The Almanac, the second publication to come off the first American press in 1639, was the iPhone of yesteryear, opines historian Molly McCarthy.
Like an iPhone, the almanac was portable, slim enough to slip into a pocket or lady's reticule. It was a calendar, a collection of essays, a rudimentary calculator, a political commentator, a timepiece, a local directory and even a diary. It was all that and more.
And just like the iPhone -- even if its features were characteristically low-tech -- the almanac had many applications and could be different things to different people.
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|“This conversation about how technology is hijacking people is really catching on.”|
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|“Banning polluting cars in 2040 or 2050 doesn’t actually look like a very bold move.”|
|Making a Movie Inside a Video Game|
|“Our Internet handlers, not government, are using operant conditioning to modify our behaviour today.”|
|“Human and animal cells can be 3D printed into high-resolution tissue.”|
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|“Nobody is forcing the participants to stay, of course, but if they leave, they won’t be paid.”|
|“During this phase of decline, the US was likely to go through a phase of reactionary 'fascism'.”|
|“That science fiction future where robots can do what people and animals do may be closer than you think.”|
|“The shift from fuel and pistons to batteries and electric motors is unlikely to take that long.”|
|“We’re going to start to see chip implants get the same realm of acceptance as piercings and tattoos.”|