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The Secret History of the Future

Journey into the past, and you'll discover the secret history of the future. From the world's first cyberattack in 1834, to 19th-century virtual reality, The Economist's Tom Standage and Slate's Seth Stevenson examine the historical precedents that can transform our understanding of modern technology, predicting how it might evolve and highlighting pitfalls to avoid. Discovering how people reacted to past innovations can also teach us about ourselves.

Technology
History
Society & Culture
1
S2E10: New Media, Old Story
38 min
2
S2E9: A Brief History Of Timekeeping
33 min
3
S2E8: Salvation In The Air
33 min
4
S2E7: A Bug In The System
32 min
5
S2E6: Dots, Dashes, and Dating Apps
33 min
6
S2E5: Mars on Earth
34 min
7
S2E4: Meat and Potatoes
36 min
8
S2E3: Unreliable Evidence
27 min
9
S2E2: Second Wind
30 min
10
S2E1: A Familiar Tune
39 min
11
Season 2 Trailer
2 min
12
S1E10: Infinite Scroll
37 min
13
S1E9: A Little Less Conversation
28 min
14
S1E8: VR or It Didn’t Happen
30 min
15
S1E7: A Clock in the Sky
33 min
16
S1E6: From Zero to Selfie
35 min
17
S1E5: Human Insecurity
28 min
18
S1E4: The Fault In Our Cars
32 min
19
S1E3: Fork Fashions and Toilet Trends
27 min
20
S1E2: The Body Electric
33 min
21
S1E1: The Box That A.I. Lives In
33 min
22
Season 1 Trailer
2 min