Teaching computers to read was one of the 20th century’s great challenges. At first, the secret to optical character recognition was purpose-built type.
The bulky "Mobile Assistant," which you would wear over your body and face, was meant to edge out laptops, but, perhaps unsurprisingly, they never caught on.
We don't just live in the Golden Age of TV. We live in the Golden Age of TV titles.
Sequoia National Park was established in 1890, at a moment in America not so wildly different from our own. It was an era of intensifying inequality, vulnerability and dislocation.
In August 2016, a woman claimed to have been attacked by a real Pokémon. Her terrifying hallucination reveals the mysterious "twilight zone" between waking and sleep.
We all know Vladimir Putin as the President of the Russian Federation, but how did he get there? And what is his vision for the global order?
A fixation on personal beauty might have been at odds with Soviet ideology, but that didn't stop film stars, politicians and even regular citizens from entering into the secretive world of plastic surgery.
It would certainly make meetings at the UN a lot weirder.
The minidisc is considered by most tech journalists to have been a flop, but that was just in the United States. The product actually spent two decades on the market with over thirty different country producing minidisc devices.
A translation error is pretty much responsible for a generation of science fiction about Mars (which was initially published directly in the mainstream press as science fact).
From around 1984 to 1994, the key/lock mechanism was a strange feature of most PCs — one that ended up being more for peace of mind than a legitimate security feature.
According to a new report, Dick Hickock, a killer who was immortalized in Truman Capote's seminal book, might have written a story of his own
Retro computer cases often had a locking mechanism, complete with a key that came with the machine. But what exactly did these do, where did they come from, ...
The Power Rangers may have saved Earth 839 times — at least once for every episode — but Margaret Loesch saved the Power Rangers.
Dennis James' explains the origins of the glass armonica, a curious contraption inspired by the wet wineglass singing effect.
Can someone who tried to murder a president be rehabilitated?
Agloe was designed by the General Drafting Co. as a copyright trap — and when Rand McNally released a map that featured Agloe, General thought the trap had worked. Except Agloe had somehow come into existence after the original map was made.
The philosophers he influenced set the stage for the technological revolution that remade our world.
Humanity’s first spacewalk seems even crazier 52 years later.
The tale of Science Faction, a company that brought massive laser light shows to venues around the world. They blew a lot of minds along the way.
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