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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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AI: Friend or Foe?



Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have had a public disagreement about the nature of AI. Who is right? Are the bots on their way to destroy us?

What was the first programming language? Why are they even necessary? Why are there so many different types of programming languages?

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We continue our look at forensic technology. What sort of cutting edge tech do investigators use? And how close is it to Hollywood's version?

We've seen the Hollywood version of forensic scientists, but what sort of tech do real forensics experts rely upon when conducting an investigation? From fingerprints to digital surveillance, we take a look at the tools of the trade. A request by listener Hakeem.

What do sound files do? Why are there so many different kinds of sound files? What's the difference between uncompressed, lossless and lossy formats? Listen in as Jonathan and Chris explain the differences between all those sound files.

The Space Shuttle program in the United States was a story filled with triumph and tragedy. We take a closer look at the technology of the space shuttle, as requested by listener Lim.

Recently, I covered a lot of early spacecraft. But how did we get those darn things into space in the first place? In this episode, I trace the history of rocketry and look at some of the launch vehicles that slipped the bonds of Earth.

We conclude our look at the Apollo space program and climb aboard a Soyuz spacecraft, which are still used to this day.

The Apollo Missions



The Gemini project was a stepping stone to what seemed like an impossible goal - put astronauts on the Moon and return them to Earth safely. The Apollo spacecraft would be the vehicle to take on the challenge. We look at the triumph and tragedy of the early Apollo program.

What is an MMORPG? What was the first MMORPG? Who coined the term MMORPG? Get online with Chris and Jonathan as they explore the massive, multifaceted world of MMORPGs.

From Voskhod to Gemini



We continue our episodes about early spacecraft. This time, we go beyond the Vostok and Mercury missions and take a look at what came next. 

The First Manned Spacecraft



From the Vostok to the Mercury, we take a look at some of the spacecraft responsible for keeping astronauts and cosmonauts safe as they entered the final frontier. And we also take a moment to reflect upon Laika, the first Earth organism to go into orbit.