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 … 

 

The Telegraph Changed How You Spend Your Time

And made you a slave to irrelevant media. Technology was supposed to usher in an age of infinite connectivity and ever-deepening relationships. Sold on that promise, we’ve spent the past century accelerating toward instantaneous communication without any hesitation or discussion of its effects. The increasing volume of media and tools has absolutely increased opportunities for connectivity. There …