Does Absence Make the Heart Grow?

Ask anyone what they think is one of the greatest technological achievements of our time and I guarantee this one will be near the top: the ability to video chat your family. As rural American towns have bled manufacturing and agricultural jobs, more and more young adults find themselves desperately searching for work in major cities. … 

 

Silicon Valley’s Obsession with the Future Is Older Than You Think

In 996 AD, a Benedictine monk named Father Gerbert, who would later become Pope Sylvester II, created the first modern mechanical clock. It was a weight-driven device, likely powered by water. Sundials and water clocks were built in ancient Egypt, Asia, and Greece, but the technology had scattered after the fall of the Roman Empire. In Technics and Civilization (1934), Lewis …