American Innovations

American Innovations

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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.


Radar | Welcome to Tuxedo Park | 1
Jul 2 • 34 min
What technology won WWII? Most people would say the atomic bomb, but the real answer is radar. As a small island country, vulnerable to aerial attacks, England took the lead in developing radar in the 1930s. But the early radar systems were too massive to…
Introducing Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment
Jul 1 • 6 min
When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur Ray was an Oprah-endorsed self-help…
Fighting Coronavirus | Inside the NBA Bubble | 15
Jun 30 • 25 min
Back in March, the NBA pressed pause on its 2019-20 season. Now, the league wants to pick up where it left off – but with Covid-19 rates on the rise, it’s not going to be easy. This week, Kavitha Davidson, host of The Lead, walks us through the NBA’s plan…
Encore: The Polio Vaccine | The Fight Goes On | 3
Jun 25 • 39 min
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 the culprit. But it was also an opening for a scientist with…
Fighting Coronavirus | Forest Fires, Memes, & Covid-19 | 14
Jun 23 • 27 min
Forest fires. Ant colonies. Internet memes. On the surface, they have nothing in common. But, according to network scientist Samuel Scarpino, they’re all complex systems that spread. Sam’s job is to crack the rules underlying their spread, and then apply…
Encore: The Polio Vaccine | Can You Patent The Sun? | 2
Jun 18 • 44 min
Pressure mounts to release a vaccine for polio, but a rushed vaccine could have disastrous results. After all, vaccines contain benign samples of the viruses they’re designed to protect against. If a flawed polio vaccine were to be tested on humans, it…
Wondery Presents: Murder in Hollywoodland
Jun 17 • 4 min
It’s February 2nd 1922, and all of Hollywood is about to wake up and learn that William Desmond Taylor, the most famous film director in town, was murdered in his home last night. The investigation will shine a light on some of Hollywood’s most scandalous…
Fighting Coronavirus | Can We Ditch the Office Forever? | 13
Jun 16 • 26 min
Most CEOs hated the idea of employees working from home. But when the coronavirus hit, they didn’t have a choice. They sent their white-collar workers home before they’d even learned how to mute themselves on Zoom. What happened next surprised everyone.…
Encore: The Polio Vaccine | Marching Toward A Cure | 1
Jun 11 • 34 min
The virus spread invisibly and without warning. Person to person. Through contaminated food, shared possessions, and unwashed hands. Mid-century Americans lived in fear of one disease: polio. But the story of the polio vaccine is not just a scientific…
Fighting Coronavirus | Why Covid-19 Disproportionately Kills Black Americans | 12
Jun 9 • 27 min
There’s a saying in public health circles: “When white America sneezes, black America gets pneumonia.” When the coronavirus hit, health care experts knew that black Americans would be the hardest hit. But the numbers were still shocking. Black people make…
Ferris Wheel | Scott A. Lukas and the History of Theme Parks | 2
Jun 4 • 29 min
George Ferris aspired to build a structure for the 1893 World’s Fair that could rival Paris’s Eiffel Tower. And when the Ferris wheel debuted, newspapers hailed it as the eighth wonder of the world. The grandeur and success of the Ferris wheel paved the…
Fighting Coronavirus | Can Your Smartwatch Detect Covid-19? | 11
Jun 3 • 22 min
These days, watches don’t just tell time. Smartwatches like Apple Watch and Fitbit measure your heart rate, count your steps, and track your sleep schedule. According to Dr. Michael Snyder, they can also tell you when you’re getting sick – and potentially…
Ferris Wheel | Wheel in the Sky | 1
May 28 • 41 min
The 1889 World’s Fair in Paris dazzles attendees with the Eiffel Tower. So, when plans begin for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, the mandate is clear: beat the Tower. America’s architects and engineers compete to win the job – but every proposal they…
Fighting Coronavirus | Stopping the Spread of Bad Information | 10
May 26 • 23 min
According to the World Health Organization, we’re not just in the midst of a pandemic. We’re living through an “infodemic,” where misinformation is more readily available than facts. On this episode, Steven talks to Joan Donovan, who studies…
Enemy of All Mankind | A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History’s First Global Manhunt | 1
May 21 • 36 min
On September 11th, 1695, two ships confronted each other in the middle of the Indian Ocean: one an enormous treasure ship owned by the Grand Mughal of India, and the other a much smaller British pirate ship led by Henry Every. What happened next changed…
Fighting Coronavirus | Will We Remember 2020 A Century From Now? | 9
May 19 • 23 min
While the U.S. has countless WWI memorials, it has almost none dedicated to the 1918 flu pandemic – even though the pandemic claimed six times as many American lives. On this episode, Steven talks to historian Nancy Bristow, author of American Pandemic:…
Chewing Gum | The Champion of Chewers | 2
May 14 • 41 min
It’s the early 1890s and thanks to the adoption of chicle, chewing gum is bigger than ever. But it’s still a niche American habit. Men still shun it in favor of tobacco, and women who chew it in public are frowned upon. But that’s all about to change…
Fighting Coronavirus | We’re More United Than You Think | 8
May 12 • 22 min
Communication and cooperation across our society are as important as they’ve ever been. This week, Steven talks with Andy Slavitt, the former Medicare and Medicaid chief, who has emerged as one of the most effective communicators during this crisis. Andy…
Chewing Gum: Snapping and Stretching | 1
May 7 • 33 min
It’s the mid-1800s and in Maine, John Bacon Curtis is back from clearing the spruce forests with a crazy idea. He’s going to sell ready-to-chew gum. But his bold plan is only the start of what will become a decades-long search for the ideal chew. It’s a…
Fighting Coronavirus: Is Social Distancing Enough? | 7
May 5 • 24 min
If we really want to reopen our economy, we need to do more than just flatten the curve. In the words of Dr. Jim Kim, the former president of the World Bank, we need to “start coming down the mountain.” And to do that, Dr. Kim says there is only one valid…
Fighting Coronavirus: Pandemic DIY | 6
Apr 28 • 25 min
When health care workers began running out of protective equipment, makers around the world powered up their 3D printers and got to work. This week, Steven talks to journalist Clive Thompson about the maker movement, an informal network of sewers,…
Dynamite: Audrey Kurth Cronin on New Technology and Terrorism | 4
Apr 23 • 31 min
Alfred Nobel worked on dynamite in distinctly unglamorous labs, but his ambitions were as grand as his labs were small. He envisioned dynamite transforming cityscapes and connecting rail lines across Europe. When Alfred finally got dynamite right, it did…
Fighting Coronavirus: Are Our Kids Alright? | 5
Apr 21 • 30 min
Let’s face it: we’re worried about our kids. How can we protect their mental health? Should the normal rules around screen time still apply? What will school look like come September? This week, Steven talks with Anya Kamenetz, an education correspondent…
Dynamite: The Merchant of Death is Dead | 3
Apr 16 • 35 min
How did Alfred Nobel, the “Merchant of Death,” go from inventing dynamite to establishing the Nobel Peace Prize? The answer lies in a personal ad, a poorly vetted obituary, and a surprising new use for nitroglycerine.
Fighting Coronavirus: How Can Data Save Lives? | 4
Apr 14 • 28 min
Where are new cases being detected? How many beds are available in local hospitals? What’s the growth rate of ICU admissions? These are some of the most urgent questions in the world right now, and they’re being answered by data pioneers like Dr. John…
Dynamite: The Loneliest Millionaire | 2
Apr 9 • 32 min
Alfred Nobel had solved the critical problem of detonating nitroglycerine reliably, but his efforts to turn his new “blasting oil” into a successful commercial product create new challenges. An explosion in his Stockholm lab leads to personal tragedy, and…
Fighting Coronavirus: When Will the Lockdown End? | 3
Apr 7 • 23 min
Reading the forecast models that track and predict the spread of the coronavirus can feel like a glimpse into the future. And epidemiologists – the scientists behind these models – have suddenly become the most important figures in this fight. Dr. Tara…
Dynamite: The Controlled Explosion | 1
Apr 2 • 34 min
In 1846, an Italian chemist discovered the volatile compound nitroglycerine, the first major breakthrough in creating man-made explosions since the invention of gunpowder a thousand years earlier. But almost everyone who experiments with the compound…
Fighting Coronavirus: How Can We Protect City Life? | 2
Mar 31 • 26 min
When public health is threatened on a mass scale, we have a long history of working together to take on the challenge. On this new weekly series, Steven will speak with experts from the worlds of health and technology about how the current moment compares…
Fighting Coronavirus: Bruce Gellin On How COVID-19 Could Change Vaccine Development | 1
Mar 26 • 25 min
As the first in a series on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Steven Johnson speaks with Dr. Bruce Gellin, president of Global Immunization at the Sabin Vaccine Institute in Washington D.C.. Dr. Gellin is also a former director of the National Vaccine…
Organ Transplant: The Heart Race | 3
Mar 19 • 44 min
In 1967, an unlikely surgeon performs the first human heart transplant – and shocks the world. As others race to replicate his achievement, one surgical team makes a mistake that could spell the end of organ transplants in the United States. Support our…
Organ Transplant: A Matter of Life and Death | 2
Mar 12 • 36 min
By the early 1960s, surgeons have proven that it’s possible to transplant kidneys and lungs. Now, with heart disease still the leading cause of death, they’ve set their sights on performing the first human heart transplant. But first, they’ve got to…
Organ Transplant: The Kidney Twins | 1
Mar 5 • 42 min
A century ago, organ transplants were the stuff of science fiction. But a handful of experimental surgeons believed that transplants were not just possible – they had the potential to save thousands of lives. Then, in 1954, a man agreed to donate his…
Valium: Mother’s Little Helper | 3
Feb 20 • 39 min
Within 10 years of Valium’s introduction, people are starting to realize it’s not quite as harmless as they had been led to believe. Patients are building up a tolerance to it, taking stronger and stronger dosages, and experiencing withdrawal symptoms…
Valium: The House That Leo Built | 2
Feb 13 • 37 min
With Miltown sweeping the nation, pharmaceutical companies around the country want in on the action and vie to create their own versions. At Hoffman La Roche, a brilliant scientist by the name of Leo Sternbach leads the charge. While Roche executives want…
Valium: Miltown Magic | 1
Feb 6 • 39 min
Anxiety. It’s something everyone experiences at some point in their lives, but for centuries doctors had no effective way to treat it. They could send patients on rest cures, order them to do nothing at all, or prescribe barbiturates that depressed the…
Electronic Television: The TVs of The Future | 3
Jan 30 • 27 min
At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, television manufacturer LG debuted a TV set that rolls up like a poster. It’s a far cry from our grandparents wooden boxes with black and white screens and bunny ear antennas. And despite impressive new television…
Electronic Television: A Great Depression And The World’s Fair | 2
Jan 23 • 41 min
While Philo Farnsworth was building gizmos out of a loft in San Francisco, the Radio Corporation of America was already plotting domination of the yet-to-be television industry under the leadership of a man named David Sarnoff. Sarnoff recognized…
Electronic Television: The Picture Radio | 1
Jan 16 • 38 min
The invention of the electronic television was uniquely complicated for its time. So complicated, in fact, that the prevailing narrative is that it couldn’t have been invented by a single person — let alone Philo Farnsworth. After all, some of the most…
The Year in Innovation | 6
Jan 9 • 42 min
It’s a new year and a new decade, and that means a lot of new innovation and tech to look forward to. But, as we wonder what the future has in store, it’s important to look back at the past year and what it has taught us. Author Clive Thompson joins us to…
Kodak Roll Film: Brownie Boom | 3
Dec 12, 2019 • 38 min
After George Eastman cut ties with his chief emulsion-maker-turned-saboteur, Henry Reichenbach, the Kodak company started to falter. Some batches of film literally fell apart on the shelves. Others seemed fine, but yielded blurry, unprintable photos.…
Kodak Roll Film: Kodak Fiends | 2
Dec 5, 2019 • 36 min
George Eastman had made technological breakthroughs and forays into the photography market, but his images still weren’t good enough for professional photographers and the photographic process was still too complicated for recreational photographers.…
Kodak Roll Film | As Convenient as a Pencil | 1
Nov 28, 2019 • 35 min
Today, if we want to take a photo, we unlock our phone, aim, and click. It can be done on a whim, without a second thought. We document everything from new haircuts to latte art, cute cats to baby’s first smile. But prior to the 1900s, photography was the…
The Modern Ambulance | 1
Nov 21, 2019 • 43 min
Today, if you or someone you know experiences a medical emergency, you dial 9-1-1 and a squad of trained medical professionals arrives at your door. But just 55 years ago, that was not the case. Emergency calls were generally dispatched to funeral homes…
Google’s Quantum Breakthrough
Nov 14, 2019 • 30 min
In October, Google announced in a paper in the journal Nature that it built a chip called “Sycamore” that achieved what is known as “quantum supremacy.” It’s being hailed as a massive step forward in the world of quantum computing. Quantum computing’s…
Electric Chair | A Matter of Light and Death | 3
Oct 31, 2019 • 39 min
In the summer of 1888, just as the electric chair controversy was unfolding, Nikola Tesla moved to Pittsburgh to work for George Westinghouse, fulfilling a year-long commitment he made when Westinghouse purchased Tesla’s AC motor patents. The deal would…
Electric Chair | The War Becomes Electric | 2
Oct 24, 2019 • 40 min
After his unceremonious departure from Edison Electric, Nikola Tesla found himself broke and dejected, but more determined than ever to share his alternating current system with the world. And thanks to the help of one man who really believes in his work…
Electric Chair | War of the Currents | 1
Oct 17, 2019 • 44 min
On August 6, 1890, a prisoner named William Kemmler became the first man executed in the electric chair. It was designed to be a more humane form of execution, but the gruesome scene in the death chamber that day revealed the device to be anything but.…
Skylab: NASA’s Best-Kept Secret| Falling Back to Earth | 3
Oct 10, 2019 • 39 min
The resourcefulness of NASA’s engineers and Skylab’s first crew helped save the space station from near disaster. Now, as the station’s second crew settles into their fifty-nine day mission, another kind of crisis is about to threaten Skylab—one that has…
Skylab: NASA’s Best-Kept Secret| We Fix Anything | 2
Oct 3, 2019 • 39 min
Skylab was NASA’s underdog — a cobbled-together program that lived in the shadow of the Apollo moon landings. But with the last of those moon landings completed in December of 1972, it was finally Skylab’s time to shine. That is, until launch. Now the…
Skylab: NASA’s Best-Kept Secret| Apollo’s Leftovers | 1
Sep 26, 2019 • 39 min
Fifty years ago, America’s space program achieved its greatest triumph, when Apollo Eleven put the first men on the moon. The Apollo program was a remarkable success story. But as NASA was sending men to the moon, they were engaged in another, less…
Sex, Cereal, and Nut Milks - The Complicated Legacy of the Kelloggs | 4
Sep 12, 2019 • 29 min
We conclude our series on Corn Flakes with Howard Markel author of “The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek.” Markel joins us to talk about how he discovered the Kellogg’s story and how their innovations changed the world of medicine,…
Corn Flakes | Kellogg vs Kellogg | 3
Sep 5, 2019 • 39 min
Now that Will has officially left the San, it would seem his days of servitude and humiliation are finally over. But John has no intention of leaving him in peace. As Will forges ahead with his groundbreaking cereal business, John resorts to desperate…
Corn Flakes | Crunch Time | 2
Aug 29, 2019 • 40 min
After missing the chance to buy the rights to Shredded Wheat, the Kellogg brothers are on a quest to make toasted wheat flakes the leader of the breakfast revolution. The cereal they make would change the culinary landscape of the country—and push their…
Corn Flakes | The Brothers of Battle Creek | 1
Aug 22, 2019 • 40 min
For the first 150 years of American history, American citizens were plagued by gastrointestinal issues. Diarrhea, gastritis and dysentery were pretty much a way of life. Indigestion was such an immense problem, the poet Walt Whitman called it “the Great…
The Heimlich Maneuver | 1
Aug 15, 2019 • 43 min
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…
Author Jason Torchinsky Talks Our Autonomous Future | 3
Aug 8, 2019 • 33 min
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…
Innovation Fails: DeLorean | Shifting Gears | 2
Aug 1, 2019 • 42 min
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…
Innovation Fails: DeLorean | Driven to Succeed | 1
Jul 25, 2019 • 40 min
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…
Biologist Timothy Mousseau Can’t Stop Going Back To Chernobyl | 4
Jul 4, 2019 • 26 min
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.…
The Birth Control Pill | Paradise and the Pill | 3
Jun 27, 2019 • 41 min
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…
The Birth Control Pill | A Matter of Money | 2
Jun 20, 2019 • 41 min
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…
The Birth Control Pill | But Can It Be Done? | 1
Jun 13, 2019 • 40 min
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…
Molly Wood: In A Changing Climate, How Can Tech Help Us Survive? | 4
Jun 6, 2019 • 45 min
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…
Star Wars’ Cinema Technology | The Audience is Listening | 3
May 30, 2019 • 40 min
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…
Star Wars’ Cinema Technology | The Saga Continues | 2
May 23, 2019 • 43 min
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…
Star Wars’ Cinema Technology | 6842 Valjean Ave | 1
May 16, 2019 • 43 min
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…
Airplane | Rewriting Aviation History | 3
May 2, 2019 • 40 min
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…
Airplane | Wrights and Wrongs | 2
Apr 25, 2019 • 41 min
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…
Airplane | The Flight of the June Bug | 1
Apr 18, 2019 • 44 min
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…
Jaron Lanier Wants You to Delete Social Media | 5
Apr 11, 2019 • 43 min
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…
XX Factor | Hedy Lamarr | 4
Apr 4, 2019 • 46 min
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…
XX Factor | Margaret Knight | 3
Mar 28, 2019 • 46 min
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…
XX Factor | Madam C.J. Walker | 2
Mar 21, 2019 • 39 min
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…
XX Factor | The Woman Who Put Man on the Moon | 1
Mar 14, 2019 • 40 min
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…
Coca-Cola: The Perfect Package | 2
Feb 28, 2019 • 42 min
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,…
Coca-Cola: The Cocaine Clinician | 1
Feb 21, 2019 • 43 min
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…
Thinking Machines | Garry Kasparov | 6
Oct 4, 2018 • 48 min
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…
Thinking Machines | Passing For Human | 5
Sep 27, 2018 • 45 min
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…
Thinking Machines | I Learn Therefore I Am | 4
Sep 20, 2018 • 40 min
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 -…
Thinking Machines | Siri-ous Business | 3
Sep 13, 2018 • 39 min
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…
Thinking Machines| How Do You Make a Computer Blink | 2
Sep 6, 2018 • 40 min
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…
Thinking Machines| Artificial Intelligence | 1
Aug 30, 2018 • 41 min
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…
Where Are Past Seasons?
May 10, 2018 • 0 min
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…
Introducing American Innovations
Apr 26, 2018 • 2 min
The leaps of mankind, as they happened. Premieres May 10.