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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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Tech News: Google's AI Pushes Diversity Too Far

In what I can only describe as an overcorrection, Google's Gemini AI has tried to promote diversity in situations where it's not appropriate, such as in an image portraying Nazi soldiers. Plus, Bluesky gives more control to users, Cruise looks to resume operations in a different state after California revoked its license, and researchers find a way to double processing power without upgrading hardware. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

19m
Feb 23
A Conversation with Jacob Goldstein

Journalist Jacob Goldstein joins the show to talk about the challenges of communicating technology topics to the public, how to sort through the promise and threat of AI, and the way that engineers approach problems. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

57m
Feb 21
TechStuff Classic: The Intel Story Part One

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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

58m
Feb 19
TechStuff Classic: History of Electricity Part Two

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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1h 8m
Feb 16
Invented by Accident

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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

18m
Feb 14
When Did Google Stop Being a Search Company?

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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

43m
Feb 12
Tech News: Power-Hungry AI and Malicious Toothbrushes

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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

21m
Feb 09
Pivot to Video

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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

41m
Feb 08
A Small Episode About Big Data

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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

39m
Feb 05
Tech News: US Senate Grills Big Tech CEOs

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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

36m
Feb 02
HOVERCRAFT!!!

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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

44m
Jan 31
Operating Systems that Time Forgot

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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

43m
Jan 29
Tech News: The Political War Against Social Media

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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

37m
Jan 26
Moving Around in VR

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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

47m
Jan 25
AI at CES 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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

46m
Jan 23
TechStuff Classic: History of Electricity Part One

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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

54m
Jan 19
Rerun: Copyright and Fair Use

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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

53m
Jan 18
Rerun: How Fuel Cells Work

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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

36m
Jan 16
TechStuff Classic: The Wonderful World of Audio Animatronics

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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1h 14m
Jan 13
Rerun: It's All Relative

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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

47m
Jan 10
Rerun: Machine Consciousness

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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

42m
Jan 08
TechStuff Classic: Pew Pew Lasers

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 https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1h 11m
Jan 05
How CT Scanners Work and A TechStuff Update

How does CT (computed tomography) scanners work? What's going on with TechStuff? In this episode, you are invited into Jonathan's brain to find out. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

22m
Jan 03
TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Enters the Singularity

What is the technological singularity? How might the technological singularity come about? What do critics say about the idea of the singularity? Listen in as Jonathan and Lauren explore the technological singularity. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

44m
Jan 02
TechStuff Predicts What Will Happen This Year

I swore I would never do another one of these. But what the heck, let's get out the crystal ball and make some predictions. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

37m
Jan 01
Big Stories of 2023: The Microsoft-Activision Blizzard Deal

Nearly two years after Microsoft announced its intention to acquire video game company Activision Blizzard, it sealed the deal. But it wasn't a sure thing. We look back on how government officials around the world nearly prevented the merger and why.  See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

28m
Dec 31, 2023
The Death of Hyperloop One

What was once a blue sky engineering dream has finally been put to bed. Hyperloop One never achieved its goal, but it did manage to be a hot spot for drama and controversy before petering out. We look back on the company. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

19m
Dec 30, 2023
Big Tech Stories of 2023: Crypto Competitors and Crime

While FTX's failure happened in late 2022, the story of Sam Bankman-Fried's literal trials and tribulations played out this year. Plus, his rival Changpeng "CZ" Zhao entered a guilty plea on securities violations. We look at how two leaders in the crypto space had to face the music in 2023. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

21m
Dec 29, 2023
TechStuff Classic: The Macintosh Story Part 3

From the return of Steve Jobs to the most recent Macs, we look at how the computer has changed over the years. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1h 0m
Dec 29, 2023
The 12 Days of Tech Christmas

While Christmas 2023 might be over, I have a little present for all of y'all -- 12 days out of 2023 that were important in the tech world for one reason or another. From cryptocurrency controversies to Apple getting into augmented reality, we look at a dozen days that stood out in 2023. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

21m
Dec 28, 2023