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:
An improved catalyst could lead to cheaper ways of producing hydrogen from water
Gas-filled microspheres quickly reverse oxygen deprivation
Gold nanoparticles illuminate faint traces of disease
A bioethicist wondered whether fertility technologies might lead to a new and "improved" Homo sapiens.
A mini-magnetometer could inexpensively detect brain injury
Smart headlights could make difficult driving conditions safer
A new chemical process eliminates carbon dioxide emissions from lime production
A unique nanotube material may beat the best sorbents on the market
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?