Tech History

From mechanical computing to cloud-based apps—tracing the long and tangled web of innovations that built modern tech.

Peace gave computers a chance. In the late 40s and 50s, former WWII researchers went full-on business, tech got a big boost, and Silicon Valley was born.

The First Industrial Revolution produced many machines, including the ancestors of today’s computers. Then World War II arrived—and changed everything.

Computer visionary Ted Nelson’s started his alt-Internet project Xanadu in 1960. Since then, he’s been misunderstood by many—even dubbed insane. 


Almost 50 years ago, the first Internet message was sent. From Cold War research oddity to pan-global phenomenon, the network has evolved in surprising ways.


75 years on, the fingerprints of wartime research are still all over our lives. How one American wartime visionary predicted the internet, the cloud, and more.