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By 1913 we’d learned how to fly. Now came the hard part—designing flying machines that were safe and reliable.
A bioethicist wondered whether fertility technologies might lead to a new and “improved” Homo sapiens.
A group led by Harvard academics hopes to compile a library of everything. One forward thinker from 1961 might have asked: What took you so long?
One writer wondered if cows’ milk was the key to human longevity.
One columnist wondered whether democracy was nimble enough to compete with tyranny.
One writer bristled at the idea that video games might be corrupting her daughters.
Warnings about climate change were coming half a century ago.
Questions about the merits of the space shuttle are older than the program itself.
The long-term value of an innovation often doesn’t become apparent until it has gone through many product cycles—including buggy versions that annoy early adopters.
If you think the future of television is uncertain now, look at the issues the medium faced before it took off.