Computers

Inventing the Chinese typewriter sounds as punishing as cracking Enigma

7 October 2017 9:00 am

The history of industry is the story of the reduction of complexity to easily manageable, replicable components or actions. But…

A provincial library is pure Alan Bennett territory

25 February 2017 9:00 am

This book kept reminding me of Robin Williams in One Hour Photo. Just as his character spied on customers’ private…

A chain of Harvard Observatory employees, photographed in 1918

The Harvard housewives who measured the heavens

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Marek Kukula tells how, in the late 19th century, Harvard Observatory began to rely on a number of women – ranging from graduates to housemaids – to analyse an explosion of scientific data

How time-saving technology destroys our productivity

14 January 2017 9:00 am

In 1929 John Maynard Keynes predicted that by 2029 people in the developed nations could enjoy a perfectly civilised standard…

Herzog leaves us as anxious and uncertain as we are thrilled: Lo and Behold reviewed

29 October 2016 9:00 am

As a documentary-maker, Werner Herzog is a master of tone. His widely parodied voiceovers — breathy, raspy, ominous — are…

Sadist? The tech world has plenty of jobs for you

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Perhaps you are slightly concerned about your son. At present he is sitting in the crawlspace beneath your home wearing…

The memory gap: how technology took over the mind

13 August 2016 9:00 am

What happens when we outsource part of our brains to the internet?

The ZX81

When Britannia ruled the digital waves

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Everyone, we hear these days, must learn to code. Being able to program computers is the only way to be…

‘If ever there was a Renaissance Man, John Dee was it’: from ‘The Order of the Inspirati’, 1659

John Dee thought he could talk to angels using medieval computer technology

16 January 2016 9:00 am

John Dee liked to talk to spirits but he was no loony witch, says Christopher Howse

The pros and cons of a computerised education

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Online education pros and cons, by Constance Watson

The real reason GPs are grumpy: the robots are coming for them

17 January 2015 9:00 am

There’s something wrong with the relationship between patients and their GPs. I’ve spent much of this winter in my local…

What techies are actually doing when they fix your computer

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Just before Christmas I achieved something so totally, incredibly amazing that I think it probably ranks among the greatest things…

The agony of dying gadgets

29 November 2014 9:00 am

To survive as a technophobe in the 21st century, you must depend on the kindness of strangers

Steve Jobs’s button phobia has shaped the modern world

22 November 2014 9:00 am

An irrational fear that has reshaped the technological world

The Anonymous ghost in the machine

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Why would you send an anthropologist — as this book’s author, Gabriella Coleman, is — to study Anonymous, the indescribable…

Turing’s Cathedral

14 April 2012 11:00 am

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