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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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A history of media technology scares, from the printing press to Facebook

Don’t Touch That Dial! By Vaughan Bell A respected Swiss scientist, Conrad Gessner, might have been the first to raise the alarm about the effects of information overload. In a landmark book, he described how the modern world overwhelmed people … Continue reading

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The VCR Story

Revisiting the VCR’s Origins By Tekla S. Perry Posted 26 Jul 2016 | 19:00 GMT Photo: iStockphoto 1975: The VCR JVC and Sony transformed an ingenious concept pioneered by Ampex into a major industry (The following article was published in … Continue reading

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Birth of Intel and First Robot-Related Death

July 18, 1968 Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore found microprocessor manufacturer NM Electronics in Santa Clara, California. In deciding on a name, Moore and Noyce quickly rejected “Moore Noyce,” homophone for “more noise” – an ill-suited name for an electronics company. Instead they used … Continue reading

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