We tell the unexpected stories of digital disruption. Listen in as Walter Isaacson, digital revolution expert, explores the unknown drama behind some of the world’s biggest digital disruptions, the daring trailblazers willing to think differently, and the lessons learned along the way. Brought to you by Dell Technologies.
Tattoos: Innovation in Ink
Though evidence of tattooing exists worldwide in the remains of many Indigenous cultures, it was only in about the 18th century when sailors brought tattoos to Europe. The practice spread as sailors who learned to tattoo on ships began to open storefronts on land.
Now, tattoos have sailed into the mainstream thanks to the efforts of many. Tattooists aren’t just visionary artists, they’re innovators who seized opportunities to further their craft through technology, advanced sanitation practices and the development of new colors and safer pigments. Now, social media both inspires artists and provides them with platforms to share their work with clients and the world. But beyond being wearable art, tattoos could give us the opportunity to monitor health conditions through biosensors in the skin. Needleless tattoos could even be a possibility. The ink hasn’t dried on the future of this artform. Hear why on this episode of Trailblazers.
Featuring Chuck Eldridge, Shanghai Kate, Omar Fame Gonzalez, David Fernandez Rivas and Katia Vega.
Sports Officiating: Changing The Game
Video replay, tracking technology and new software in sports have the power to make calls quickly, eliminate arguments between players and officials and add speed and excitement back into centuries-old games.
As officiating technology continues to evolve, professional leagues and officials weigh the potential for improvement and accuracy with the spirit of the game. Is this a competition between humans and tech—or are they on the same team? Listen to find out.
Featuring Tom Webb, Howard Webb, Paul Hawkins, Morgan Sword and Steve Javie.
Festivals: Amped Up Experiences
Over four days in 1969, more than half a million people gathered on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York for what would become known as one of the most legendary music festivals of all time—Woodstock.
Though festivals had been celebrated since antiquity, Woodstock helped cement the music festival as an important part of North American culture and a thriving industry. Hear how new ideas, technology and design have transformed festivals into the immersive experiences they are today while providing spaces for human belonging and community.
Featuring Joel Rosenman, Gina Arnold, Christian McBride, Stephen Lieberman and Dede Flemming.
Retirement: A New Way of Living
Until the middle of the 20th century, most American workers didn’t have the opportunity to plan for a long and fruitful retirement. But as life expectancy increased, government and employer policies changed and retirement communities developed, retirement at age 65 became another ritual of American life.
Now as Americans live even longer, healthier lives, senior citizens are revolutionizing this facet of modern existence. Some choose to work into their 70s while others pursue new activities and learning opportunities. Though change might bring challenges as more seniors stay in the workforce, new ways of thinking around age and new technologies offer different approaches to community and connection. Join Walter Isaacson and guests as they rethink life after 65.
Featuring Andy Achenbaum, Joe Coughlin, Chip Conley, Katie McCamant and Dor Skuler.
Emergency Response: The Science of How We Deal with Disasters
Since ancient times, humans have balanced the risks of settling in hazardous places with the benefits of the resources and opportunities they provide. Though we’ve created thriving communities all over the world, we’re still threatened by floods, fires, earthquakes and more. Thanks to climate change, these risks are expected to increase over time.
Over the centuries, many individuals and organizations responded to disaster with innovation. They changed how we build our cities, how we equip first responders and even how we predict disasters. Our approaches to emergency response evolve with information and ideas that help us save lives and prepare for what’s next.
Join host Walter Isaacson and guests as they uncover what forces led to today’s emergency response methods and what drives the innovations of tomorrow on this episode of Trailblazers.
Featuring Matthew Hannaford, Craig Fugate, Ahmad Wani, Robin Murphy and Sam Cossman.
Running: Making Strides
Many believe humans were born to run. It’s our evolutionary advantage over other mammals. But were we really meant to run over 25 miles in a single race? Though the modern marathon got its start in 1896, almost a century passed before long distance running really took off in the mainstream. It took athletes willing to push their bodies to the limit, defy the conventions of the day and standardize racecourses to help running reach its stride.
Now with over a million people running marathons each year, researchers, athletic wear companies and elite runners are looking for new ways to break records and run longer and faster with fewer injuries. In the race to the future of sport, how will technology and data impact the next generation of runners?
Find out on this episode of Trailblazers. Featuring Roger Robinson, Jos Hermens, Gary Corbitt, Kathrine Switzer, Wouter Hoogkamer and Reed Ferber.
Trailblazers should do an episode on technology hacking history and how it’s evolved.
Superb and Informative
Par none this is the best Podcast ever. I learned a lot. As I listen to this podcast before going to bed every night I appreciate the cool voice of Walter Isaacson's story telling and well connected research to give a full picture. the music level is not very loud either as some podcasts do to disrupt our sleep. Thank you!
P.S where does this man find the time to do all that he does. 🙏
I listen to many podcasts about business history and product development. I recently found this and am learning even more and having fun listening.