Marketplace Tech

with Ben Johnson

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, July 1 2014

Ian Burkhart, an Ohio man who was paralyzed four years ago during a driving accident, talks about a new technology that bypasses his injured spinal cord and translates his brain signals into movement. Plus, Dr. Ali Rezai, director of the neuroscience program at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, join us to discuss the technology that makes it possible. Then, in light of the controversy over Facebook's user emotion experiment, we talk to Karen North, professor of social media and psychology at USC, about how social networks affect psychological conditions of people who use them. Last up, Tony Romm, a reporter at Politico, on how Google is lobbying at the state level to pave the way for its newest technologies.  

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Marketplace Tech®, hosted by Ben Brock Johnson, tackles the business behind the technology that’s obsessing us and changing our lives. With the listener in mind, this weekday segment examines everything from video games and robots to consumer protection and space travel.