Author Archives: GilPress

About GilPress

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

The Bulletin Board System

IEEE Spectrum: For millions of people around the globe, the Internet is a simple fact of life. We take for granted the invisible network that enables us to communicate, navigate, investigate, flirt, shop, and play. Early on, this network-of-networks connected … Continue reading

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H.G. Wells on the Future

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Tesla on the World Brain

In 1904, Tesla, determined to see his idea come to fruition, wrote with absolute certainty that “when wireless is fully applied, the earth will be converted into a huge brain, capable of response in every one of its parts.” Source: … Continue reading

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Self-Driving Cars Just Around the Corner: 1958, 1969 and 2016

IEEE Spectrum: (also here and here) In the late 1950s, the Radio Corporation of America thought it had a lock on the self-driving car. The January 1958 issue of Electronic Age, RCA’s quarterly magazine, featured its vision of the “highway … Continue reading

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The Surprising Story of the First Microprocessors

  You thought it started with the Intel 4004, but the tale is more complicated By Ken Shirriff Posted 30 Aug 2016 Transistors, the electronic amplifiers and switches found at the heart of everything from pocket radios to warehouse-size supercomputers, … Continue reading

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The Web Goes Public, First Email From Space, Grace Murray Hopper and COBOL

August 1, 1967 The US Navy recalls Grace Murray Hopper to active duty. From 1967 to 1977, Hopper served as the director of the Navy Programming Languages Group in the Navy’s Office of Information Systems Planning and was promoted to … Continue reading

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The Eighth Wonder of the World

July 27, 1866 The Atlantic Cable is successfully completed. The first working cable, completed in 1858, failed within a few weeks. Before it did, however, it prompted the biggest parade New York had ever seen and accolades that described the … Continue reading

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