High Tech Heroes

High Tech Heroes was a community access TV show dedicated to showcasing people who have made a substantial technical contribution to the high-tech world. High Tech Heroes could be seen on the community access stations in a number of cities nationwide. High Tech Heroes was produced by Sherwin Gooch and shot in the studio of Access Los Altos.

High Tech Heroes Episode List

High Tech Heroes episodes featured the following people:

Volume 14

Episode 56: John Treichler

Phone Phreak Founder of Applied Signal Technology Dr. John Treichler shows his seminal blue-box and discusses designing the first digital radio.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 55: Joel Kohn

A collection of Humorist Joel Kohn's funniest ComputerMan episodes.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 54: John Cioffi

DSP Engineer and Amati Communications Founder Dr. John Cioffi discusses his 6 Mbps ADSL modem which makes possible the concurrent transmission of multiple movies over existing telephone twisted pair.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 53: Steven Wm Fowkes

Steven Wm Fowkes, "Mr. Smart Drugs," discusses overcoming jet lag, and optimizing brain function via the use of smart drugs.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Volume 13

Episode 52: Forest Baskett

Forest Baskett ran the lab at Stanford University that spun off Sun and MIPS and Silicon Graphics. He was one of the early pioneers of reduced instruction set microprocessor architectures. He is currently Vice-President of Technology at Silicon Graphics, working on parallel processing computers. He discusses the early days of the Stanford lab, and shows a video of how SGI computer graphics helped ESPN during the America's cup.

(Guest Host: Ducky Sherwood)

Episode 51: Jeff Elliott

Jeff Elliott is an author and consultant in the area of user interfaces. He discusses his new book, "Why Is This Damn Thing Is So Hard To Use?" and talks about common pitfalls in user interface design.

(Guest Host: Ducky Sherwood)

Episode 50: John Crawford

John Crawford was the principal architect for the Intel 386, 486, and Pentium. He discusses and explains the evolution of the Intel x86 line of microprocessors.

(Guest Host: Ducky Sherwood)

Episode 49: Roger O'Neill

Roger O'Neill is a biochemist working in the area of carbohydrates. He explains how carbohydrates are a branched structure, which means have a very high physical information density, higher even than DNA. The body uses carbohydrates as locks and keys for cell identification and messaging. O'Neill discusses possible medical applications of carbohydrate knowledge.

(Guest Host: Ducky Sherwood)

Volume 12

Episode 48: Benjamin Chou

Benjamin Chou of NuTek demonstrates and discusses his Macintosh "work-alike".

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 47: Mort Grosser

Mort Grosser has done many things, including writing a book on his experiences as a member of the Gossamer Condor aircraft - the first human-powered aircraft to cross the English Channel. He discusses some of the technical details of the Gossamer Condor and his current work on human nerve crossbar systems.

(Guest Host: Ducky Sherwood)

Episode 46: David Kelley

David Kelley is a professor at Stanford University and founder of IDEO, one of the foremost product design firms in the world. Kelley shows some of the products that IDEO has designed, including the original Macintosh mouse, the Jamminator, and an electric vehicle charging station.

(Guest Host: Ducky Sherwood)

Episode 45: Bob Miner

Bob Miner was the technical co-founder of Oracle, a billion-dollar per year database company. Miner discusses the history of the company and the challenges faced in growing from a two-person company to a multiple- thousands-people company.

(Guest Host: Ducky Sherwood)

Volume 11

Episode 44: Kurt Petersen

Kurt Petersen founded Lucas NovaSensor, a company that makes tiny mechanical devices by using integrated circuit fabrication techniques. He discusses starting the company and gives insight into the mechanics of the very small.

(Guest Host: Ducky Sherwood)

Episode 43: Tom Tengdin

Tom Tengdin was one of the pilots of Alvin, the deep submersible that found the Titanic. He also was the programmer for the craft, and does electrical and programming work for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's deep submersible. Tengdin discusses the constraints that operating at depth puts on the design of vehicles, and the development of MBARI's new reserach submersible.

(Guest Host: Ducky Sherwood)

Episode 42: Randy Ubillos

Randy Ubillos designed, prototyped, and produced Adobe Premiere, a video editor for the Macintosh. Ubillos demonstrates the ease of doing post-production with Premiere and an example of a finished clip.

(Guest Host: Ducky Sherwood)

Episode 41: Larry Yaeger

Larry Yaeger demonstrates PolyWorld, an artificial life simulation, and software that he wrote for the Yerkes primate communications project.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Volume 10

Episode 40: Jim Bowery

Space advocate and CEO of Neural Engines Corporation Jim Bowery explains Paul Kuroc's Plasmak, which is harnessed ball-lighning capable of sustaining controlled fusion for an energy source or interplanetary rocket.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 38&39: Bruce McDiffett

Industrial Light and Magic Alumnus, Architect, Graphics Expert, and Futurist Bruce McDiffit tells on which technologies we should conenctrate to guarantee ourselves a better collective future (2 parts).

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 37: Jef Raskin

Inventor Jef Raskin discusses model airplanes and his inventing the Macintosh computer.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Volume 9

Episode 36: Lippold Haken

Digital Music Engineer Dr. Lippold Haken demonstrates his Playpus music engineering system, tells how to get a free copy of his advanced LIME music editor, and shows the CDC Cyber-emulating Zephyr computers which he built to run the PLATO systems at the heart of NovaNET.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 35: Howard W. Knoebel

Engineering Professor Emeritus Howard W. Knoebel discuesses accidentally discovering the spin-echo effect (which is fundamental to Magnetic Resonance Imaging), shows the gyroscope of his design which is the heart of the inertial navigation systems in nucelar submarines, and demonstrates a sawmill which he designed and built from scratch.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 34: Wally Jansen

Wally Jansen prospects for minerals by loading multi-frequency images (taken by airplanes or sattelites) into a PC and comparing the spectral response to a library of known responses. In this manner, he is able to discover areas likely to hold mineral wealth. He has been very successful with this technique. For example, he has found over one million ounces of gold.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 33: Hud Nordin

Video synthesizer artist Hud Nordin demonstrates his VidSynth video synthesizer and shows videos he made with it.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Volume 8

Episode 32: Paul Baran

World renowned engineer, entrepreneur, and inventor of packet switching Paul Baran discusses technology developped in some of the companies he has started, including Equatorial Communications, Stratacom, Telebit, Metricom, InterFax, and Packet Technologies.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 31: Jim Nichols

Telecommunications Engineer Jim Nichols discusses many of his projects, including the design of AppleTalk and the Telebit MoDem.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 30: Glenn Kowack

CEO of EurOpen Glenn Kowack discusses designing and overseeing the ongoing implementation of the UNIX network in Eastern Europe.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 29: David Krauss

Digital photography expert David Krauss discusses the golden days of the Homebrew Computer Club, and demonstrates the PC-based QFX image processing program on the Western Imaging "Thunderbox".

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Volume 7

Episode 28: Guy Kawasaki

Software evangelist Guy Kawasaki discusses his book, The Macintosh Way, and demonstrates the TouchBase computerized address book.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 27: John Draper

John Draper (aka "Cap'n Crunch") was one of the original "Phone Phreaks", hackers who broke the telephone system's internal codes. He discusses the early days of blue-boxes, Steve Wozniak and the Apple I, and experiences from his recent lecture tour of the Soviet Union.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 26: Todd Rundgren / David Levine

Synthesists Todd Rundgren and David Levine demonstrate their video synthesis artworks Flowfazer and GrokGazer, and Todd Rundgren shows his new Video-Toaster work for rock video, Change Myself.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 25: Philip Rakity

Globe-trotting OSI Standards engineer Philip Rakity describes a patent-pending invention embodied in Apple's MR-DOS minimal real-time multi-processor operating system.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Volume 6

Episode 24: Jean-Louis Gasse

Jean-Louis Gassee, director of Cray Computer and CEO of Be Labs, discusses the past few years, including architecting the Macintosh II coputer and serving on Seymour Cray's board of directors.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 23: Barbara Fox

CEO of SystemSoft Barbara Fox demonstrates her company's best-selling Japanese Macintosh software.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 22: Rick Berg

High Energy Physics at the Stanford Linear Accelerator with Physicist Rick Berg.

Episode 21: Clifford Williams

Clifford Williams demonstrates the Connect, Inc. international gateway, electronic mail, and BBS-like communications system.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Volume 5

Episode 20: Gordon Garb

"Cray Dude" Gordon Garb shows and explains the making of computer animations made with Digital Productions' Cray-1 supercomputer.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 19: Jerry Bauer

Jerry Bauer discusses several startup companies and demonstrates the Quickturn CAE System's ability to instantaneously create testable, working hardware from equations and/or circuit diagrams.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 18: Rick Balocca

Rick Balocca, CEO of startup SuperSoft, demonstrates his PC diagnostic package and discusses being a "Real Entrepreneur".

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 17: Joe Cychosz

Joe Cychosz shows and explains 40 years of technology development from his computer museum.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Volume 4

Episode 16: Craig Barratt

Craig Barratt explains the Resonex Magnetic Resonance Menical Imaging System.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 13-15: Seymour R. Cray

Seymour R. Cray, Chairman of the Board of Cray Computer Corporation, discusses his use of DTL in the design of the 1604 and Cray-3 and describes in detail the architecture of the GaAs-based Cray-3 supercomputer. (3 parts)

Volume 3

Episode 12: Michael Kaplan

Michael Kaplan demonstrates the Stardent real-time graphics supercomputer.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 11: Gavin Miller

Gavin Miller demonstrates computer animation and rendering techniques.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 10: Heinz von Foerster

Internationally renowned cybernetician Professor Heinz von Foerster discusses the possibility of achieving cybernetic immortality via prosthetic brains.

Part 1 and part 2.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 9: Magi Bollock

Video Artist Magi Bollock shows a computer animation she made using Sun MicroSystems' TAAC system.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Volume 2

Episode 8: Ted Brown

Ted Brown of Telebit demonstrates the state-of-the-art Trailblazer PLUS Modem.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 7: Paul Titchener

Digital Signal Processing expert Paul Titchener creates a digital effect by drawing and compiling DSP graphic symbols, then demonstrates the resulting sound-effect by playing some Chuck Berry through it on a unique electric guitar he designed.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 6: Julius O. Smith

Digital Signal Processing engineer Dr. Julius O. Smith and computer musician David Jaffe demonstrate the NeXT computer's built-in sound hardware and software which they designed.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 5: Jim Bowery

Space advocate Jim Bowery shows test firings of rockets built by private industry, and discusses many reasons NASA should be segmented.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Volume 1

Episode 4: Brian Gilchrist

Microwave engineer Dr. Brian Gilchrist describes how electricity will be generated when his soon-to-be launched satellite passes through the Earth's magnetic field while tethered to the Space Shuttle.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 3: Mark Rustad

Superprogrammer Mark Rustad discusses the generation of computer software.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 2: Simon Field

Latter-day Mr. Wizard Simon Field demonstrates many of his science toys.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

Episode 1: Hud Nordin

Video Artist and Computer Engineer Hud Nordin demonstrates his VidSynth video synthesizer.

(Host: Sherwin Gooch)

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    Sherwin Gooch
    Cybernetic Arts
    PO Box 2066
    Sunnyvale, CA 94087
    (408) 248-0377

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