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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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More Space Planes



In this episode, we learn about more recent and proposed space planes. What happens when they transition from experimental aircraft to practical vehicles?

Planes in Spaaaace



What is a space plane and how does it work? From the Space Shuttle to the super secret X-37B, we look at the designs and proposals for reusable spacecraft.

Voting and Technology



Bob Sullivan of the Breach Podcast joins the show to talk about the intersection between tech and voting. Is there a sweet spot? And do voting machines make the process more or less secure?

What was the Enigma machine? What is a cipher? How did the Enigma machine work? Join Chris and Jonathan to learn more about cryptography.

Death of the Amiga



The Amiga computers had a reputation for being incredibly powerful, particularly for video applications. But numerous problems at Commodore meant the system was living on borrowed time. What happened?

The Amiga 500 and Amiga 2000



Following the somewhat disappointing performance of the Amiga 1000, Commodore released two new computers to try and capture both the high-end market and the budget computer customer. We look at these two legendary systems and the politics that interfered with them.

Jay Miner and his team of engineers were hard at work building the components for the Amiga 1000. Meanwhile, Atari and Commodore were maneuvering against each other and putting Amiga in the middle.

The Birth of Amiga



TechStuff listener Matt wanted to know more about the Amiga line of computers. We take a look at how an engineer from Atari took a big leap in order to achieve his goal of building the best home computer of the early 1980s.

Daniel’s a particle physicist who conducts research using the Large Hadron Collider. Jorge’s the cartoonist behind PhD comics, one of the web’s geekiest (and funniest) comics! And with their powers combined, they’re on a mission to Explain the Universe! Join them as they discuss in this episode if science fiction movies get time-travel right and if it will ever be possible.

Reaching space is difficult, and returning safely is even trickier. Luckily for astronauts, Mission Control follows each shuttle launch in minute detail, and they're on standby to tackle any imaginable problem. Tune in to learn more about exploring space.