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“More wiretapping is going on than people realize or even like to think about,” warned a 1980 article on surveillance.
In 1968, an instructor of political science had reason to hope that computers would make government wiser.
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.