20 episodes

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.

The Secret History of the Future Slate Magazine

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    • 4.5, 373 Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
373 Ratings

373 Ratings

Joannzzil ,

Excellent...but......

Love the show and the way Tom and Seth relate to tell the stories. The topics are really interesting. Enjoy it so much I’m re-listening to several episodes...but I find the music and sounds intrusive, particularly the beeping and twanging that too often underlay conversations. Rather than enhancing, these noises are disconcerting and distracting AND too loud...and the reason for the four stars. All in all I really want more. More stories and less noise, and then the podcast will definitely be a solid five+ stars.

Matt0000002 ,

Great podcast

I love Seth and Tom. Fun and informative.

TexasAggieGirl18 ,

Gives false information

In meat and potatoes, it was stated that the beef industry makes up for 6% of greenhouse gases. This is false information. The beef industry makes up for only 2% of greenhouse gases. The 6% number is most likely the entire agricultural impact on greenhouse gases (this includes both animal and crop agriculture).

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