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Tables of contents, indexes, and encyclopedias were invented to let us keep up with a deluge of information. What new inventions can help us today?
A Little Less ConversationSome people thought the trans-Atlantic cable would bring world peace. It didn’t.
A Clock in the SkyIn 1714, the British government offered a huge prize for a way to determine longitude at sea. Can prizes spur innovation today?
Human InsecurityThe French telegraph system was hacked in 1834. What does the incident teach us about modern-day network security?
Fork Fashions and Toilet TrendsIt took a long time for the fork to go from oddity to ubiquity. What does that say about Google Glass?
VR or It Didn’t HappenThe Victorians used plaster casts to preserve important artifacts in 3D. Can virtual reality do the same for us?
The Fault in Our CarsWhat can the advent of horseless carriages a century ago tell us about our driverless future?