The End of an Era: A Short Film About The Last Day of Hot Metal Typesetting at The New York Times (1978)

≡ Category: Film, History, Technology |7 Comments

This is usually what happens when I write a piece for Open Culture: As I drink an overpriced coffee at my local coffee shop, I research a topic on the internet, write and edit an article on Microsoft Word and then copy and paste the whole thing into WordPress.


How to Make Sure You Get Open Culture in Your Facebook Newsfeed: Now You Can Take Control

≡ Category: Media, Technology |2 Comments

For the longest time, Facebook gave you no ability to control what content you see in your Facebook newsfeed. Some 378,000 people have “liked” our Facebook page. But only a fraction actually see Open Culture posts in their newsfeed.


Watch Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and 2001: A Space Odyssey Get Run Through Google’s Trippy Deep Dream Software

≡ Category: Film, Technology |5 Comments

Last week, The Guardian reported:
Google has made its “inceptionism” algorithm available to all, allowing coders around the world to replicate the process the company used to create mesmerising dreamscapes with its image processing neural-network.


Watch a Needle Ride Through LP Record Grooves Under an Electron Microscope

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Last year, we highlighted a 1956 video from RCA Victor which demonstrated how vinyl records were made back in the good old days.


Fritz Lang Invents the Video Phone in Metropolis (1927)

≡ Category: Film, Sci Fi, Technology |2 Comments

On Monday, we brought you evidence that Stanley Kubrick invented the tablet computer in 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Today, we go back forty years further into cinematic history to ask whether Fritz Lang invented the video phone in 1927’s Metropolis.


Did Stanley Kubrick Invent the iPad in 2001: A Space Odyssey?

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While it now bears embarrassing marks of the 1960s here and there, the future envisioned by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey remains, on many levels, chillingly plausible.


New Jorge Luis Borges-Inspired Project Will Test Whether Robots Can Appreciate Poetry

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Jorge Luis Borges, as any reader of his stories knows, had a lot of ideas. Some of his ideas must have seemed pretty fantastical when he wrote stories around them from the 1920s to the 1950s.


MIT Creates Amazing Self-Folding Origami Robots & Leaping Cheetah Robots

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Last Thursday, MIT released two staggeringly cool videos. And I don’t think I’m being hyperbolic in saying that. Above we have a robotic cheetah that’s “trained” to “see and jump over hurdles as it runs — making this the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles autonomously.


Discover Japan’s Earthquake Proof Underground Bike Storage System: The Future is Now

≡ Category: Design, Sports, Technology, Travel |3 Comments

Behold, the ingenious underground bicycle storage of Japan! What a vision of futurist efficiency – the only thing missing is Raymond Scott’s Powerhouse (aka Bugs Bunny factory music).


The Art of Collotype: See a Near Extinct Printing Technique, as Lovingly Practiced by a Japanese Master Craftsman

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When I was a kid,  I spent a lot of time at the Indianapolis Star, where my mother worked in what was then referred to as the “women’s pages.” She kept me busy returning the photos that accompanied marriage and engagement announcements, using the SASEs the young brides had supplied.


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