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Journey into the past, and you'll discover the secret history of the future. From the world's first cyber-attack 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.

The Secret History of the Future Slate Magazine

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    • 4.6, 264 Ratings

Journey into the past, and you'll discover the secret history of the future. From the world's first cyber-attack 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.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
264 Ratings

264 Ratings

DiligentPodcaster ,

Informative easy listening

A podcast that covers a range of topics intelligently. A breath of fresh air.

Rmelcher ,

Annoying

This could have been an enjoyable and informative (if rather clumsy) listen if I hadn’t had to jump over so many ‘doubled-up commercials, arranged carefully like in mainstream broadcast television, where the closer you get the to a final resolution the more frequent the ads. Yes, that’s what it was like...watching television! I changed the channel.

audibully ,

It’s really good.

It’s rare that a podcast is so easy to listen to and also daringly informative. So well researched, but easy on the ears....you barely realize how much work has gone into creating it. It goes to unexpected places in the past, present, and future.... much appreciated.

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