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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.

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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.

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4.5 out of 5
440 Ratings

440 Ratings

Uhohsrule ,

Best podcast ever

I’m learning so much in such an interesting and unique way! Love this and recommend it for everyone!!

MedHistorian ,

A fresh, fascinating way to look at history

I am a historian. I spend my days surrounded by history, studying history, thinking and writing about history. I discovered this podcast recently after listening to dozens of podcasts focused on history, and I can honestly say this is the first time in many years that I have found someone with a truly new and innovative approach to history. I love it! Keep it coming!

Meggo18 ,

Fascinating and fun

This podcast has provided so much dinnertable fodder for me, and I love it! The diverse topics are great and always learn something new, relating it to others and generally spreading the fun knowledge. “Dots, Dashes and Dating Apps” was particularly enjoyable (and I met my spouse online, too). I feel like my long commutes are not “wasted” when I have Tom and Seth for company. Keep up the great storytelling!

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