The fear that our devices are somehow altering our brains might seem exclusively modern. But in 1931, Technology Review published "Machine-Made Minds: The Psychological Effects of Modern Technology," in which John Bakeless explored how machines had transformed the very nature of human thought. Here's what he had to say:
A bioethicist wondered whether fertility technologies might lead to a new and "improved" Homo sapiens.
Qualcomm uses the mechanism that gives color to butterfly wings to make low-power, full-color e-reader displays.
A group led by Harvard academics hopes to compile a library of everything. One forward thinker from 1961 might have asked: What took you so long?
Organovo's 3-D printer creates human tissues that could help speed drug discovery.
One writer wondered if cows' milk was the key to human longevity.
Large sheets made from carbon nanotubes could lead to lighter aircraft and more resilient space probes.
One columnist wondered whether democracy was nimble enough to compete with tyranny.
Better Place's switching stations allow electric cars to swap batteries during long trips.
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One writer bristled at the idea that video games might be corrupting her daughters.