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  1. The Compiler—50 Things That Made the Modern Economy

    Installing Windows might take 5,000 years without the compiler, a remarkable innovation which made modern computing possible. Tim Harford tells a compelling story which has at its heart a pioneering woman called Grace Hopper who – along the way – single-handedly invented the idea of open source software too.

    The compiler evolved into COBOL – one of the first computer languages – and led to the distinction between hardware and software.

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  2. The Shipping Container

    The boom in global trade was caused by a simple steel box. Shipping goods around the world was – for many centuries – expensive, risky and time-consuming. But 60 years ago the trucking entrepreneur Malcolm McLean changed all that by selling the idea of container shipping to the US military. Against huge odds he managed to turn ‘containerisation’ from a seemingly impractical idea into a massive industry – one that slashed the cost of transporting goods internationally and provoked a boom in global trade.

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  3. BBC Radio 4 - David Baddiel Tries to Understand, Series 2, The Cloud

    David Baddiel tries to make sense of the computing service called the cloud.

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  4. Brexit and Food: A Food Programme Special

    Dan Saladino outlines the big food issues we’re facing because of Brexit. From the impact of a devalued pound to longer term questions over the future of how we farm, produce, buy and sell food. Dan goes on the road in search of answers.

    The podcast of this programme is a special extended edition featuring Angela Hartnett.

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  5. BBC Radio 4 - Analysis, The End of Free

    Andrew Brown of The Guardian asks if the dramatic rise of ad-blocking software will undermine the commercial model behind most free news on the internet. He finds an industry in deep concern over the "Ad-blockalypse" - with these new programmes meaning that advertisers may refuse to continue to subsidise online news providers if consumers are now no longer seeing their online adverts. Can the industry persuade people to pay for what was previously available at no charge? And if not, can commercial online news services survive?

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  6. BBC Radio 4 - Digital Human, Series 9, Work

    In the 1st of a new series Aleks Krotoski gets down to work. From micro-taskers paid pennies to be the janitors of our digital services to car drivers jumping on the Uber bandwagon.

    Aleks speaks to technology writer Kashmir Hill who spent a month as an invisible girlfriend writing loving texts to service subscribers for a few cents per message. This is just one example of ‘micro-tasking’ made famous by Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service. For Vili Lehdonvirta of the Oxford internet institute they’re examples of the hidden human effort going into services we would assume were automated. Its a new form of piece work undertaken by a causal workforce doing it where and when it suits them.

    This type of work treats you like part of a system managed by algorithms an artificial, artificial intelligence. In some senses this isn’t anything new as work historian Richard Donkin explains using the examples of the time and motion studies pioneered by Fredrick Winslow Taylor and later taken up by Henry Ford.

    What is new is that having an algorithm as a boss runs the risk of having only the appearance of freedom and flexibility. Its what attracts people to the so called gig economy, where tasks are farmed out by the app to a willing freelance workforce. Aleks hears both sides of that experience from two people who make their living off a digital platform; one by day and the other by night.

    So what promise do these new forms of digital work offer? Aleks discovers they have the potential to be both a race to the bottom for labour markets and usher in a new era for those currently unable to work.

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  7. Space Wars

    War in space is not just Hollywood fantasy - it’s a fast-approaching threat. Military minds believe wars will be fought on Earth - and above it. Broadcast on 19 December 2015.

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  8. BBC Radio 4 - In Pod We Trust, Podcast Pioneers

    Miranda Sawyer on the agenda-setting podcasters who have broken new ground in the genre.

    Miranda Sawyer with the third episode of her series about the world of podcasts, rounding up some of the best from around the globe. This week: podcast pioneers, the agenda-setting podcasters who have broken new ground in the genre.

    Miranda hears from the creators of Welcome to Night Vale, who talk about their perhaps unlikely surrealist pod hit.

    The programme also features Wendy Zukerman’s Australian-based science podcast Science Vs, recently bought up by Gimlet Media, an increasingly powerful new media player in the burgeoning podcasting market.

    Ben Hammersley, internet technologist and journalist, and the man who invented the word "podcast" guests.

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  9. Codes that Changed the World: Babel

    Aleks Krotoski concludes her exploration of programming languages by at world where no there’s no one language to rule them all.

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  10. Game On: Charles Stross - The Laundry File

    The author, Charles Stross joins Adam to talk about the latest book in the Laundry Files, ‘The Rhesus Chart’ and Sam Clay from VG 247 is on hand for a brief round-up of the news.

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