Author Archives: GilPress

About GilPress

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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

Originally posted on flycz:
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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Mobile Phones in 1959 (Video)

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