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American Innovations

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American Innovations

American Innovations

Wondery

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5.0K
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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.

Latest Episodes

Introducing American Innovations

The leaps of mankind, as they happened. Premieres May 10.

2 MIN2018 APR 27
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Introducing American Innovations

Where Are Past Seasons?

Hey American Innovations listeners!You might be wondering what happened to some of our older seasons. We’ve moved them to our new premium service, Wondery+, where you can listen ad-free and get access to more Wondery shows. For a limited time, we’re offering listeners of American Innovations a free week of Wondery+. Just go to wonderyplus.com/AI.

42 MIN2018 MAY 10
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Where Are Past Seasons?

Thinking Machines| Artificial Intelligence

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 atZipRecruiter.com/AI Other sponsors include: Wix- Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, ind...

41 MIN2018 AUG 30
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Thinking Machines| Artificial Intelligence

Thinking Machines| How Do You Make a Computer Blink

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 atZipRecruiter.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 atWix.com

40 MIN2018 SEP 6
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Thinking Machines| How Do You Make a Computer Blink

Thinking Machines | Siri-ous Business

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 atZipRecruiter.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 atWix.com

41 MIN2018 SEP 13
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Thinking Machines | Siri-ous Business

Thinking Machines | I Learn Therefore I Am

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 atZipRecruiter.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 atWix.com Sunbasket - Get $35 off your first order at sunbasket.com/AI

40 MIN2018 SEP 20
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Thinking Machines | I Learn Therefore I Am

Thinking Machines | Passing For Human

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 atZipRecruiter.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 atWix.com Sunbasket -Get $35 off your first order atsunbasket.com/AI

45 MIN2018 SEP 27
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Thinking Machines | Passing For Human

Thinking Machines | Garry Kasparov

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 atZipRecruiter.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 atWix.com Simplisafe- Protect your home and family today by visitingSimplisafe.com/innovations

48 MIN2018 OCT 4
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Thinking Machines | Garry Kasparov

Coca-Cola: The Cocaine Clinician

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

42 MIN2019 FEB 21
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Coca-Cola: The Cocaine Clinician

Coca-Cola: The Perfect Package

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!

42 MIN2019 FEB 28
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Coca-Cola: The Perfect Package

Latest Episodes

Introducing American Innovations

The leaps of mankind, as they happened. Premieres May 10.

2 MIN2018 APR 27
Comments
Introducing American Innovations

Where Are Past Seasons?

Hey American Innovations listeners!You might be wondering what happened to some of our older seasons. We’ve moved them to our new premium service, Wondery+, where you can listen ad-free and get access to more Wondery shows. For a limited time, we’re offering listeners of American Innovations a free week of Wondery+. Just go to wonderyplus.com/AI.

42 MIN2018 MAY 10
Comments
Where Are Past Seasons?

Thinking Machines| Artificial Intelligence

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 atZipRecruiter.com/AI Other sponsors include: Wix- Launch a professional-looking website in no time for your innovative ideas with total design freedom, ind...

41 MIN2018 AUG 30
Comments
Thinking Machines| Artificial Intelligence

Thinking Machines| How Do You Make a Computer Blink

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 atZipRecruiter.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 atWix.com

40 MIN2018 SEP 6
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Thinking Machines| How Do You Make a Computer Blink

Thinking Machines | Siri-ous Business

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 atZipRecruiter.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 atWix.com

41 MIN2018 SEP 13
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Thinking Machines | Siri-ous Business

Thinking Machines | I Learn Therefore I Am

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 atZipRecruiter.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 atWix.com Sunbasket - Get $35 off your first order at sunbasket.com/AI

40 MIN2018 SEP 20
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Thinking Machines | I Learn Therefore I Am

Thinking Machines | Passing For Human

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 atZipRecruiter.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 atWix.com Sunbasket -Get $35 off your first order atsunbasket.com/AI

45 MIN2018 SEP 27
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Thinking Machines | Passing For Human

Thinking Machines | Garry Kasparov

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 atZipRecruiter.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 atWix.com Simplisafe- Protect your home and family today by visitingSimplisafe.com/innovations

48 MIN2018 OCT 4
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Thinking Machines | Garry Kasparov

Coca-Cola: The Cocaine Clinician

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

42 MIN2019 FEB 21
Comments
Coca-Cola: The Cocaine Clinician

Coca-Cola: The Perfect Package

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!

42 MIN2019 FEB 28
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Coca-Cola: The Perfect Package
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