Claude Shannon and the Invention of Digital

The Man Who Turned Paper Into Pixels from Delve on Vimeo.

 

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The Internet is Coming to NPR

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Source: “If We’d Only Known About The Impending Spam

HT: “Dawn of the Web: an oral history

 

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The Uses of the Telegraph

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Source: Derby Railway Station

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The Internet of Things is coming – Philip K. Dick, 1969

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Philip K. Dick, Ubik (1969):

Back in the kitchen he fished in his various pockets for a dime, and, with it, started up the coffeepot. Sniffing the — to him — very unusual smell, he again consulted his watch, saw that fifteen minutes had passed; he therefore vigorously strode to the apt door, turned the knob and pulled on the release bolt.

The door refused to open. It said, ‘Five cents, please.’

He searched his pockets. No more coins; nothing. ‘I’ll pay you tomorrow,’ he told the door. Again he tried the knob. Again it remained locked tight. ‘What I pay you ,’ he informed it, ‘is in the nature of a gratuity; I don’t have to pay you.’

‘I think otherwise,’ the door said. ‘Look in the purchase contract you signed when you bought this conapt.’

In his desk drawer he found the contract; since signing it he had…

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The Internet of Things is coming — Woody Allen, 1968

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Woody Allen, “Mechanical Objects”, San Francisco, August 1968:

About three years ago I couldn’t stand it anymore. I was home one night. I called a meeting with my posessions. I got everything I owned into the living room. My toaster, my clock, my blender. They never been in the living room before. And I spoke to them. I opened with a joke. And then I said “I know what’s going on, and cut it out!” I have a sun lamp, but as I sit under it, it rains on me. And I spoke to each appliance, I was really articulate. Then I put them back, and I felt good. Two nights later I’m watching my portable television set, and the set begins to jump up and down, and I go up to it. And I always talk before I hit, and I said “I thought we had discussed this…

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Kids React to Old Computers (Video)

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The History of Typewriter Art

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Flora F.F. Stacey, an English stenographer, had been experimenting with “art-typing” for several years before her 1898 butterfly drawing catapulted her into international fame. The first edition of Pitman’s Typewriter Manual, published in 1893, included several examples of typed ornaments that a typewriter operator could use to embellish his or her work. Though Stacey may have well produced more typewriter art before her famous butterfly, none of it is preserved and the anonymous plate from the 1893 manual is now considered the first recorded example of “art-typing.”

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Source: Barrie Tullett, Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthologydiscussed in Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings

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