Ahead of Its Time

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The inventor of facial recognition software was years ahead of the competition but never got credit for his work because it was kept secret by the CIA. The first VR glove was a groundbreaking piece of tech that would eventually become one of the gaming industry's biggest flops. And when Kodak execs were shown an early prototype of the first digital camera, they flat out rejected the idea. In each episode of Ahead of Its Time, you'll explore the forgotten origins of today’s most transformative technology, hear from the people who first imagined it, delve into their past and relive their eureka moments. Join host, podcast producer and queen of tech storytelling Julia Furlan to discover why these inventors struggled to get their ideas off the ground. Then meet the next generation of innovators who are building on the work of the tech underdogs who came before them.

Episode Date
Facial Recognition: How a forgotten AI pioneer, the CIA, and Google Glass are helping the visually impaired
Oct 18, 2022
Electric Cars: The story of L.A. smog, a homemade scooter and the ultimate redemption
Oct 04, 2022
eBooks: A snack run and the Declaration of Independence changed the way we read
Sep 20, 2022
Solar Panels: A flashlight-powered windmill and electrifying the world’s most remote villages
Sep 06, 2022
WiFi & Wireless Comms: A Hollywood starlet’s quest to defeat Hitler led to lightbulbs that transmit the internet
Aug 23, 2022
Cell Phones: The portable police radio and Apple’s secret project that changed the way we communicate
Aug 09, 2022
Digital Cameras: How Kodak’s blunder and the camera on a computer chip could help us see further into space
Jul 26, 2022
VR Gloves: Where air guitar meets a Nintendo flop, meets the future of remote surgery
Jul 12, 2022
Introducing Ahead of Its Time
Apr 25, 2022