How We Got to Now With Steven Johnson

This new six-part series and book co-created and hosted by best-selling science and technology author Steven Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From, Everything Bad is Good for You), examines the fascinating stories of the unlikely people whose ideas have made our modern world possible. 

The series looks at the little-known stories of the men and women who came up with revolutionary innovations that have had far reaching consequences beyond their original intent and play a role in just about every aspect of our daily lives. The ideas are broken down into six themes that encompass the pillars of modern civilization: Cold, Time, Light, Clean, Glass, and Sound.

Antonio Ortiz

Antonio Ortiz has always been an autodidact with an eclectic array of interests. Fascinated with technology, advertising and culture he has forged a career that combines them all. In 1991 Antonio developed one of the very first websites to market the arts. It was text based, only available to computer scientists, and increased attendance to the Rutgers Arts Center where he had truly begun his professional career. Since then Antonio has been an early adopter and innovator merging technology and marketing with his passion for art, culture and entertainment. For a more in-depth look at those passions, visit