year 2000
The Year 2000 Is Officially Retro

I’m calling it. The year 2000 is officially retro. Fight me. Read More >>

retromodo
A Century-Old Device May Be the Future of Electronics

There’s a new device in the works over at DARPA, the agency known for pushing the technological envelope with mind-controlled prosthetics and drone-launching submarines. This latest innovation? The vacuum tube. You might remember it from the first time humans invented it, way back in 1904. Read More >>

retromodo
This Soviet Computer Mouse Was Ridiculously Priced

There you have it: the pinnacle of modern technology (in 1989 Soviet Russia, at least). Recently, someone decided to unearth this gem and share the nostalgic find with the internet. Craziest thing about it? According to EnglishRussia, this bad boy cost the equivalent of £200 ($300). Read More >>

design
This 3D-Printed Predicta Will Transport You to the 1950’s

Once upon a time, long before Twitter or Xbox Live, you could turn on a TV that looked a lot like this and watch spacemen valiantly defeat their enemies with rayguns and plutonium-powered rockets. We can't travel back to that simpler age, but we can re-create the experience using 3D printing. Read More >>

history
This Pigeon Guided Missile System Was (Thankfully) Never Deployed

This past Friday, in 1904, pyschologist B.F. Skinner was born. His contribution to the world? This pigeon-guided missile system, among other things. Yes, actually. Read More >>

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Nothing is Better Than These 80s Internet Depictions of Technology

Ever spend time imagining what the world was like the year you popped into it? I love it. Because man, 1983 was ridiculous. And terrible. And awesome. Michael Jackson did his first moonwalk. AOL, Microsoft Word and My Little Pony came into existence. The first consumer Camcorder came out (Sony!) and weighed 3335268 kilos. And the internet looked something like this: Read More >>

drones
This 1924 Illustration Predicts the Real Future of Drone Warfare

It's no secret that military drones predate the 21st century. But it's still amazing to see illustrations of unmanned aerial vehicles that are nearly a century old. Like this drone command center from 1924, with pilots sitting 500 miles away from the battlefield. It's an image that's strikingly similar to the drone pilots of today. Read More >>

retromodo
This 1920s ‘Taste Organ’ Was Like a Symphony for Your Mouth

Think of it like music, but for your taste buds. Confused? Well, the people in this illustration from 1926 probably were too. Read More >>

history
This is What I See Every Time You Explain the Awesomeness of Oculus Rift

Virtual reality sure is cute. And, yes, I do mean that in the most condescending way possible. Read More >>

cars
Morgan Stanley Thinks Self-Driving Cars Will Bring Utopia by 2026

The term "techno-utopian" is helpful for referring to people who believe technology alone can solve the world's problems. The term is rarely used literally. But if the financial services company Morgan Stanley is to be believed, driverless cars will literally bring about a utopian society in just over a decade. Read More >>

tv
6 Incredibly Accurate Predictions About TV From 1989

It's easy to laugh at futurist predictions. But when they're proven accurate, it's hard not to be impressed. Especially when it comes to technology that we now use every day. Read More >>

robots
Was This the First Robot Ever Arrested?

On August 18, 1982 the Beverly Hills Police Department took a rather unusual individual into custody: a robot called DC-2. The crime? Illegally distributing business cards and generally causing a commotion on North Beverly Drive, California. It was probably the first time a robot had ever been arrested. Read More >>

wtfriday
DIY Fireworks Instructions Were Ridiculously Unsafe in the 1920s

Every year, our Yank cousins celebrate Independence Day by doing what they do best: blowing stuff up and eating large amounts of red meat. Fireworks haven't always come from a Chinese factory, though; back in the 1920s, DIY fireworks were all the rage. And the instructions were utterly, totally insane. Read More >>

internet
Douglas Engelbart, Early Developer of the Computer Mouse, Dead at 88

Douglas Engelbart, an internet pioneer and developer of the early computer mouse, passed away early this morning at the age of 88. Read More >>

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We’ve Grappled With Televised Death Since The First TV Suicide in 1938

The family of an American man who committed suicide this past September has filed a lawsuit against Fox News over the live broadcast of the event. Understandably, the family says that they suffered emotional distress after the broadcast, which was seen on TV sets and computer screens all over the world. Anchor Shepard Smith apologised immediately after airing the suicide, but a debate about the disturbing voyeurism of televised police chases ensued. Read More >>