Tom Standage
Tom Standage

Tom Standage is deputy editor of the Economist. He studied engineering and computer science at Oxford University and has written for other publications including the New York Times, the Guardian, and Wired.

Secret History of the Future
Nov. 7 2018 7:48 AMInfinite ScrollTables of contents, indexes, and encyclopedias were invented to let us keep up with a deluge of information. What new inventions can help us today?
Secret History of the Future
Oct. 24 2018 6:02 AMVR or It Didn’t HappenThe Victorians used plaster casts to preserve important artifacts in 3D. Can virtual reality do the same for us?
Secret History of the Future
Oct. 10 2018 8:30 AMFrom Zero to SelfieWhat happens the first time people see themselves in photos?
Secret History of the Future
Sept. 26 2018 6:00 AMThe Fault in Our CarsWhat can the advent of horseless carriages a century ago tell us about our driverless future?
Secret History of the Future
Sept. 12 2018 4:00 AMThe Body ElectricEver since the Romans put electrogenic fish on their heads to cure migraines, we’ve wondered what electric shocks can do to our brains.
Secret History of the Future
Oct. 31 2018 6:02 AMA Little Less ConversationSome people thought the trans-Atlantic cable would bring world peace. It didn’t.
Secret History of the Future
Oct. 17 2018 12:02 PMA 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?
Secret History of the Future
Oct. 3 2018 6:00 AMHuman InsecurityThe French telegraph system was hacked in 1834. What does the incident teach us about modern-day network security?
Secret History of the Future
Sept. 19 2018 6:01 AMFork Fashions and Toilet TrendsIt took a long time for the fork to go from oddity to ubiquity. What does that say about Google Glass?
Secret History of the Future
Sept. 5 2018 6:02 AMThe Box That AI Lives InHow could an 18th-century robot win at chess? By using a trick that big tech firms still pull on us today.