'Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.' -- Arthur C. Clarke. Un-baffle yourself with these informative audiobooks on technology.
A series of four programmes which tells the human stories of some of the computer pioneers in three countries, Britain, America and the Ukraine. Each is a little cameo of social history of the early post-war years half a century ago, from a time when, in the words of one of them, 'everything you did was new, no-one had ever done it before'. No anorak needed to enjoy these programmes!
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The patent system in the USA is so distorted it's now more lucrative for companies known as 'patent trolls' to sue manufacturers rather than actually make anything. The problems so serious that President Obama has got involved - and British companies are targeted if they do business in the US. Rory Cellan-Jones investigates and finds one of the world's biggest trolls in his lair in Dallas. For centuries patents have helped stimulate innovation by rewarding inventors. But in recent years millions of US patents have gone to minor developments often in terms so general they seem to cover whole technologies like podcasting or wi-fi. Producer: Mike Hally. A Square Dog Radio production for BBC Radio 4.
Stephen Fry traces the evolution of the mobile phone, from hefty executive bricks that required a separate briefcase to carry the battery, to the smartphones available today. There are more mobile phones in the world than there are people on the planet. Stephen Fry talks to the backroom boys who made it all possible, and here's how the technology succeeded in ways that the geeks had not necessarily intended.
Rory Cellan-Jones traces the roots of social networking from the counterculture of the 1970s through early bulletin board systems such as California's The Well and the first networks on the World Wide Web, finding out how a geeky hobby became a mass phenomenon. He discovers how Facebook became the world's biggest social network, looks at the sites of the future and asks where the phenomenon is heading.
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