Sidedoor: ep. 1 | tech yourself

episode 1

Technology's grip on us: the 4-1-1 on what's behind your selfie; an artist's computer simulation shows humans aren't as unique as we think; and how the invention of standardized time made America tick.

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Cell Phones

Dial into this Smithsonian ScienceHow? episode from the National Museum of Natural History featuring Josh Bell! In the show, Joshua discusses the life cycle of a cellphone and the social implications of the device becoming one of our most intimate possessions

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Video Simulations

Check out this preview of Ian Cheng’s work, “Emissary in the Squat of Gods,” currently on view at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Can’t get enough of contemporary artists like Ian Cheng? Learn more about the artwork on view at the Hirshhorn—and the artists behind them. 

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If you liked listening to Carlene explain the creation of standardized time, you’ll love these digital exhibits that dive even deeper!

On Time: How America Has Learned to Live by the Clock from the National Museum of American History explores the changing ways we have measured, used and thought about time over the past three hundred years.

Now that you understand how time was created and continues to evolve, learn how it impacts navigation of the sea, sky and open road.

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