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TechStuff is a show about technology. And it’s not just how technology works. Join host Jonathan Strickland as he explores the people behind the tech, the companies that market it and how technology affects our lives and culture.

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TechStuff is a show about technology. And it’s not just how technology works. Join host Jonathan Strickland as he explores the people behind the tech, the companies that market it and how technology affects our lives and culture.

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English

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HowStuffWorks.com One Capital City Plaza 3350 Peachtree Road, Suite 1500 Atlanta, GA 30326 404-760-4729


Episodes

TechStuff Classic: The Intel Story Part One

2/19/2024
How did the co-founders of Intel go from being "traitors" to two of the early pioneers of Silicon Valley? We learn about Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:58:10

TechStuff Classic: History of Electricity Part Two

2/16/2024
As the 20th century loomed ever closer, the battle waged to determine how we would transmit electricity. Learn about the current wars and why AC ultimately won. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:08:51

Invented by Accident

2/14/2024
Not all inventions are the product of careful experimentation. Sometimes, someone pulls a whoopsie and learns something new. This episode is all about those types of discoveries. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:18:21

When Did Google Stop Being a Search Company?

2/12/2024
For a couple of years in Google's early history, it was a real search company. But that would change in 2000 as Google would embrace advertising. Learn how Google would shift to become a dominant force in online ads. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:43:55

Tech News: Power-Hungry AI and Malicious Toothbrushes

2/9/2024
Sam Altman of OpenAI wants to see a huge investment in new semiconductor fabrication plants to support AI implementations. The FTC hopes to reverse the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard merger. And did hackers really take over millions of smart toothbrushes? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:21:14

Pivot to Video

2/7/2024
Back in 2015, Facebook made a claim that would lead advertisers and content creators to shift focus to online video. There was one problem -- the claim ended up being bogus. How did the pivot to video strategy become a dark, grim joke in the tech sector? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:41:35

A Small Episode About Big Data

2/5/2024
What does Big Data actually mean? How has the science of Big Data changed recently? What are the potential benefits and pitfalls of Big Data? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:39:09

Tech News: US Senate Grills Big Tech CEOs

2/2/2024
The Senate Judiciary Committee met with CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg with accusations that their companies are actively causing harm to children, and they weren't happy with the response. Plus, a judge tells Elon Musk that he will not be getting the massive compensation package promised to him by Tesla's board of directors. And TikTok says goodbye to Taylor Swift's music (and all other UMG tracks). Plus more! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:36:07

HOVERCRAFT!!!

1/31/2024
Who invented the hovercraft? What happened to all the hovercraft that used to provide transportation options in the UK? How do they work? We look into all this, plus a classic Jackie Chan action flick. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:44:59

Operating Systems that Time Forgot

1/29/2024
Sometimes, an operating system has served its purpose and it's time to go live on a farm. We take a look at some operating systems that are no longer supported and explore why moving on can sometimes cause a problem. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:43:11

Tech News: The Political War Against Social Media

1/26/2024
From New York City to the state of Florida, politicians are getting serious as they face off against social media companies like Meta TikTok. Plus, we have a bunch of news around AI, an update on Tesla that has investors upset and we say farewell to an amazing little helicopter on Mars. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:37:30

Moving Around in VR

1/24/2024
An interesting set of challenges crop up when you want to translate movements in a physical space to a virtual one. How do you keep people safe? How do you manage groups in the same physical space? And can you still look cool if you're running around on an omni treadmill? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:47:47

AI at CES 2024

1/22/2024
At this year's CES, several trends revealed themselves among the exhibitors. But none were more prevalent than the incorporation of artificial intelligence. How are companies using, or at least claiming to use, AI in their products this year? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:46:50

TechStuff Classic: History of Electricity Part One

1/19/2024
Did you know that engineers were harnessing electricity long before they even knew what it was? We take a look at the history and tech behind electricity. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:54:02

Rerun: Copyright and Fair Use

1/17/2024
In this episode from 2021, we look at the thorny issues of copyright and how fair use isn't some proactive safety play to avoid those pesky copyright strikes. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:53:49

Rerun: How Fuel Cells Work

1/15/2024
A fuel cell is an electrochemical energy conversion device; it turns chemical energy into electrical energy. Jonathan and Chris discuss fuel cells in detail from their origins to why they're not practical for general use yet in this episode. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:36:14

TechStuff Classic: The Wonderful World of Audio Animatronics

1/12/2024
It might be a small world after all, but how did Disney imagineers create the first audio animatronics and how do they work? Find out in the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:14:50

Rerun: It's All Relative

1/10/2024
How do the theories of special relativity and general relativity apply to satellites? Why is the speed of light constant, but time and distance are not? We get all Einstein up in here! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:47:25

Rerun: Machine Consciousness

1/8/2024
Is it really possible for a machine to achieve consciousness? What does consciousness even mean? From philosophy to technological obstacles, we look at the problems and possibilities. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:42:52

TechStuff Classic: Pew Pew Lasers

1/5/2024
Lasers can be used to threaten our enemies, cut steel and even amuse our cats. Find out the history of lasers and how they work in this episode of Techstuff. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:01:11:19