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.
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?
One writer wondered if cows' milk was the key to human longevity.
One columnist wondered whether democracy was nimble enough to compete with tyranny.