Category: technology

Hiroshima, Japan, before and after the atom bo…

Hiroshima, Japan, before and after the atom bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945.

(Wikimedia Commons)

Can you speak FORTRAN?

Can you speak FORTRAN?

Robert Tinney cover art for BYTE magazine, Nov…

Robert Tinney cover art for BYTE magazine, November 1979, an issue dedicated to “Fun and Games” on the personal computer.

July 30, 2009 – High above the Earth, a Dual R…

July 30, 2009 – High above the Earth, a Dual RF Astrodynamic GPS Orbital Navigator Satellite (DRAGONSat) is released from the open cargo bay of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. (NASA)

As his friends watch, youngster Ian Levitt pla…

As his friends watch, youngster Ian Levitt plays a game on an Apple IIe computer at Cali-Camp in Topanga, California, July 22, 1984. Photo by Toru Kawana.

(Los Angeles Public Library)

interesting trinity and apollo 11 in the same …

interesting trinity and apollo 11 in the same day. is this some kind of voodoo?

Both events were rather huge events in the course of modern history, especially as it relates to how humanity’s future unfolds as we attempt mastery over powerful technologies. And then there’s the dark underside to the Space Age in that it grew from the Atomic Age as rockets built to carry nuclear payloads were fine-tuned into rockets that ferried astronauts to the stars.

(Sadly, there were a lot of nuclear tests over the years. More than a thousand by the United States alone. So when I do today-in-history posts, you see these strange historical coincidences.)

A Soviet smartwatch on the cover of Tekhnika M…

A Soviet smartwatch on the cover of Tekhnika Molodezhi, March 1966. Illustration by A. Sumilina.

“Beneath The Grid” by Robert Tinne…

“Beneath The Grid” by Robert Tinney, cover art for BYTE magazine, May 1979. Behold a “landscape with a superimposed grid of luminescent white lines as might be projected in the mind’s eye by an appropriate graphic output device.”

50 YEARS AGO TODAY: Inside a computer lab at t…

50 YEARS AGO TODAY: Inside a computer lab at the astronautics division of General Dynamics, June 13, 1968.

(San Diego Air & Space Museum)

American poster for Westworld, 1973.

American poster for Westworld, 1973.