The Secret History of the Future
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Change your perception of the past and you'll discover the secret history of the future. From the world's first cyber attack in 1834, to 19th century virtual reality, The Economist's Tom Standage and Slate's Seth Stevenson examine the ancient ingenuity that our modern digital technology can learn from, and expose age-old weaknesses that we are already on a course to repeat. Only by discovering what time has to offer can we really learn about ourselves.
||07: A Clock in the Sky||In 1714, British parliament offered a huge cash prize to anyone who could find a way to determine longitude at sea. And it worked, sort of ... several decades later. Are modern contests (DARPA challenges, the X Prize) offering riches and glory an effective way to spur technological innovation? Guests include: Dava Sobel, author of Longitude.This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Trailblazers, a podcast series from Dell and Walter Isaacson.Merrill Lynch. Get started today at ML.com/you.American Express. Don’t do business without it.||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||06: From Zero to Selfie||In 1969, an anthropologist introduced photographs and films to people in Papua New Guinea who’d never seen themselves represented in media before. It changed their conception of the world. In modern society, social media floods us with imagery at a pace we’ve never encountered before, and powerful video manipulation technology threatens to blur the line between real and fake. Are we the new Papuans, about to be overwhelmed by a wholesale media shift? Guests include: Nathan Jurgenson, Snapchat’s in-house sociologist; Hany Farid, Dartmouth computer science professor.This episode is brought to you by Trailblazers, a podcast series from Dell and Walter Isaacson.||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||05: Human Insecurity||The French telegraph system was hacked in 1834 by a pair of thieves who stole financial market information -- effectively conducting the world’s first cyber attack. What does the incident teach us about network vulnerabilities, human weakness, and modern-day security? Guests include: Bruce Schneier, security expert.This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: The New Yorker, get 12 issues for $6 and a free tote bag when you go to newyorker.com/secret. Intel Optane Memory, learn more about the speed and responsiveness of Optane at intel.com/youcould.||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||04: The Fault In Our Cars||The first pedestrian killed by a car in the western hemisphere was on New York’s Upper West Side in 1899. One newspaper warned that “the automobile has tasted blood.” Today, driverless cars present their own mix of technological promise and potential danger. Can the reaction to that 1899 pedestrian tragedy help us navigate current arguments about safety, blame, commerce, and public space? Guests include: Missy Cummings, Navy fighter pilot and head of the Duke Humans and Autonomy Lab.This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Comcast Business, go beyond fast. American Express, don’t live life without it.||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||03: Fork Fashions and Toilet Trends||It took a long time for the fork to go from weird curiosity to ubiquitous tool. How long will it take for current technologies -- like the Japanese-style bidet toilet, or heads-up displays such as Google Glass -- to go from oddities to everyday necessities? Guests include: Astro Teller, Google’s Captain of Moonshots; Margaret Visser, author of The Rituals of Dinner.This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: Comcast Business, go beyond fast. American Express, don’t live life without it.||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||02: The Body Electric||We’ve used electricity to treat our brains for thousands of years, from placing electric fish on our heads to cure migraines to using electroconvulsive therapy to alleviate depression. But over time, our focus has shifted from restoring health to augmenting our abilities. Should we be wearing battery-powered caps to improve our concentration, or implanting electricity-emitting devices to expand our thinking capacity? Guests include: Brian Johnson, CEO of Kernel.This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: SurveyMonkey, the world’s leading survey platform. Visit surveymonkey.com/future to create your survey today. Comcast Business, go beyond fast. American Express, don’t live life without it.||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||01: The Box That A.I. Lives In||In the 18th century, a device called the Mechanical Turk convinced Europeans that a robot could play winning chess. But there was a trick. It’s a trick that companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook still pull on us today. Guests include: Jaron Lanier, futurist. Luis von Ahn, founder of CAPTCHA and Duolingo.This episode is brought to you by the following advertisers: SurveyMonkey, the world’s leading survey platform. Visit surveymonkey.com/future to create your survey today. Comcast Business, go beyond fast. American Express, don’t live life without it.||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Season 1 Trailer||Examine the history of tech to uncover stories that help us illuminate the present and predict the future.||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Secret history is awesome.
This shows first episode was sooo good
Past is Prologue
It reminds me of that old show “Connections.”
Love this show
First episode is so great; can't wait to hear more.