The 1920s Tabloid Reporter Who Predicted TV Could Kill Newspapers

"What for example could be staler than to-morrow morning's newspaper account of a prize-fight or political convention one has already received over the radio?" wrote one commentator in 1928. Radio was overtaking print as the news medium of the day and some people insisted that newspapers were going to disappear… » 8/04/14 3:30pm 8/04/14 3:30pm

Here's How One Optimistic Parent From 1989 Imagined 2014

Is it cruel to have children when the world is so terrible? That's not a new question. And when a newspaper columnist in Michigan asked it in 1989, he came down on the side of no. The world of the future — the world of 2014, to be exact — was going to be just wonderful enough that having kids was a great idea. Was he… » 6/18/14 4:00pm 6/18/14 4:00pm

Behind the Scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey

The short documentary, 2001 A Space Odyssey: A Look Behind the Future is a fascinating artifact of film history. As the folks at Coudal Partners point out, it might be a little "cornball" at times, but it still serves to give context for thoughts around space exploration from technical experts and artists in the late… » 6/14/14 6:50pm 6/14/14 6:50pm

We're Still Waiting On The Dishwasher Utopia

Today, roughly 75 percent of American households have a dishwasher. But this wonder of modern kitchen science still lags well behind refrigerators and microwaves — which are both over 95 percent. The automatic dishwasher was the high-tech promise of the 1920s. And the 1950s. And the 1970s. So why has the dishwasher… » 4/30/14 4:20pm 4/30/14 4:20pm

The Late Great American Promise of Less Work

Some French companies just banned employees from responding to work emails after work hours. A city in Sweden is trying out a 30-hour work week in earnest. But while the prospect of working less and enjoying more leisure time used to be the great futuristic promise of midcentury America, today it's little more than a… » 4/10/14 3:30pm 4/10/14 3:30pm

The First Time Capsule Tearjerker of 2014

Back in 1966 a woman in North Phoenix, Arizona sealed a time capsule in the wall of her home. Betty Klug, then 33, didn't tell her husband nor her two kids about the capsule. It remained a secret until contractors working on the home recently discovered the time-traveling treasure. Fair warning: If you're not a robot,… » 4/03/14 2:30pm 4/03/14 2:30pm