History

hitchBot

This Canadian experiment used a robot to explore how people respond to robots and technology.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

A short history of virtual and augmented reality with lots of links to learn more.

Web Browser History

While everybody on the planet has used a web browser, many people don't know about web browser history.

Battery History

Battery history is a critical part of the history of technology. Without stored electricity, there would be no electronics.

Computer Keyboard History

Believe it or not, computers and keyboards were not invented together.

The History of Artificial Intelligence

The many pieces that make up AI have been built and used for thousands of years in many cultures.

The Cathedral and the Bazaar

An essay from the 1990s explores how software can be built like a cathedral or in groups like a bazaar.

al-Jazari Automatons

We might think robots are a modern invention. But al-Jazari created amazing automatons in the thirteenth century. Today we would call him a maker.

The First Computors

Six women were hired to use their math skills to program the ENIAC computer. They called themselves The First Programmers Club.

Coding the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC)

Learn about and explore the code used to guide Apollo missions.

Single Board Computers

Raspberry Pi, Arduino, BeagleBone, Micro Bit, Edison, CHIP, and other handheld computers trace their history to board computers used by engineers.

Why Do Designers Hate Comic Sans?

The history of the font and the reasons people hate Comic Sans are great ways to learn about typography.

Gnomes, Gnomedozers, Spoonriders, and Zen Gnomes

Why are there so many gnomes available for 3D printing?

Dead Programming Languages

Of 8500 plus programming languages, many are forgotten or lightly used enough to be called dead programming languages.

History of Video Games

Can you name the first video game? The first game likely was Tennis for Two in 1958 but it could be Space Wars! in 1962 or other games. It's complicated.

The Turing Test

The Turing Test, and its creator Alan Turing, have had a profound effect on computer science and artificial intelligence.

A Short History of Lorem Ipsum

No discussion of design is complete without the history of lorem ipsum. It's more than placeholder text you stuff into a visual design.