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American Innovations

214 episodes - English - Latest episode: 2 days ago - ★★★★★ - 3.7K ratings

DNA science. Artificial intelligence. Smartphones and 3D printers. Science and technology have transformed the world we live in. But how did we get here? It wasn’t by accident. Well, sometimes it was. It was also the result of hard work, teamwork, and competition. And incredibly surprising moments.

Hosted by bestselling author Steven Johnson (“How We Got To Now”), American Innovations uses immersive scenes to tell the stories of the scientists, engineers, and ordinary people behind the greatest discoveries of the past century. From Wondery, the network behind Business Wars, American History Tellers, and Dirty John.

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Hacking | The John Dillinger of Cyberspace | 2

May 06, 2021 09:00 - 40 minutes - 37.2 MB

In the 1980s, computers, now more powerful and more affordable, become a bigger part of people’s work and life. And that makes hackers a greater threat. America’s laws are slow to keep up with this new form of break-in. Then, an incorrigible teenager with a talent for computers gets caught in the country’s shifting views of hacking, and becomes the most wanted cyber criminal in the United States. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and ad free, and access exclusive seasons of Ameri...

Hacking | What’s in the Blue Box? | 1

April 29, 2021 09:00 - 40 minutes - 37.2 MB

Hackers: the criminals who prey on our digital lives. Today they steal credit cards and personal information, or even commit acts of cyber-terrorism. But in the early days, hackers were largely seen as harmless pranksters. And it wasn’t computers they were initially interested in, but phones -- which they hacked with a mysterious device called the Blue Box. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early acc...

Introducing: 1865 Season 2

April 27, 2021 08:00 - 6 minutes - 5.89 MB

Listen now: wondery.fm/1865season2 April 15, 1865. President Lincoln is dead and the country in turmoil. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton takes control, determined to bring the assassin to justice—but the hunt for John Wilkes Booth isn’t all that grips Stanton. Lincoln’s successor, Vice President Andrew Johnson, is likely to bend to southern interests and undo the very progress for which Lincoln died. Edwin Stanton must employ every bit of political wile he can muster to secure the...

Breaking The Sound Barrier | Who Got to Mach 1 First? | 3

April 22, 2021 09:00 - 32 minutes - 29.5 MB

In 1947, Chuck Yeager made history when he flew faster than the speed of sound. But was he really the first to do it? On this episode, Steven talks to aviation historian and retired fighter pilot Dan Hampton, whose book “Chasing the Demon” presents an alternate history of the quest to reach Mach 1. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App htt...

Breaking The Sound Barrier | Sonic Boom or Bust | 2

April 15, 2021 09:00 - 40 minutes - 36.7 MB

With each test run, pilot Chuck Yeager is getting closer to taking the top secret Bell X-1 plane past the speed of sound. But just before a critical flight, an accident on the ground jeopardizes his chances of success. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations. Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRe...

Wondery Presents: Secret Sauce

April 13, 2021 08:00 - 5 minutes - 5.37 MB

In Wondery’s newest series, Secret Sauce, hosts John Frye and Sam Donner explore the stories and successes behind some of the most inspiring businesses, creative innovators and intrepid entrepreneurs.  First up, we’re diving into the company that revolutionized how we vacation, travel, and even how we trust other people...we’re talking about Airbnb. In 2008, Air Bed and Breakfast launched at SXSW with high hopes of becoming an alternative to overbooked hotels...but they ended up wi...

Breaking The Sound Barrier | A Bullet With Wings | 1

April 08, 2021 09:00 - 42 minutes - 39 MB

In the 1940s, as planes got faster, it seemed like they were hitting a wall -- literally. Many pilots tried to travel faster than the speed of sound, often with fatal results. Could American test pilot Chuck Yeager succeed where they had failed? Or would his daredevil attitude get him grounded before he gets a chance? Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in...

Encore: Electric Chair | A Matter of Light and Death | 3

April 01, 2021 09:00 - 38 minutes - 35.1 MB

In the summer of 1888, just as the electric chair controversy was unfolding, Nikola Tesla moved to Pittsburgh to work for George Westinghouse, fulfilling a year-long commitment he made when Westinghouse purchased Tesla’s AC motor patents. The deal would make Tesla a millionaire, but it would ultimately threaten to topple Westinghouse’s business. Support us by supporting out sponsors! Peloton - Go to onepeloton.com to learn more. To get started with a free trial of Klaviyo, visit...

Wondery Presents: Spy Affair

March 29, 2021 07:00 - 2 minutes - 2.18 MB

A charismatic Russian woman arrives in the US on a mission to improve relations between the two countries, and she soon makes some powerful friends. But who is Maria Butina? And who is she working for? As Maria gets closer to the rich and connected she also attracts the attention of the FBI. In the politically charged world of US-Russia relations, everyone has secrets and almost nothing is what it seems. From Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and Dr. Death comes SPY AFFAIR...

Encore: Electric Chair | The War Becomes Electric | 2

March 25, 2021 09:00 - 40 minutes - 36.6 MB

After his unceremonious departure from Edison Electric, Nikola Tesla found himself broke and dejected, but more determined than ever to share his alternating current system with the world. And thanks to the help of one man who really believed in his work -- a man with vision, money and power -- he’d soon have his chance. Tesla had Edison in his sites, and the War of the Currents was about to get deadly. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+....

Encore: Electric Chair | Power to the People | 1

March 18, 2021 09:00 - 46 minutes - 42.4 MB

On August 6, 1890, a prisoner named William Kemmler became the first man executed in the electric chair. It was designed to be a more humane form of execution, but the gruesome scene in the death chamber that day revealed the device to be anything but.  Behind the story of the electric chair lies another story, involving three titans of innovation—Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse — locked in a desperate fight for control of the future of electricity. Their confli...

Lie Detector | The Future of Lying | 3

March 11, 2021 10:00 - 32 minutes - 30.1 MB

What new technologies might eventually replace the still-popular but widely debunked polygraph? On this episode, Steven talks with Ken Alder, author of the book “The Lie Detectors: The History of an American Obsession,” about the lie detector’s enduring appeal and uncertain future. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app....

Lie Detector | Larson's Monster | 2

March 04, 2021 10:00 - 37 minutes - 34.7 MB

In 1922, a murder case in Washington, DC presents the first opportunity for lie detector results to be used in a criminal trial. But even as lie detectors become more commonly used, one of the device’s inventors begins to have serious doubts about the accuracy of his creation.  Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.lin...

Sponsored: The Way Things Should Be | Carmax | 6

February 26, 2021 10:00 - 27 minutes - 25 MB

The weed whacker. The microwave. Instant noodles. Three simple yet ingenious inventions that challenged the status quo and made our lives easier. On this special episode, we tell the stories of three inventors who, through their visionary products, showed us the way things should be. Presented by Carmax.

Lie Detector | The Heart of a Liar | 1

February 25, 2021 10:00 - 40 minutes - 36.9 MB

Humans are shockingly bad at telling whether or not someone is lying. That’s why, a century ago, psychologists and criminologists developed machines to detect lies for us, by measuring blood pressure, pulse, and breathing rate. Their lie detectors promised to revolutionize the criminal justice system. But is it really possible for science to separate truth from lies? Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges,...

Mission To Mars | How to Land on the Red Planet | 6

February 18, 2021 10:00 - 41 minutes - 38 MB

On February 18th, 2021, Perseverance will become the latest NASA rover to land on Mars. To mark the occasion, Steven talks to two of the engineers behind the Mars rover program: Dr. Anita Sengupta, who designed the parachute systems for the Curiosity rover in 2012, and Dr. Matt Smith, one of the flight directors guiding Perseverance towards its landing site. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early ac...

Mission To Mars | Encore: The Woman Who Put Man on the Moon | 5

February 11, 2021 10:00 - 43 minutes - 39.9 MB

Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are preparing to land on the Moon. The whole world is watching live on television. But something is very wrong: Their warning alarms are flashing. There’s only one woman who can fix it: MIT software engineer Margaret Hamilton.  This episode originally aired on March 14, 2019. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in...

Mission To Mars | Becoming Martians | 4

February 04, 2021 10:00 - 32 minutes - 29.9 MB

A Mars colony by 2040? Children born on Mars by 2050? It still sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but more than ever, it’s within reach. On this episode, Steven talks to engineer, author and Mars evangelist Dr. Robert Zubrin about why putting humans on the red planet isn’t just a scientific and technological exercise -- it’s also a way to ensure that human culture keeps moving forward. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wonder...

Introducing: School of Greatness

February 03, 2021 09:30 - 8 minutes - 7.49 MB

Lewis Howes is a New York Times best-selling author, 2x All-American athlete, keynote speaker, and entrepreneur. The School of Greatness shares inspiring interviews from the most successful people on the planet—world-renowned leaders in business, entertainment, sports, science, health, and literature—to inspire YOU to unlock your inner greatness and live your best life. Click to listen to School of Greatness: wondery.fm/SOG

Mission To Mars | Curiosity and Perseverance | 3

January 28, 2021 10:00 - 40 minutes - 37.3 MB

Led by an iconoclastic engineer who barely graduated high school, NASA jumps back into the race to send humans to Mars. But first, they need to figure out how to land larger vehicles on the treacherous Martian surface – and how to make enough oxygen for humans to one day colonize the red planet. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Peloton - Get started on your Peloton journey today and download the Peloton app through January 31, 2021 for a two-month free trial. Trust and Wil...

Mission To Mars | A Millionaire in Space | 2

January 21, 2021 10:00 - 38 minutes - 35.5 MB

After making his fortune in the dot-com boom, tech entrepreneur Elon Musk decides to take on a new challenge: going into space, and eventually colonizing Mars. To him, rockets are outdated technology just waiting to be disrupted. But he soon learns that space is not so easily conquered.  Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wonder...

Mission To Mars | Elon Musk Takes Aim | 2

January 21, 2021 10:00 - 38 minutes - 35.5 MB

After making his fortune in the dot-com boom, tech entrepreneur Elon Musk decides to take on a new challenge: going into space, and eventually colonizing Mars. To him, rockets are outdated technology just waiting to be disrupted. But he soon learns that space is not so easily conquered.  Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wonder...

Wondery presents Business Movers

January 15, 2021 09:00 - 7 minutes - 6.83 MB

In Wondery’s newest series, Business Movers, host Lindsay Graham dives deep into the inner workings of some of the most successful companies of all time. From the origin stories of their famed leaders to the million dollar idea that catapulted them to success, how exactly did these companies grow from an idea and a dream to multi-billion dollar corporations? Hear the landmark decisions, the scandals, and the stunning triumphs that made them who they are. First up: Walt Disney. Liste...

Mission To Mars | Seeing Red | 1

January 14, 2021 10:00 - 35 minutes - 32.1 MB

Even after the Apollo program put astronauts on the moon, Mars remained out of reach. Then, in 1990, an ambitious engineer hatched an ingenious plan to send the first humans to the red planet. But will anyone at NASA buy into his idea? Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.

Mission To Mars | Mars Indirect | 1

January 14, 2021 10:00 - 35 minutes - 32.1 MB

Even after the Apollo program put astronauts on the moon, Mars remained out of reach. Then, in 1990, an ambitious engineer hatched an ingenious plan to send the first humans to the red planet. But will anyone at NASA buy into his idea? Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations.

Encore: Conquering Pain | Ether Dreams | 3

January 07, 2021 10:00 - 41 minutes - 38.4 MB

As Horace Wells’ life goes from bad to worse, William Morton becomes an unlikely hero. This episode originally aired on November 22, 2018. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Trust and Will - Gain peace of mind at trustandwill.com/AMERICAN and get ten percen...

Encore: Conquering Pain | The Swindle | 2

December 31, 2020 10:00 - 39 minutes - 35.7 MB

After experimenting on himself, Horace Wells realized that laughing gas might help make surgeries less painful. But his search for a business partner would lead him to a fateful encounter with a petty crook named William Morton. This episode originally aired on November 15, 2020. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.l...

Encore: Conquering Pain | The Frolic | 1

December 24, 2020 10:00 - 33 minutes - 30.9 MB

For decades, Americans resigned themselves to gritting their teeth through the agony of surgery. But then an eminent surgeon, a charming swindler, and his hapless mark crossed paths and changed everything. This episode originally aired on November 8, 2018. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations. Suppor...

Wondery Presents Business Wars: TikTok vs Instagram

December 21, 2020 09:30 - 5 minutes - 4.84 MB

In the newest season of Wondery’s Business Wars, TikTok vs Instagram, they track the war between two social media giants. Within the last couple years, TikTok has become one of the most popular apps around the world. And despite political constraints the app has recently faced, TikTok has still managed to pose a serious threat to its American counterpart: Instagram. Listen to the latest season of Business Wars: TikTok vs Instagram today: wondery.fm/tiktokvsinstagram.

Year In Review | When Will I Get the Vaccine? | 1

December 17, 2020 10:00 - 30 minutes - 27.7 MB

2020 has been a year of struggle, uncertainty and loss. It has also forced us to adapt and innovate in nearly every aspect of our lives. But no innovation this year has been more important and more astounding than the Covid-19 vaccine. On this year-end episode, Steven talks to Bruce Gellin, president of Global Immunization at the Sabin Vaccine Institute in Washington, D.C.. about what to expect from the imminent Covid-19 vaccine. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episo...

Telephone | Our Distracted Minds | 3

December 10, 2020 10:00 - 27 minutes - 25.6 MB

Alexander Graham Bell wouldn’t recognize the telephone today. Our phones allow us to keep the internet in our pockets and offer an endless stream of information and entertainment. But they're also altering our society. On this episode, Steven talks to Dr Larry Rosen, co-author of “The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High Tech World,” about how smartphones have impacted our lives. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for ...

Telephone | Guided by Voices | 2

December 03, 2020 10:00 - 39 minutes - 35.8 MB

Alexander Graham Bell has created one of the most important inventions in history. Now all he has to do is fight a business partner who doesn't care and a corporate monster that wants to destroy him. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App https://wondery.app.link/innovations. Support us by supporting our sponsors!

Wondery Presents Little Stories Everywhere

December 01, 2020 09:30 - 4 minutes - 4.48 MB

Wondery’s newest podcast, Little Stories Everywhere, is the perfect immersive experience to share by the fireplace with loved ones this holiday season. Each episode will be the reading of a children’s classic - some of the most magical stories ever told, now reimagined with enchanting sound design for families to enjoy together or adults to enjoy on their own.  Little Stories Everywhere is out now, premiering with A Merry Christmas, a collection of holiday tales by Louisa May Alcot...

Telephone | Call Waiting | 1

November 26, 2020 10:00 - 41 minutes - 37.7 MB

In the 19th Century, the telegraph is the cutting edge of communication. No one can imagine anything better—except Alexander Graham Bell. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/innovations Support us by supporting our sponsors! Masterwork - So if you're ready to invest like a billionaire, head to masterworks.io - and use promo code AI to skip the 25,000 person...

Auto-Tune: From Cher to Kanye | 1

November 19, 2020 10:00 - 41 minutes - 37.7 MB

All Andy Hildebrand wanted to do was make a computer program to help singers sound better. He never expected it to kick off a battle for the soul of modern music. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App here. Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Go to ziprecruiter.com/ai.

Auto-Tune | 1

November 19, 2020 10:00 - 41 minutes - 37.7 MB

All Andy Hildebrand wanted to do was make a computer program to help singers sound better. He never expected it to kick off a battle for the soul of modern music. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App here. Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Go to ziprecruiter.com/ai.

The Fight Against AIDS | The AIDS-Covid Connection | 4

November 12, 2020 10:00 - 32 minutes - 29.6 MB

With AIDS under control here in the U.S., we find ourselves in the middle of another deadly pandemic. Now the doctors who were on the front lines of the AIDS crisis are using what they've learned over the past 30 years to help fight against Covid-19. On this episode, Steven talks to Dr. Monica Gandhi, director of the UCSF Center for AIDS Research, who has recently contributed to research into SARS-CoV-2. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+....

Wondery presents Do No Harm

November 10, 2020 09:00 - 4 minutes - 4.06 MB

Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/Do_No_Harm From Wondery, the makers of Dr. Death and Dirty John, and NBC News the team behind Dateline and The Thing About Pam - Do No Harm.  Melissa Bright thinks she's living every parent's worst nightmare when her five-month-old baby tumbles from a lawn chair and hits his head on the driveway. But after she rushes him to the hospital, a new nightmare begins.The Brights are thrust into a medical and legal system so focused on protecting childre...

The Fight Against AIDS | The Lazarus Effect | 32

November 05, 2020 10:00 - 46 minutes - 42.4 MB

As AIDS activists keep up the pressure to find new treatments and lower the price of existing ones, they win unlikely allies at the highest levels of government. Meanwhile, some doctors on the frontlines of the epidemic take drug research into their own hands. And a new class of drugs promises to bring the sickest AIDS patients back from the brink of death. Support us by supporting our sponsors!

The Fight Against AIDS | The Lazarus Effect | 3

November 05, 2020 10:00 - 46 minutes - 42.5 MB

As AIDS activists keep up the pressure to find new treatments and lower the price of existing ones, they win unlikely allies at the highest levels of government. Meanwhile, some doctors on the frontlines of the epidemic take drug research into their own hands. And a new class of drugs promises to bring the sickest AIDS patients back from the brink of death. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early acc...

The Fight Against AIDS | Placebos and Profits | 2

October 29, 2020 09:00 - 36 minutes - 33.8 MB

Four years into the AIDS epidemic, scientists discover a drug that may treat the disease: AZT. But the new drug quickly becomes mired in controversy -- over how it's tested, its potential side effects, and its astronomical price tag. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App here. Support us by supporting our sponsors! ExtraHop - Learn more ...

Wondery Presents: Dr. Death Season 2

October 27, 2020 06:30 - 4 minutes - 4.02 MB

If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer you want them to get the best treatment from the best doctors. In 2013, patients in Michigan thought Farid Fata was that doctor. Between his prestigious education, years of experience and pleasant bedside manner, Fata was everything you could want in a doctor. But he was not who he appeared to be. From Wondery, this is the story of hundreds of patients in Michigan, a doctor, and a poisonous secret. Laura Beil, returns with a second seaso...

The Fight Against AIDS | The Epidemic Begins | 1

October 22, 2020 09:00 - 42 minutes - 38.8 MB

In the early 1980s, a mysterious new disease spread like wildfire through the gay communities of major U.S. cities. Before it even had a name, AIDS had already killed over half its victims. Public response was hampered by ignorance, fear, and homophobia. This is the story of the doctors, scientists and activists who risked everything to lead the fight against AIDS. Listen to new episodes 1 week early and to all episodes ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, e...

The Fight Against AIDS | The Gay Plague | 1

October 22, 2020 09:00 - 42 minutes - 38.7 MB

In the early 1980s, a mysterious new disease spread like wildfire through the gay communities of major U.S. cities. Before it even had a name, AIDS had already killed over half its victims. Public response was hampered by ignorance, fear, and homophobia. This is the story of the doctors, scientists and activists who risked everything to lead the fight against AIDS. Listen ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in ...

Encore: Thinking Machines | Passing For Human | 5

October 15, 2020 09:00 - 41 minutes - 37.7 MB

Can a computer pass for human? And more importantly, can a computer beat a human at Jeopardy? It’s all fun and games until we start putting life-changing decisions in the hands of machines. Note: This episode originally aired in September 2018.   Support us by supporting our sponsors! Masterworks - So if you're ready to invest like a billionaire, head to masterworks.io - and use promo code AI to skip the 25,000 person waitlist.

Encore: Thinking Machines | I Learn, Therefore I Am | 4

October 08, 2020 09:00 - 38 minutes - 34.9 MB

A leap in the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence causes concern about the dangers ahead.   Note: This episode originally aired in September 2018.   Support us by supporting our sponsors! Fundrise - Get started at fundrise.com/AI to have your first NINETY days of advisory fees waived. Masterworks - As a listener of our show, you can get special access by going to masterworks.io and using promo code AI to skip the 25,000-person waitlist.

Wondery presents Kamala: Next In Line

October 05, 2020 08:30 - 6 minutes - 5.79 MB

Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/KamalaNextInLine If she wins in November, Kamala Harris would become Vice President after one of the most consequential and tumultuous elections in American history. Harris would be the most significant player to help Joe Biden manage a country in crisis. So who is she? Kamala: Next in Line goes inside the cross-cultural journey that led Harris from her humble roots to become the first African-American woman to represent California in the Senate ...

Encore: Thinking Machines | Siri-ous Business | 3

October 01, 2020 09:00 - 37 minutes - 33.9 MB

The development of smartphone Artificial Intelligence from early government research funding and the first experimental robot in Silicon Valley to the rise of the personal assistant known as Siri. Note: This episode originally aired in September 2018.   Support us by supporting our sponsors! Policy Genius - Head to policygenius.com and you could save 50% or more by comparing quotes. Peloton - Try out Peloton Bike Plus for yourself with Peloton’s 30 Day Home Trial. If you decide...

Encore: Thinking Machines | How Do You Make A Computer Blink? | 2

September 24, 2020 09:00 - 38 minutes - 35.1 MB

With six different kinds of pieces, 64 squares to move in, and billions of possible combinations of moves, chess is a good test for a computer. The number of distinct 40-move games is far greater than the number of electrons in the visible universe. For all intents and purposes: almost infinite. Gary Kasparov is the world’s best chess player. Deep Blue is a computer. It’s humanity v machine. There’s a lot at stake and things turn controversial fast with accusations of cheating, a v...

Introducing Business Wars: Pizza Hut vs Domino's

September 23, 2020 08:30 - 5 minutes - 4.67 MB

Today, pizza powers a $100 billion dollar global industry -- but when the Carney brothers opened the very first Pizza Hut in 1958, it was still practically unheard-of outside major US cities. Since then, the passion for pies has grown like crazy, fueling a competitor named Domino’s and taking these one-time mom and pop joints global. But when their businesses began to rise, they inspired a whole host of competitors to join the market, forcing both companies to innovate at a rapid pa...

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