Social Media: Keeping Up with Communities
Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson
by Dell Technologies
1w ago
Since the 1970s, people have been using digital tech to share information and connect with others. As times changed and more people gained access to computers and the internet, social networking technology changed too. Now, social networking has been replaced with social media and networks with large corporate platforms.  Despite the ubiquity of these platforms, some of their earliest employees are creating new decentralized, open-sourced networks in an effort to bring the humanity back to social media. As the big platforms face new challenges, the future of social media is still being wr ..read more
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Ice Cream: Innovation on Ice
Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson
by Dell Technologies
3w ago
Throughout the world and throughout history, you can find evidence of cultures enjoying cold desserts—precursors to the ice cream we love today. The desire to keep food cold led to the creation of European wine slushies in 1558 and to the transportation of ice from New England to the Caribbean in 1806.  Soon enough, advances in production, serving and shipping methods made ice cream popular and more readily available throughout the United States.  Through Prohibition, war and beyond, enterprising people continued to innovate with new flavors, mix-ins and ice cream making machines. No ..read more
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Nutrition: A Recipe For Good Health
Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson
by tim spector, Dariush Mozaffarian, Marion Nestle, T. Colin Campbell, Lee Chae
1M ago
In 1753 a Scottish doctor named James Lind published Treatise of the Scurvy where he named oranges and lemons as cures for the disease. However, it wasn’t until 1912 when researcher Casimir Funk published The Etiology of Deficiency Diseases, introducing the concept of illness as a result of something lacking in the body, a concept unknown during Lind’s initial study of scurvy.   Since then, major vitamins and their health effects were discovered and recommendations for vitamin intake were made. But as we learn more about how certain foods and nutrients interact with the body and even ..read more
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Dentistry: An Oral History of Disruption
Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson
by Dell Technologies
4M ago
Ashes, burnt eggshells, stale toast and chalk. These are just some of the ingredients used to make toothpaste throughout the centuries. And though civilizations have always been concerned with oral hygiene, the methods they used to treat dental problems weren’t always so effective and were often very painful. With the introduction of dental schools in the United States in the 1840s and through the work of pioneering dentists, dentistry became a legitimate medical practice focused more on prevention and repair.  Now, researchers, engineers and business founders are developing new forms of ..read more
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Tattoos: Innovation in Ink
Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson
by Dell Technologies
4M ago
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 pr ..read more
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Sports Officiating: Changing The Game
Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson
by Dell Technologies
5M ago
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. For more on the podcast go to delltechnologies.com ..read more
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Festivals: Amped Up Experiences
Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson
by Dell Technologies
5M ago
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, Christina ..read more
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Retirement: A New Way of Living
Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson
by dell technologies
7M ago
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 ..read more
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Emergency Response: The Science of How We Deal with Disasters
Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson
by Dell Technologies
8M ago
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 evol ..read more
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Running: Making Strides
Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson
by Dell Technologies
8M ago
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 ..read more
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