Author Archives: GilPress

About GilPress

I launched the Big Data conversation; writing, research, marketing services; &

“Silicon Valley” First Appeared in Print on January 10, 1971

“It was only by a quirk of fate, however, coupled by lack of management foresight, that Boston failed to become the major semiconductor center San Francisco is today.” Don Hoefler, “Silicon Valley, USA,” Electronic News, January 11, 1971 Source: Computer … Continue reading

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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

  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

  Source: Derby Railway Station

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

Originally posted on flycz:
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…

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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…

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Kids React to Old Computers (Video)

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The History of Typewriter Art

  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 … Continue reading

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The trouble with predictions: we know where we want to go but futurists don’t know how to get there

From the Pew Research Center: More than 30 years ago, the Institute for the Future, a Silicon Valley think tank, produced a book-length report on the development and potential impacts of electronic information technologies. What’s impressive is how much the … Continue reading

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History of Typography (Video)

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