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August 15, 2019
In the 1960s, choking was a national epidemic. In the United States alone, close to 4,000 people were dying from choking every year.  Lobster, ham, and hamburger were common culprits. But steak was by far the greatest offender.  Coroners called for a solution to these “Cafe Coronaries,” and the medical community responded with weird and dangerous gadgets: vacuum tubes and long tweezers. But Dr. Henry Heimlich knew this problem required something else; a simple technique that anyone can use to save the lives of choking victims—the Heimlich Maneuver.  The Heimlich Maneuver would save the lives of thousands of people, including Carrie Fisher, Cher, New York Mayor Ed Koch, and at least one American President. And yet, Dr. Heimlich would spend a decade fighting for the legitimacy of his life-saving maneuver.  Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - And right now, listeners of American Innovations can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at this exclusive web address: ZipRecruiter.com/AI Titan - Sign up for Titan today and get 25% off your advisory fees. Head to titanvest.com/ai to get started.
August 8, 2019
The first mass rollout of robots into mainstream life won’t be humanoid machines designed to clean our homes or mow our lawns. It will be our cars. That’s what author Jason Torchinsky argues in his book “Robot, Take the Wheel: The Road to Autonomous Cars and the Lost Art of Driving.” Torchinsky, senior editor at Jalopnik.com joins us to talk about why building truly autonomous vehicles is a lot more complicated than we think. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Mack Weldon - For 20% off your first order, visit mackweldon.com and enter promo code AI at checkout. Viima - For a free two month premium plan subscription with unlimited users visit viima.com/ai.
August 5, 2019
How big is our galaxy? Why do certain movies make us cry? And what exactly is string theory? Join Sean Carroll's Mindscape to dive deep into the biggest ideas in science, philosophy, culture and much more. Start listening today at http://wondery.fm/SCMindscape
August 1, 2019
The DeLorean was going to change the automotive industry. Designed to be fast, fuel-efficient, durable and affordable, it was going to be the first ethical sports car. It was going to break Detroit’s monopoly on car manufacturing and bring stability to Ireland’s fragile economy.  So what went wrong? And what can we learn from it? Support us by supporting our sponsors! LightStream - As a listener of American Innovations, you can apply now to get a special interest rate discount. The ONLY way to get this discount is to go to lightstream.com/ai Viima - To get a free two-month subscription to its Premium plan with unlimited users, go to viima.com/ai
July 25, 2019
Normally on American Innovations, we look at the history of the science and technology that transformed the world we live in. These stories teach us about the vision, grit, competition, and teamwork required to conquer new frontiers and forge new pathways to the future. But equally valuable, perhaps, are the stories of those visionary innovators who seemed poised for greatness, who aimed for the stars, and then fell, crashing spectacularly back to earth. In this series, we’ll examine one of the greatest failures in automotive history: the life and work of John DeLorean, the maverick engineer whose technical achievements seemed destined for the history books, among the likes of Henry Ford and Elon Musk. But instead, he became known for his dramatic demise.  Support us by supporting our sponsors! Viima - Go to viima.com/AI to get a free two-month Premium plan subscription with unlimited users. Zip Recruiter - To try Zip Recruiter for free, go to ziprecruiter.com/AI
July 4, 2019
Radioactive bugs, birds, and dogs: these are a few of biologist Timothy Mousseau’s favorite things. Though the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and neighboring Pripyat have sat largely abandoned for over 30 years, Mousseau has been back more than 50 times. Radiation levels vary inside the evacuation zone — perfect conditions he says to observe its effects on the creatures that call the area home. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Mack Weldon - For 20% off your first order, visit mackweldon.com and enter promo code AI at checkout Cayman Jack- Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
June 27, 2019
Since its launch, the birth control project had faced one obstacle after another. And over the year and a half that they’d been working, they had managed to solve all of their problems, except one: recruiting test subject for human trials. Birth control was still illegal in the US, so they couldn’t advertise the study, and if they couldn’t advertise, they couldn’t recruit subjects. At the time, the problem seemed insurmountable. But then, while on vacation, Dr. Gregory Pincus found the solution to his recruitment problem: Puerto Rico.  Birth control was legal on the island, and more importantly, the women were desperate for an answer to their population problem. There was no doubt in Pincus’s mind: these clinical trials would cement the project’s place in history. And he was right. The trials for the birth control pill would come to be known as one of the most controversial studies in the history of American medicine.  Support us by supporting our sponsors! LightStream - Apply to get a special interest rate discount, go to LIGHTSTREAM.COM/AI Cayman Jack- Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
June 20, 2019
In 1951, Dr. Gregory Pincus was on the verge of a breakthrough. He had successfully halted ovulation in rabbits and mice; now the project was finally ready for human trials. Only problem was, they had run out of money. Both Pincus and Margaret Sanger had tapped all of their respective resources. If there was any hope for the birth control pill, they'd need a big influx of cash—fast. That’s when Katharine McCormick entered the picture. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Zip Recruiter - The sooner you download the free ZipRecruiter Job Search app, the sooner it can help you find a better job Cayman Jack- Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
June 18, 2019
1865 starts with the moment Lincoln got shot and follows the journey of the Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton. Stanton continues to push through Lincoln’s progressive agenda while dealing with the nuances around the assassination. But the moral gravity of his actions, and his own secrets, threaten to consume him. Hosted by Lindsay Graham of American History Teller and American Scandal, 1865 is out today. Subscribe now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts at wondery.fm/1865
June 13, 2019
When Margaret Sanger opened her birth control clinic in 1916, she knew she was breaking the law. Distributing contraceptives, or even literature about birth control, was a jailable offense. But she didn’t care. As a nurse, Sanger had sworn to devote herself to the welfare of those in her community. And in the early 1900s, that meant doing something about the public health crisis caused by unplanned pregnancies. At the turn of the century, many women were having babies with no break in between pregnancies. It put them at risk for anemia, and uterine ruptures. Miscarriages were common. Of the children that were born, one in five died during the first five years of life. To Sanger, the solution was clear: a safe, effective, discrete contraceptive for women—a pill, no bigger than an aspirin. At the time, the idea seemed more radical than putting a man on the moon. And in some ways, developing it would be even more difficult. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Art of Shaving - Visit The Art of Shaving at any of their 100 retail locations, or shop online at theartofshaving.com and use the code AI to get 15% off your first order Cayman Jack- Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
June 6, 2019
Molly Wood has spent two decades covering the tech industry. As the host of “Marketplace Tech,” she demystifies the digital economy and how the world of business and tech influences us in unexpected ways. She came on the show to talk about why she’s drawn to tech world, and the role of tech in one of the biggest issues we face today: climate change. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Art of Shaving - Visit The Art of Shaving at any of their 100 retail locations, or shop online at theartofshaving.com and use the code AI to get 15% off your first order Cayman Jack- Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
May 30, 2019
By 1975, George Lucas knew exactly what he wanted Star Wars to look like, but what it would sound like was another story altogether. Lucas was tired of Sci-Fi’s typical synthetic and electronic cliches; he wanted a sonic world that felt organic and personal. So he hired a young sound designer named Ben Burtt, and sent him out into the world with a recorder and microphone. Burtt would need to blend and manipulate his recordings in order to achieve original sound designs, customized in every way to help bring the Skywalker saga to life. Like a detective, Burtt would have to hunt for the perfect buzz, bark, or hum to make Star Wars come alive. And in the process, he and Lucas would help to change the way audiences experience sound in films. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Art of Shaving - Visit The Art of Shaving at any of their 100 retail locations, or shop online at theartofshaving.com and use the code AI to get 15% off your first order Cayman Jack- Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
May 29, 2019
In this bonus episode, Steven Johnson talks to Mark Ramsey (host of Inside Jaws, Inside Psycho) about his latest series, Inside Star Wars. If our series shines a light on the technical pioneers who transformed an impossible vision into a reality, Inside Star Wars delivers an intimate portrait of the iconic director behind that vision, George Lucas. Listen to the rest at wondery.fm/ISWED.
May 23, 2019
With the success of STAR WARS, George Lucas finally had the independence and power to make movies exactly the way he wanted to make them—which was critical, because the sequels he planned were going to be even bigger and more challenging than the original. The artists of Industrial Light and Magic had barely finished the first film, but now they’d have to top themselves--designing a snow planet, imperial walkers, tauntauns, asteroid fields, a Cloud City, and a 12-mile long Star Destroyer. From 1978 to 1983, ILM surged forward with the mandate to not only complete the original STAR WARS trilogy, but also expand the company itself. The ultimate mission: to push the edge of what visual effects could be, and ultimately lead cinema from its analogue origins, to its digital present. Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - To try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/AI The Art of Shaving - Visit The Art of Shaving at any of their 100 retail locations, or shop online at theartofshaving.com and use the code AI to get 15% off your first order Cayman Jack- Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
May 16, 2019
When STAR WARS debuted in May 1977, it gave rise to a pop-cultural phenomenon unlike any the world had ever seen. The movie was so singular and iconic, and so technically ambitious -- that it almost never came to be. To bring Star Wars to the screen, new technology had to be invented and existing technology had to be utilized in ways never before imagined. None of the special effects companies in Hollywood could handle the blend of creativity and innovation necessary to bring director George Lucas’s vision to life. So Lucas built his own studio, and forever changed the way movies are made. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Art of Shaving - Go to theartofshaving.com and enter promo code AI at checkout to get 15% off your first order Cayman Jack- Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
May 2, 2019
In 1913, the young aviation industry was in trouble. The Wright brothers’ broad proprietary claim on airplane technology—and their willingness to sue competitors—created a legal bottleneck that was stifling the airplane’s development. Their legal power over aviation stemmed from the idea that they were the first to build a plane capable of flying. But what if they weren’t the first? In early 1914, Glenn Curtiss was presented with the opportunity to test that idea. Ironically, the experiment would end up costing him his place in history. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Art of Shaving - Listeners of American Innovations are invited to get 15% off their first order by using the promo code AI at checkout, online or at any The Art of Shaving stores. Cayman Jack - This Cinco de Mayo, take your celebration to the next level. Download Cayman Jack’s “How to Cinco Guide” at cinco.caymanjack.com.Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
April 25, 2019
Glenn Curtiss may have mastered the technical aspects of the airplane, but in September of 1909, Curtiss found himself painfully ill-equipped to handle the latest challenge before him: the Wright brothers were suing him for patent infringement., demanding he stop building, selling, and even flying his planes.  While Curtiss was the main target of the lawsuit, the outcome of the case would affect the industry as a whole. That’s because the question at hand focused on the interpretation and application of patent law. Specifically, could any one man--or in this case, two brothers--legally own the air. Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Listeners of American Innovations can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at this exclusive web address: ZipRecruiter.com/AI Cayman Jack- Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
April 18, 2019
Think for a moment about some of the pioneering developments from the earliest days of American aviation: The first pilot’s licence; the first flight from one city to another; the first airplane sold commercially. More than a century later, most people attribute these milestones to the Wright brothers. But the Wright brothers were responsible for none of these firsts. In fact, all of these achievements belong to just one man: Glenn Hammond Curtiss, the father of modern aviation. So why is it that most Americans have never heard his name? Support us by supporting our sponsors! Cayman Jack - Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
April 11, 2019
Twitter, Facebook, Youtube. The past year has brought a backlash against these companies and others over data privacy and their treatment of speech. Tech visionary and critic Jaron Lanier discusses his take on social media and why he thinks you should delete yours. Read Jaron’s latest book: Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Right Now. Support our show by supporting our sponsors! Cayman Jack - Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
April 4, 2019
Glamour. Hollywood. Drama. Although she was known as “the most beautiful woman in the world,” Actress Hedy Lamarr’s greatest life work was far from the silver screen. At the height of her film career, and in the midst of a world war, Hedy invented the basis for all modern wireless communications: signal hopping. Part of a special series with Smithsonian Magazine highlighting the lives of women inventors to celebrate Women’s History Month. Head over to Smithsonian.com/Wondery to go deeper, or find us on Twitter @InnovationsPod. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Stitcher - You can find episodes of American Innovations, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code “WONDERY”.
March 28, 2019
A machine to mass produce paper bags. Seems unremarkable today, but in the 1800s, it was cutting edge. The technology would change everyday life, and maybe, the life of one inventor: Margaret Knight. That is if she could get people to believe she invented it. Part of a special series with Smithsonian Magazine highlighting the lives of women inventors to celebrate Women’s History Month. Head over to Smithsonian.com/Wondery to go deeper, or find us on Twitter @InnovationsPod. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Art of Shaving - Go to theartofshaving.com and enter promo code AI at checkout to get 15% off your first order! ZipRecruiter - Right now, listeners of American Innovations can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/AI
March 21, 2019
The first self-made female African American millionaire is how she’s known. But Madam C.J. Walker’s story is much more than a rags to riches tale of a cosmetics industry mogul. She was an inventor, an entrepreneur, and a philanthropist. Along the way, she faced challenges from inside her own community and found a way to transform them into successes. Part of a special series with Smithsonian Magazine highlighting the lives of women inventors to celebrate Women’s History Month. Head over to Smithsonian.com/Wondery to go deeper, or find us on Twitter @InnovationsPod. Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Right now, listeners of American Innovations can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/AI
March 14, 2019
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 and they don't know what it is. There’s only one woman who can fix it: MIT software engineer Margaret Hamilton. This is the first episode of a special series with Smithsonian Magazine highlighting the lives of women inventors to celebrate Women’s History Month. Head over to Smithsonian.com/Wondery to go deeper, or find us on Twitter @InnovationsPod. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Art of Shaving - Go to theartofshaving.com and enter promo code AI at checkout to get 15% off your first order!
February 28, 2019
Things are really picking up for Coca-Cola, thanks to its industrious new—and most importantly, sober—owner, Asa Candler. Over the past year, Candler’s sold enough syrup to make half a million glasses of soda. The drink is loved by everyone who tries it, but on the business side, Candler is still just scraping by. To turn Coca-Cola into the sensation he knows it can be, he will have to battle a slew of imposters, take a massive marketing risk, and deal with one very problematic ingredient: cocaine. Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Right now, listeners of American Innovations can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/AI The Art of Shaving - Go to theartofshaving.com and enter promo code AI at checkout to get 15% off your first order!
February 21, 2019
In the wake of the Civil War, Atlanta emerged as both the cultural capital of the New South, and the epicenter of its snake oil trade. A shell-shocked populace, haunted by poverty, hunger and disease sought salvation in the dubious cure-all tonics of the pharmacy trade. What they got instead would go on to become the most famous beverage in the world: Coca-Cola. Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Listeners of American Innovations can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/AI
February 14, 2019
Malcolm Gladwell joins Steven Johnson to talk about innovation, writing, and Steven’s latest book “Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most.” The conversation was put on by the Next Big Idea Club. It’s a book club hand-curated by four legendary writers: Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Dan Pink and Adam Grant. You can sign up at NextBigIdeaClub.com/AI. Each season, you’ll get two books that will change the way you think and live. You’ll be introduced to essential ideas about productivity, business, psychology, and more. You’ll also get access to The Next Big Idea Club’s exclusive tools like online video insights, author interviews, and study guides to help you implement these life-changing concepts. They’ve also got an online forum where you can discuss the books and ideas with other passionate learners, Next Big Idea Club curators, and the authors themselves. Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Find your next great hire at ZipRecruiter.com/AI
February 7, 2019
Horace Day made a fortune off of the vulcanizing process Goodyear repeatedly went broke trying to develop. Now, with the help of the most famous attorney in the country, Secretary of State, Daniel Webster, Goodyear plans to make Day pay.
January 31, 2019
In 1839, Charles Goodyear accidentally discovered the key to rubber. Sulfur alone had proved too fragile, but when he combined it with heat? Durable, stable rubber. Finally Goodyear’s dreams were within his grasp. But that’s when he caught the eye of a New Jersey merchant named Horace Day, and things took a turn for the worse. Support us by supporting our sponsors!
January 24, 2019
In a world where materials were limited to wood, leather, metal, and cloth, rubber was something new: a substance that was strong, soft, flexible, and waterproof—but completely undependable. Then along came a 33 year-old hardware merchant named Charles Goodyear, who made it his personal mission to conquer rubber at any cost.
January 17, 2019
Bill Nye tell us how he became “The Science Guy,” why climate change is solvable, and what he thinks is the most important innovation of all time. He’ll talk his new Netflix show, “Bill Nye Saves the World” — which pretty much sums up what he’s trying to do these days. Plus, he shares his memories of Carl Sagan and how to combat today’s anti-science movement. Support us by supporting our sponsors! ZipRecruiter - Find your next great hire at ZipRecruiter.com/AI
December 27, 2018
Crypto woes, Facebook scandals, a Mars lander, and foldable phones. 2018 was a mixed bag for innovation. Journalists Devindra Hardawar, Engadget, and Clive Thompson, Wired & The New York Times Magazine, join Steven to talk about the year in science and technology - and what's to come in 2019. Support this show by supporting our sponsors! Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.com Crowd Cow - Get $25 off your first order at CrowdCow.com/AI The Art of Shaving - The perfect shave is here. Get 15% off your first order by using the promo code "AI" at checkout online or in the store.
December 20, 2018
VR is dead. Then along comes a teenager with a vision and a headset and changes everything. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Great Courses - Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/AI for a special FREE MONTH TRIAL to The Great Courses Plus. Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.com
December 13, 2018
Atari has assembled the best of the best. They look ready to get VR off the ground but then the company they make a colossal mistake. The mistake’s name is E.T. Support this show by supporting our sponsors! Wix - Create your very own professional website today at wix.com The Great Courses - Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/AI for a special FREE MONTH TRIAL to The Great Courses Plus.
December 6, 2018
In the 1960s a group of scientists and engineers had a vision: that one day people could put on a pair of goggles and enter a whole new world. Support this show by supporting our sponsors! Wix - Create your very own professional website today at wix.com Simplisafe - Protect your home and family today at simplisafe.com/innovations
November 29, 2018
An interview with Josh Clark, co-host of the “Stuff You Should Know” podcast. Josh has a new show called “The End of the World with Josh Clark” that looks at those big existential questions we humans can’t seem to settle: Are we alone in the universe? Where did we come from? And, what’s next for us? Support this show by supporting our sponsors! The Great Courses - Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/AI for a special FREE TRIAL to The Great Courses Plus. The Art of Shaving - The perfect shave is here. Get 15% off your first order by using the promo code "AI" at checkout online or in the store. Wix - Create your very own professional website today at wix.com
November 22, 2018
As Horace Wells’ life went from bad to worse, William Morton was handed a golden opportunity. At stake was scientific pride and a lot of money. But who will triumph? Support this show by supporting our sponsors! Wix - Create your very own professional website today at wix.com The Great Courses - Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/AI for a special FREE TRIAL to The Great Courses Plus.
November 15, 2018
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. Support us by supporting our sponsors! The Great Courses - Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/AI for a special FREE TRIAL to The Great Courses Plus. Wix - Create your very own professional website today at wix.com
November 8, 2018
For decades, Americans resigned themselves to gritting their teeth through the agony of surgery. And then along came an eminent surgeon, a charming swindler and his hapless mark and changed everything. Support this show by supporting our sponsors! Wix - Create your very own professional website today at wix.com Simplisafe - Protect your home and family today at simplisafe.com/innovations
November 1, 2018
The polio vaccine may have wiped out the disease in the United States, but the struggle to eradicate it continues around the world. Dr. Rosamund Lewis is an expert in immunization and helps lead the World Health Organization’s initiative for polio eradication. You're supporting this show by supporting our sponsors! The Great Courses - Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/AI for a special FREE TRIAL to The Great Courses Plus. Wix - Create your very own professional website today at wix.com
October 25, 2018
In 1955, the world received its first viable polio vaccine, courtesy of Jonas Salk. He was hailed as a hero until kids started to fall sick with polio. A bad batch of vaccines was thought to be to blame. But the panic But it was also an opening for a scientist with a competing vision. Albert Sabin warned of the dangers of Salk’s vaccine from the start. The final clash between the two vaccines, and the two scientists, is the true story of how polio was conquered. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Wix - Create your very own professional website today at wix.com Simplisafe - Proetct your home and family today at simplisafe.com/innovatios Linkedin Marketing Solutions - Get a free $100 ad credit when you visit them at linkedin.com/ai
October 18, 2018
Pressure mounts and so does the realization that the fight against polio will be a risky one with enormous consequences for failure. Vaccines contain benign samples of the viruses they’re designed to protect against. If a flawed polio vaccine is tested on humans, many could get sick. American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter. Try it for free by visitingZipRecruiter.com/AI.
October 11, 2018
By the middle of the last century Americans lived in fear of one disease: polio. The story of the polio vaccine is not just a scientific story- it’s a political and financial one, too. One that would pave the way for medical research fundraising campaigns that followed.   American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter. Try it for free by visiting ZipRecruiter.com/AI.
October 4, 2018
An interview with the Grandmaster himself: Garry Kasparov. In 1985, he earned international fame when he became the youngest world chess champion at just 22-years-old. He went on to defend his title for more than a decade. But it’s his 6-game match against IBM’s supercomputer “Deep Blue” in 1997 that will be remembered as a defining moment in the history of chess -- and artificial intelligence. American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter. Try it for free at ZipRecruiter.com/AI Other sponsors include: Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.com Simplisafe- Protect your home and family today by visiting Simplisafe.com/innovations
September 27, 2018
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. Written by Steven Johnson American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter. Try it for free at ZipRecruiter.com/AI Other sponsors include: Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.com Sunbasket - Get $35 off your first order at sunbasket.com/AI
September 20, 2018
A leap in the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence causes concern about the dangers ahead.   Written by Tom Simonite American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter. Try it for free at ZipRecruiter.com/AI Other sponsors include: Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.com Sunbasket - Get $35 off your first order at sunbasket.com/AI
September 13, 2018
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. American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter. Try it for free at ZipRecruiter.com/AI Other sponsors include: Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.com
September 6, 2018
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 very human meltdown and a computer that hallucinates. American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter. Try it for free at ZipRecruiter.com/AI Other sponsors include: Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.com
August 30, 2018
Artificial Intelligence is no longer the stuff of science fiction. And it’s about to get much more powerful: machines that can reason, create, predict the future, even dream. AI is likely to be one of the most transformative technologies of the 21st-century. This is the first in our four-episode series about the rise of artificial intelligence and humanity's quest to breathe intellectual life into computers. In this episode, we're going to meet the mavericks who first dreamed of a world where machines capable of being smarter than the people who created them. And what better way for smart machines and their creators to face off in a battle of wits -- than by playing chess? Pre-order Steven Johnson’s new book Farsighted now before it is released on September 4th. American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter. Try it for free at ZipRecruiter.com/AI Other sponsors include: Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.com Simplisafe- Protect your home and family today by visiting Simplisafe.com/innovations
July 26, 2018
Nuclear Energy is a story that’s included a cursed plutonium core, runaway reactors, a magic neutron wand and Charlie Chaplin. We've also heard about the missteps. Fake nuclear fusion plants and some overoptimistic claims about cold fusion. In this episode, we're talking to someone who actually helped investigate that last claim. James Mahaffee, an author, nuclear science historian, and a senior research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter. Try it for free at ZipRecruiter.com/AI Other sponsors include: Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.com
July 19, 2018
This series has taken us from Albert Einstein in the Swiss Patent office to the bombing of Japan, from the monster movies of the 1960s to nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island. Nuclear energy fell rapidly out of fashion, and to many it seemed like the atomic age is coming to a close. Except maybe it’s not. Because right now there are multi-billion dollar projects underway to turn atoms into energy again - this time through the power of nuclear fusion. Welcome to your future. American Innovations is presented by ZipRecruiter. Try it for free at ZipRecruiter.com/AI Other sponsors include: Wix - Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, industry-leading SEO, and advanced code capabilities at Wix.com Casper - Get $50 toward select mattresses by going to Casper.com/AI
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