Scaling the Gumdrop Mountains03/26/15
From the polio ward of a hospital to the Gumdrop Mountains and Lollipop Woods, the surprising journey of a sweet little game.
Snackbot, the Sophisticated Vending Machine
Vending machines that ask trivia questions and give out electronics. Take a peek at the new world of interactive advertisements.
Robots Become Writers
Robot art has come a long way from HAL singing Daisy in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Algorithms are writing novels now. Bot artist Darius Kazemi and computer scientist Kris Hammond talk about the future of computer-generated narratives.
Vivek Wadhwa on 2025
3-D printed food, self-driving cars, and robots everywhere. Technology is going to radically alter our lives in the next fifteen years, at least according to entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa. And immigration might be the key to that change.
Why Jokes are Funny
Theres a reason why you spent twelve hours mainlining every episode of House of Cards -- your brain cant tell the difference between fiction and reality. Cognitive scientist Jim Davies explains the science behind why we laugh, why we cry, and why we...
The Art (and Business) of Freelancing
Pepsi, GM, and Google are looking to hire journalists, and Contently co-founder Shane Snow is helping them do just that. He discusses the future of freelancing for journalists, and how big companies fit into the picture.
Long before the backspace, a single mom made a fortune erasing our mistakes.
Defining Noah Webster
Noah Webster may be the most important founding father youve never heard about. Historian Joshua Kendall talks about how Webster helped write the Constitution, invented American English, and was so crotchety weve basically forgotten about him.
The New Yorker: 90 Years of Commentary, Criticism, and Cartoons
The Great Depression, World War II, 9/11 -- the New Yorker has published through all of it. David Remnick, the magazines editor, looks at what the future holds -- and why prints not dead.
A Dip Into History: Purchasing Power
Inventor Norman Joseph Woodland learned morse code as a Boy Scout. Over 20 years later, those dots and dashes were his inspiration for a new system of tracking and selling products.
21st Century Mad Men
The days of passive consumers are long gone. If advertisers want to engage todays audiences, they need to create shareable experiences, say Thinkmodo co-founder James Percelay and advertising professor Edward Boches.
2.21.15 Geeking Out
Next week on Innovation Hub, we embrace nerdiness. It begins with Weird Al Yankovic: he just won a Grammy for his recent album but hes also been innovating for decades. We have a roundtable with Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times and investor Roger...
Look, Up In the Sky! Drones!
Amazon wants to deliver books, CDs, and diapers to us by drone. But testing drones around the country opens up a world of potential problems.
How Weird Al Stays Weird
Kara talks with recent Grammy winner Weird Al about how hes stayed fresh throughout his career. Plus, they geek out together on grammar.
The Future of Tech, Right Now
Look ahead 10, 15 years. How will technology shape our lives? We ask Roger McNamee, an investing legend in Silicon Valley, and Farhad Manjoo, who writes about tech for the New York Times.
Weve long debated whether intelligence is innate or acquired. Author Annie Murphy Paul talks about the latest scientific research - and looks at simple techniques that may be able to enhance our brains.
Dating Meets Data
Love may be a battlefield, but Christian Rudder of OkCupid and Pepper Schwartz of Perfect Match think that online dating is changing the entire war.
Your Computer's a Flirt
Stanford researchers studied how men and women talk when theyre flirting, and Melissa Dahl, a writer for New York Magazine, discovered that - so far - your computers better at it than you.
The Science Evangelist
When Yale professor Ainissa Ramirez discovered that few kids understood the science of the world around them, she left academia to help fix science education.
Tech Meets Fashion
Matthew Drinkwater, head of the Fashion Innovation Agency, and Ryan Raffaelli, assistant professor at Harvard Business School discuss the history -- and future -- of fashion and technology.
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