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Do you make, break, and tinker with things? Are you a seeker of unconventional wisdom? Do you think in algorithms? Then welcome to FTFY, also known as Fixed That For You—a show about solving problems with data and algorithms. When we say Fixed That For You, we don’t mean it in that sometimes-snarky, message board way. We’re talking about the unconventional ways that really clever people tackle big problems, small problems, mysterious problems, even weird problems. And we learn about the iterative process behind inventive solutions to those problems, devised by engineers, software developers, computer scientists, and everyday people who are doing incredible things with data. From preventing human stampedes, to building an artificial pancreas, to finding the perfect romantic partner, to tracking down criminal wildlife poachers, and much more, there’s probably an algorithm for that. Hosted by science journalist, Cara Santa Maria.
22 Apr 2019 • 21 mins
Running the New York City Marathon is a major accomplishment for anyone. Now imagine doing it without being able to see. In this episode of 'Fixed That For You,' we follow Simon Wheatcroft—who has been blind since the age of 17—on his quest to run the New York City Marathon. Find out how Simon used data collection to take a massive step forward for the visually impaired around the world. In the race of his life, he battles skyscrapers, metal bridges, and massive crowds, pushing a piece of experimental gadgetry to its breaking point. Find out what happened and whether it can be a massive step forward for visually impaired people around the world. 'Fixed That For You' is an original podcast from Segment. For more on the series go to fixedthatforyou.com. Follow and learn more about Simon’s adventures to see what he’ll tackle next. Learn more about how WearWorks helps the blind and visually impaired navigate into the world. Kevin Yoo is one of the co-founders of WearWorks as well as an industrial designer. Check out some of his other designs here. Take a quick read of this article on the sensational rise of haptic interfaces. Additionally, this short video explains how GPS works. Feeling inspired to do a marathon now? It’s not too late to sign up for the New York City Marathon.