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When people talk about the Singularity, what do they mean? How far off might it be? Or is it even a realistic notion at all? We look at the arguments for and against the idea.

Is Autonomous The Way To Go?

Concluding our episodes on driverless cars is a look into the arguments for and against the technology. Does it make sense? Is it ready? What are the different levels of autonomy and how far along are we?

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Goes to RAMing Speed

What is RAM? Why do computers need RAM? How is RAM different from ROM? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris take a closer look at the nuts and bolts of RAM.

Driverless Cars from 2007 to Today

In the wake of the 2007 Urban Challenge, several companies began to pour some serious money and effort into developing driverless car technology that could roll out onto real-world roads. From Google to Uber, we take a look at some of those projects.

The 2007 Urban Challenge

How did the 2007 Urban Challenge differ from the two earlier DARPA Grand Challenges? And how did that set the stage for where autonomous cars would go next?

The DARPA Grand Challenges

In the mid 2000s, the Department of Defense R&D agency DARPA sponsored competitions in an effort to kickstart autonomous car technology. This is the story of the 2004 and 2005 challenges.

Driverless Cars: The Early Concepts

Wouldn't it be awesome if your car took you where you needed to go without you having to touch the wheel? In this episode, we look at the history behind the driverless car concept.

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks for Abandonware

What is abandonware? Can you acquire abandonware legally? What does copyright law have to do with abandonware? In this episode, Jonathan and Chris break down the basics of abandonware, how it occurs and what it means for software users.

Time After Time Travel

If there were a time traveler among us, how would we know? Jonathan takes a look at various strategies to catch that pesky time traveler who may be meddling with your life.

TechStuff Visits Mars

There's no doubt about it: Mars is trying to kill you. It's just not very good at ranged attacks. But get close enough? BAM! What challenges will we have to overcome if we ever visit Mars?

InSight into Mars

On November 26, 2018, NASA engineers and scientists celebrated upon receiving confirmation that the Martian lander InSight had touched down successfully. What does InSight do and what will it tell us about the Red Planet?

TechStuff Enters the Wasteland

Where did the Fallout series of games come from and how have they evolved? From its origins as a game engine experiment from Interplay to the newly released online game Fallout 76, we take a look at this popular franchise.

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff withdraws from an ATM

Who invented the automated teller machine? How do ATMs keep track of your money? What is an ATM skimmer? Join Chris and Jonathan as they take a deeper look at the past and present tech of ATMs.

TechStuff Gets Scooting

It seems like electric scooters are everywhere and dockless scooter businesses are becoming the next big thing. Where did these companies come from and why have some cities pushed back?

TCP and its History

We look at the history of the Transmission Control Protocol and why the next version of HTTP won't be relying upon it. What does TCP do and how does it work?

Is E3 Still Relevant?

In mid November, 2018, Sony dropped a bombshell - the company would not attend the 2019 E3 conference. Has the video game trade show outlived its usefulness?

Heigh-Ho Hydrogen

Hydrogen is the most plentiful substance in the universe. Could it also be the fuel of the future? In this episode, we look at the challenges and opportunities related to a hydrogen economy.

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Looks at Night Vision

What are the two main types of night vision? How can you see heat? Why do some night vision systems only display in monochromatic green? Join Jonathan and Chris as they explore the tech behind night vision.

Facebook's Accountability Problem

A piece in the New York Times examined how Facebook navigated a tricky situation through questionable strategies in the wake of multiple scandals. What did the journalists find out and how has Facebook responded?

The History of Cyber Monday

What is Black Friday, and how did it spawn Cyber Monday? From business trends to marketing schemes, we take a look at the history of holiday shopping online.