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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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What happened to the Philips company during World War II? How did Philips diversify over the decades? What's next for the company?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
An academic publisher says that it will not publish academic papers written by ChatGPT. Futurism uncovers more problems with CNET's use of AI to write articles. India pressures Twitter and Google to censor a BBC documentary. And researchers in Hong Kong show off a cool melting robot!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Diodes are key components in modern electronics, but what are they and what do they do? We take a few minutes to describe diodes and their function.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A business school professor says that ChatGPT passed the final exam needed to earn an MBA. Microsoft announces a commitment to a multi-year, multibillion dollar relationship with OpenAI. And Elon Musk says that Twitter will offer an ad-free subscription level in the future. Plus more!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Story of OpenAI

The Story of OpenAI

2023-01-2401:00:001

With ChatGPT in the news, I thought it was high time we take a look at OpenAI -- the company behind the controversial chatbot. From its founding in 2015 to its shift to a "capped-profit" company, we look at the organization founded with the goal of creating AI that's beneficial for humanity.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Who founded the electronics company Philips? Why did it nearly go bankrupt in less than five years? And who saved it?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Cybersecurity researchers discover that, with a little bullying, they could convince ChatGPT to make some nasty malware. Plus workers in Kenya suffered to make ChatGPT less toxic. Meta faces fines in the EU for WhatsApp. And Microsoft is gearing up for layoffs. Plus more.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Faced with challenging engineering problems, Apple has reportedly shelved its augmented reality glasses project. We look at the history and evolution of AR, and why it's so hard to create a pair of glasses with AR capabilities. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Artists, musicians and even stock photography companies are starting to fire shots at generative artificial intelligence systems. Will we see lawmakers create new legislation that creates a legal framework for generative AI? At what point can you say a machine plagiarized an artistic work? Plus, Meta sues an Israeli company for scraping user data and Google has plans for all those Stadia controllers once the service shuts off tomorrow.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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.
Codebreaker's Ben Johnson joins the show to talk about data tracking. What is it used for? What's the best case scenario? And what happens when it goes wrong?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A corrupt file in the FAA's systems forced all flights in the US to hold, leading to thousands of delays and hundreds of cancellations. Plus, CNET has been using AI to write articles and no one really noticed. Parler laid off about 75% of its staff. And the James Webb Space Telescope finds its first new exoplanet. Plus more!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In 2022, Apple rolled out a self repair service shop. New York state passed a bill meant to give consumers more options when repairing their tech. And John Deere recently signed a memorandum of understanding with farmers loosening repair restrictions. Has the US embraced the Right to Repair? Not quite.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Artificial intelligence is going to be a big topic this year, and we have several stories to prove it. Plus, more about some of the stuff shown off at CES and how a school system is taking social media companies to court.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The world of startups is already a risky one, but it gets even worse when the "move fast and break things" philosophy extends to the law. We cover some examples of startups and VC firms that made headlines for all the wrong reasons.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How did Sputnik change the world? What do satellites do? And what keeps them in orbit?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
From Sony’s electric vehicle to Alienware’s new 500 Hz gaming monitor, we look at a few of the early announcements out of CES. Plus an update on how Meta is facing opposition in the EU, more security experts warn that TikTok is bad news and how companies like Amazon and Salesforce will be downsizing in the new year.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Just like parents, machines just don't understand. At least, not without first compiling data into 0s and 1s. So how can systems like ChatGPT seemingly understand what we want and present results? We take a look at natural language processing and how it can create the illusion of comprehension.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Could the US government issue a ban on TikTok? A landlord sues Twitter for failing to pay rent. Nearly 80% of all new car sales in Norway last year were electric vehicles. Plus much more!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this episode from the distant past of 2021, Jonathan goes over some of the products that companies showed off at the CES trade show that never made it to market.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Comments (62)

philip koekemoer

Elon got rid of 5000 useless employees That is a $1B cut in twitter expense

Jan 29th
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philip koekemoer

" I see things to fit my political narrative"

Dec 22nd
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philip koekemoer

"super hero" because of good intention... Which he lied about https://www.wsj.com/articles/sam-bankman-fried-esg-truth-teller-ftx-cryptocurrency-crash-11668723808

Nov 20th
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philip koekemoer

middle of a pandemic??? maybe you should go out and see that 95% of people are in a world where covid is done

Jul 24th
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baby rock

What is a monetizable bot what does that mean?

Jul 14th
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GunsDontKill

Stop being so thinned skin. the guy said he would allow free speech without threats. The first thing you do is foam at the mouth and leave because of that?

May 23rd
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Thom R

@5:28

May 17th
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philip koekemoer

what a strawman "argument "... leave Twitter because it will be a free for all Be honest, it is because your woke political agenda won't be promoted while any other opinion is demoted (which actively happens) just follow the Constitution and legal precedent

Apr 30th
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GunsDontKill

thanks for your honesty!!

Apr 25th
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philip koekemoer

"horrible company that has people living in factory, given 3 meals and extra monry" zero mention of the dictatorial government that is locking up 400M people without food

Apr 24th
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Liam Koni

Thank you for this.

Jan 24th
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philip koekemoer

raised 1.3B, valued at 9B

Jan 9th
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philip koekemoer

dude seriously, we all know the breakthrough was never supposed to happen.

Jan 1st
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Mos ene

love the show, but way to many "breaks"

Nov 4th
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Coffee Jeannie

#BoycottIBM they have been censoring free speech like China! Big tech China censoring tactics have no place, in America! SHAME on you IBM! IBM is Anti-American & anti-free speech! 👎

Nov 17th
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Linh Nguyen

Loving this episode! Fellow lefty!

Jul 29th
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ID18856732

Disappointed in the quality of communication on behalf IBM. Questions were not answered concisely. This was an opportunity for the speakers to outline how technology can help in health crises like we are currently experiencing with COVID-19. Eg. How it can help identify geographic, racial and socioeconomic disparity in chronic disease, health care and health outcomes. When asked how the average person can help... the IBM speaker circled back to their data and trust monologue but didn’t explain what he means by that and how it translates to the role of the average person. I think he intended to convey that the quality of the information that people provide to their healthcare practitioners determines the level of quality of the data technological companies have the work with in their modelling to ultimately identify potential solutions. He needed to use more plain speak and be clear. Both IBM reps were clearly intelligent and could’ve offered more substantial value add for the audience. I’d love to see this entire interview re-done in a more clear and concise manner. The interviewer tried several times but just couldn’t get straight answers.

Jul 29th
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Coffee Jeannie

Enough! what leftist crap! Trump is a racist!? No longer listening to this podcast. Pushing socialist/leftist lies & propaganda! Barf!

Jul 18th
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Arash Ramian

perfect. i like this episod🤩

Jul 3rd
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TRUE TECH OPINIONS

twitter and facebook,Instagram etc all do the same thing and can also be used for the same thing, but is that what freedom of speech is about?

Mar 30th
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