You drive your car, travel by plane, listen to music, read about the Mars Rover. And none of it would be possible without the constant evolution of test technologies. In this series, we'll connect you to tech leaders discussing some of the biggest challenges facing society today and in the future.
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Episode 4: Testing…1,2,3—5G Is Not For You
June 4, 2021 | 26 min audio
We know 5G as this super fast wireless network that some experts say will drive innovation in manufacturing, transportation, and other industries that might not even exist yet. There is a lot of hope for 5G and testing will play a critical role in getting it into our lives. This week, we explore the role testing plays in this 5G with Clarke Ryan, Senior Director of Product Development from Spirent, and Alexandra Hussenot, Founder of Immersionn.
Episode 3: Testing…1,2,3—How to Lose $50M in 50 Seconds
May 21, 2021 | 22 min audio
When you are bound for the moon, there are thousands of “glad we tested this” moments during all stages of space flight. If not, you’ve got some trouble. From NASA’s early days to the modern era, space exploration has led to some of the most spectacular and public test failures. This episode focuses on NASA’s rocket test of the mid 20st century, discusses the importance of Sputnik’s launch, new recent developments in private space travel, and why inclusiveness in space travel is still very much an issue.
Episode 2: Testing…1,2,3—Where Is My Self-Driving Car?
May 7, 2021 | 19 min audio
Most of us dream of a world where we can take a nap on our commute, but do so with the guarantee of safety, security, and peace of mind. The revolution will be driverless, but there is still much to learn about self-driving cars and the technology behind testing them that we need to know. In this episode, we welcome two experts that can help us understand how close we are to self-driving cars being a thing we see every day on our roads, and what challenges and barriers are holding us back.
Episode 1: Testing…1,2,3—How We Got Here
April 20, 2021 | 23 min audio
This episode illustrates the importance of test through legendary examples of failure—the sinking of the Titanic, the Hindenburg disaster, and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Our first guest, Melanie Cragnolin, discusses the negligence of each disaster and what could have been done to prevent them. The conversation then shifts to the value of test in aviation with former test pilot Chris Solan.