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The Isolator: A 1925 Helmet Designed to Eliminate Distractions & Increase Productivity (Created by SciFi Pioneer Hugo Gernsback)

The anti-distraction device is the modern mousetrap: build a better one, and the world will beat a path to your door. Or so, at least, will the part of the world engaged in the pursuits we’ve broadly labeled “knowledge work.” Even among the knowledge workers who’ve spent most of the past year in pandemic-prompted isolation, many still feel besieged by unending claims on their attention. Laments at having been rendered unproductive by constant distraction go back at least to medieval times, but ...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, College, History, Science And Invention, Seoul, Hugo Gernsback, Gernsback, Colin Marshall, World Science Fiction Society, 21st Century Los Angeles, SciFi Pioneer Hugo Gernsback, Technocracy Review, Computer Scientist Cal Newport Pico Iyer


How Filmmakers Created Fake Newsreels in the 1920s

A horrifying magnitude 7.9 earthquake hit Japan on September 1, 1923, killing over 140,000 people. And while news of the devastation reached newspapers around the world by the next day, there was no way to get film footage from Japan to the United States that quickly. But that didn’t stop filmmakers from making fake…Read more...
Tags: Japan, Science, United States, Science And Invention, Fake, Fakes, Teddy Roosevelt, Movie History, Presidential History, Deepfakes, 1923 Earthquake, President Theodore Roosevelt


This 1920s Concept for a Drive-Through Grocery Store Completely Failed

Today, the grocery delivery battle is being waged between companies like Amazon, Walmart, Target, FreshDirect, and Instacart. But there once was a time when the most futuristic thing in food shopping was the car. Specifically, drive-in shopping like these stores from the 1920s.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Science, Walmart, History, Grocery Stores, Science And Invention, Target, 1920s, Drive In Market, Drive Through Grocery, Amazon Walmart Target FreshDirect


The Futuristic Skyscrapers of 1923 Were Supposed to Solve Traffic, But Had a Notable Lack of Dwayne Johnsons

We’re still waiting on our flying cars. But back in 1923, the magazine Science and Invention assured readers they were just around the corner. And to top it off, the buildings of tomorrow would be built to “solve” the traffic problem.Read more...
Tags: Science, Urban Design, Skyscrapers, Urban Planning, Science And Invention, Harvey W Corbett, Dwayne Johnsons


This Futuristic Solar Power Plant From 1923 Was Supposed to Light Up the World

Some people here in the 21st century still think of solar power as a futuristic, unproven technology. But solar-powered machines have been around for well over a century.Read more...
Tags: Energy, Science, Solar Energy, Science And Invention, Solar Power, Alternative Energy, Steam Power, Science And Invention Magazine, Retro Future, Solar Powered Inventions, Old Futures, Energy History


This Futuristic Color TV Set Concept From 1922 Was Way Ahead of Its Time

This TV set was the futuristic vision of illustrator Frank R. Paul in 1922. And I absolutely love it.Read more...
Tags: Science, Television, Science And Invention, Hugo Gernsback, Radio History, Science And Invention Magazine, Tv history, Television History, Doctor Hackensaw, Frank R Paul


I Want This 1923 Prediction For the American City of the Future To Be Real

When the world is descending into chaos, it can be hard to believe that optimistic visions of the future are within our reach. But personally, I think I’ve hit that point where escapist fantasy worlds of tomorrow are the only thing that can ease the stresses of our modern world. This 1923 illustration, for instance,…Read more...
Tags: Transportation, Science, Cities, Skyscrapers, Science And Invention, Flying Cars, Hugo Gernsback, Utopian, Science And Invention Magazine, City Of The Future, Louis Biedermann


LA's Futuristic Torpedo Cars Were Supposed to Fix The Traffic Problem

According to the LA Times in 1923, it took streetcars 30 minutes to move just six blocks in downtown LA that summer. The automobile had invaded the city, and the streetcars were owned by private companies that didn’t want to spend any money on improvements. The dream? Elevating mass transit, like in the 1923 model above by Los Angeles inventor Fletcher E. Felts.Read more...
Tags: Transportation, Science, La, Los Angeles, Science And Invention, Retrofuturism, Paleofuture, Mass Transit, LA Times, Fletcher, Roger Rabbit


People Used to Blame Earthquakes and Droughts on New Radio Technology

New technology is scary. Just ask the people who think that their illnesses are caused by wifi. But blaming unfortunate things on newfangled technology has been happening for decades, if not centuries. Like when farmers of the 1920s used to blame too much rain, earthquakes, and droughts on the new technology of radio.Read more...
Tags: Radio, Science And Invention, Hugo Gernsback, 1920s, Radio History


Even Hunting Was Supposed To Become Automatic in the Future

The great promise of the 20th century was that everything would one day be operated by push-button. Even hunting was supposed to become automatic, as you can see in the invention above from 1922.Read more...
Tags: Guns, Hunting, Future Hunting, Push Button, Button Pushing, Science And Invention


Mechanical Matchmaking: The Science of Love in the 1920s

Online dating sites like eHarmony and OkCupid claim they can find you the perfect romantic match by using algorithms. These kinds of sites have catchy slogans like “date smarter, not harder,” implying that they’ve finally perfected a scientific approach to matchmaking. Just answer a few questions, and their super-secret love science will find the person who is right for you.Read more...
Tags: Love, Science And Invention, 1920s, Matchmaking, Future Of Love, Mechanical Matchmaking