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.
One writer bristled at the idea that video games might be corrupting her daughters.
Wherein a pair of MIT civil engineers proposed a novel way to lessen our environmental impact.
Warnings about climate change were coming half a century ago.
Questions about the merits of the space shuttle are older than the program itself.
The long-term value of an innovation often doesn't become apparent until it has gone through many product cycles—including buggy versions that annoy early adopters.