of Everything Festival, where a handful of medical practitioners and reproductive entrepreneurs discussed the future of fertility with WSJ’s Amy Dockser Marcus. Guests include: sociologist Rene Almeling, Stephen Krawetz, the Associate Director of the CS Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, Daisy Robinton, the CEO of Oviva Therapeutics and Angela Stepancic, the founder of Reproductive Village Cryobank. This conversation was recorded before the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade.



    Useful Links:

    See more videos from The WSJ Future of Everything Festival  

    GUYnecology: The Missing Science of Men’s Reproductive Health 

    Krawetz Lab at the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development

    Oviva Therapeutics 

    Reproductive Village Cryobank 



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    • 20 min
    Stocks Rise to Open Second Half of 2022

    Stocks Rise to Open Second Half of 2022

    Also: GM shares rise 1.4% after automaker says profits won’t be affected by computer-chip supply shortages. Kohl’s shares fall 19.6% after calling off its sale to Franchise Group. J.R. Whalen reports.



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    • 2 min
    Building the Metaverse and the Future of the Internet

    Building the Metaverse and the Future of the Internet

    For decades, a virtual reality version of the internet has been a staple of science fiction. The metaverse is the latest iteration and it has the potential to become something more than a new gaming platform. But years before Facebook changed its name to Meta and launched huge investments into the space, Philip Rosedale was experiment ing with many of these same ideas in the virtual world he helped create: Second Life. In a conversation with Wall Street Journal reporter Christopher Mims during the WSJ Future of Everything Festival, Rosedale shared his vision for a metaverse where data privacy is more important than advertising, and our online and offline lives intersect in a healthier way.



    Further reading:

     

    From the Wall Street Journal:

    Meta-morphosis or More Pain? Possible Futures for Facebook’s Parent Company | Christopher Mims

    Second Life Founder Returns to Take On the Metaverse | Meghan Bobrowsky

    The Facebook Files | WSJ Investigations

    How TikTok's Algorithm Figures Out Your Deepest Desires | WSJ Investigations



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    • 19 min
    Waste Not, Want Not: A Future Without Food Waste

    Waste Not, Want Not: A Future Without Food Waste

    Every year, even as millions struggle with food insecurity, about a third of all the food produced for humans in the world is thrown away, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. That not only means wasting water and energy resources. The food, rotting in landfills, also emits methane gas linked to climate change. Attorney Emily Broad Leib, the director and founder of the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, has dedicated her career to researching ways to end food waste. In this episode, she explains why food waste is such an issue around the world, how laws and regulations inadvertently lead to more food being wasted, and the simple changes to food labeling she says will make for a less wasteful future.

    Further Reading: 

    The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic 

    Recent WSJ Food Coverage: 

    Sustainable Chocolate Made Without Cacao | Mary Holland 

    How to Read a Food Label: A Healthy Skeptic’s Guide to the Buzzwords | Elizabeth G. Dunn 

    Emily Broad Leib’s recommended reading: 

    Waste Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money By Wasting Less Food | Dana Gunders 

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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

groovecanon ,

Great Podcast

Wonderfully produced. Great topics. High fiving a million angels 🙌

littlest cowboy ,

This pod used to be good

Your guest on bio whatever didn’t even know how to explain what she’s doing. Bunch of gobblety goop

Marcus517 ,

What happened to the WSJ

This has to be a separate group from WSJ. Both light weight and biased.

The recent Rosetta Stone article talked about how the recent decoding of the entire human genome (filling in the 8% that was missing) was groundbreaking and would change our understanding of diseases. However, the only evidence was essentially the person who did the work saying it was groundbreaking and would change our .... If "felt" like Dr Eichler and his team did a lot of hard work over something that didn't matter all that much and was deparate to make it sound important. Just give me some facts next time and you'll have me.

The recent "As we work" episode was embarassing. All about the unfairness of the wage gap to women, minorities, etc. Zero from the studies which showed where, in large part, this comes from. At least for women, it's that they choose or are forced in some way to take the less intense job. So, take the town lawyer job at 30 hours per week vs. the corporate 60 hour a week one. You can argue against what I said, but at least mention that this data is out there. And the host must know about this, or is incompetent.

The last thing we need is another NPR podcast. I'm done.

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