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History of Science & Technology Q&A (74 videos)

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Do you know the history of the invention of optical character recognition (OCR)? With recent developments, can you talk about the history of theories of extraterrestrial life and the search for it? Who do you think is the most undervalued scientist in the last one hundred years? Someone who has contributed a great deal to society but has largely gone unnoticed by the public eye? ​​Why were elite physicists (and others) reluctant to embrace computers? I saw an interview with Ed Fredkin where he explained how he tried to teach Richard Feynman to use a Commodore PET, I think it was. "There is a computer disease that anybody who works with computers knows about. It's a very serious disease and it interferes completely with the work. The trouble with computers is that you 'play' with them!" – Feynman Didn't he [Feynman] end up causing a hubbub at Los Alamos because he was personally repairing calculators/computers, rather than the IBM person? ​In the early to mid-1960s, the Soviet Union was very seriously considering what would have been a sort of proto-internet. Do you know anything about this? How do you think kids today would react if they were suddenly teleported 40 years into the past? Have aliens always been referred to as "aliens", or did they have another name in history? Have there been any observable changes to planets during human life on Earth? There's a weird Catholic history of discussing ETs that are neither human nor angel: a theoretical theological field called "exotheology." ​​What is the oldest book that you actually use and is not a museum piece? View Less »
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