BBC Future predicts what will happen over the next 150 years,
and also for the next 100 quintillion years
, in handy infographic form.
Airing in 1979, The New Sound of Music
was a BBC documentary which depicted and demonstrated the history of recorded and manipulated music, from the earliest paper rolls to electronic synthesizers and the cutting and manipulation of tape. [more inside]
The BBC broadcasted the science and technology showcase show Tomorrow's World
(titles on piano
) on 7 July 1965 on BBC1, it ran for 38 years until it was cancelled at the beginning of 2003. Unlike the boosterism of US science programs, Tomorrow's World was more famous for it's live stunts and wry outlook ( James Burke experiences the "convenient" office of the future
and the future of home gardening
and crushing ennui
). The BBC has an archive of episodes and clips for UK visitors
, everyone else will have to be content with clips concerning Home Computers
, New Banking
, Nellie The School Computer
, The Elliot Light Pen
, Mobile Phones
, and Moog Synthesizers.
The first known recording of a digital computer playing music
, recorded by the BBC in 1951. The music played on a Ferantti Mark 1
, one of the first commercial general-use computers, and was entered via punchtape
and played on a speaker usually used for making clicks and tones to indicate program progress.
Take One Museum
on BBC Four is the Russian Ark
of documentaries as expert Paul Rose
looks around a museum, with the help of some tour guides in one take over a thirty minute period. I caught the tail end of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum episode
and he seemed like a man of great enthusiasm. Much like New York's Museum of Modern Art
's podcast official
, an audio podcast version of the show is available so that a visitor to the actual museum can cover the same ground with the aid of their mp3 player. Excellently, it's the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester
next week so I'll definitely be going there again soon to see what this is like.
"Australian scientists say they have created a "thinking cap" that will stimulate creative powers. It is based on the idea that we all have the sorts of extraordinary abilities usually associated with savants."
The device is said to improve drawing skills within 15 minutes.
Two months from illiterate to MP3 trading hax0rz.
Very cool social experiment showing how easy today's GUIs are to use, especially for kids.
Here's an AP wire story that's a fairly thin re-write of a BBC story
on people becoming addicted to cybersex. Some interesting facts -- it's almost 50/50 women (how come *I* can never find them? :-). Fairly balanced, if you read the whole thing, but still a bit inflammatory.