The Secret History of the Future


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Journey into the past and you'll discover the secret history of the future. From the world's first cyber-attack in 1834, to 19th-century virtual reality, The Economist's Tom Standage and Slate's Seth Stevenson examine the historical precedents that c...Show More

38:31 | Nov 7th, 2018

The Renaissance scholars couldn’t keep up with new information (“Have you read the latest Erasmus book?” “I don’t have time!”) and needed a better way to organize it. Thus came the invention of tables...Show More

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This was so good. Must listen for anyone who designs software. Goes through history of indexes in books to infinite scroll in apps, endless ...Show More

37:09 | Dec 16th, 2019

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22:52 | Nov 26th, 2019

Hey Secret History of the Future fans! We're excited to introduce you to another show we think you'll like. It's called What Next: TBD, and it's a weekly show about tech, power, and the future. Secret...Show More

42:00 | Sep 4th, 2019

Radio was originally a social medium, as early radio sets (each of which could transmit as well as receive) turned cities into giant chatrooms, populated by Morse Code-tapping enthusiasts. But the exc...Show More

36:41 | Aug 28th, 2019

The first mechanical clocks were made to summon monks to prayer. Ever since, timekeeping technology has often been about control and obligation. But underneath a mountain in Texas, a new kind of clock...Show More
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