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:
Way out in a barren Chilean desert, the biggest telescope ever made is taking shape.
Photographs by Noah Friedman-Rudovsky
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.
Every January, up to 150,000 people swarm the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where they mainly see salesmen and models touting slick gadgets under bright lights. Most visitors miss the surprises that can be found in a plain corner called the “International Gateway,” where manufacturers from Asia display unglamorous components and offbeat items.
Photographs by Gregg Segal
One columnist wondered whether democracy was nimble enough to compete with tyranny.
Bethlehem Steel, once a symbol of American industry, went bankrupt in 2001. These photos help us imagine its glory days.
Photographs by Jeremy Blakeslee
Some of the world’s largest renewable-energy facilities are setting up in the harsh Mojave Desert.
Photographs by Chad Ress
One writer bristled at the idea that video games might be corrupting her daughters.