Hackaday Podcast 185: A 2022 Rotary Phone, How AI Imagines Zepplin, Are We Alone in the Universe

This week, Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams and Editor-in-Chief Tom Nardi start by talking about the chip shortage…but not what you think. With a list supposedly breaking down all the electronic components the Russian military is desperate to get their hands on, we can see that hackers aren’t the only ones looking for parts. If you thought getting components was already tricky, imagine if most of the world decided to impose penalties on you.

We’ll also talk about kid-friendly DIY stereoscopic displays, the return of the rotating cell phone, and the use of heat to seal 3D printed parts for vacuum applications. Join us as we marvel at the use of rubber straps as tank treads and ponder an array of AI-created nightmares that are said to represent Hackaday’s editorial team. Finally, we will talk about two emblematic legacies: that of the 3.5-inch floppy disk, and that of astrophysicist Frank Drake.

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