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How Computer Became Ubiquitous - Through the Lens of Law & Order

The first Law & Order computer. Blurry, but not on, according to Thompson. Season 1, Episode 1.

A typical early-'90s computer—off to the side and not powered up. Season 1, Episode 22.

By the fifth season, computers began appearing on characters' desks. Season 5, Episode 89.

A modern pose: A character checks her phone in close proximity to other humans. Season 18, Episode 411.

Lunettes pour une vision autre by Julio Le Parc

"Lunettes pour une vision autre," which translates to “Twelve glasses for another vision," is an experience developed in 1966 that uses glasses to distort perception in twelve different ways such as creating fragmented, colored and slow-mo vision.

“The ideal spectator is the most free, most open, least conditioned," Le Parc says of the current installation. “The most important thing for me is that brief moment of interconnection."

Garments of Paradise by Susan Elizabeth

"The new devices do not aspire to visual complication or unconventional semantics beyond what their 'customizable' interfaces allow. Indeed customization in digital devices is often a lie about personal modification (control) when choices are actually predetermined—although the devices might be hacked by individual users making unscripted changes." -- Susan Elizabeth

Ivan Sutherland's first computer VR heads-up display, Sword of Damocles from 1960s. You can read more about this in the book.

via io9

Paul Otlet's Forgotten Internet from 1930s

"Everything in the universe, and everything of man, would be registered at a distance as it was produced. In this way a moving image of the world will be established, a true mirror of his memory. From a distance, everyone will be able to read text, enlarged and limited to the desired subject, projected on an individual screen. In this way, everyone from his armchair will be able to contemplate the whole of creation, in whole or in certain parts." -- Monde by Paul Otlet, 1935

"With war clouds gathering, Wells urged the crowd to focus their attention on the potential of networked information to bring about a transformation of the human condition. 'The world has to pull its mind together,' he said, 'This synthesis of knowledge upon which you are working is the necessary beginning of a new world.' The next year, Wells published a collection of essays on this theme under the title World Brain. 'The whole human memory can be, and probably in a short time will be, made accessible to every individual,' he wrote. “It can have at once the concentration of a craniate animal and the diffused vitality of an amoeba."

"He imagined the eventual emergence of a 'super-human memory' fanning out across the globe in a 'world-wide network' that would foster cooperation among the world’s universities, research institutions, and other centers of intellectual life. The optimism of the 1937 conference proved short-lived. In 1940 the Nazis invaded Belgium. A Nazi delegation interrogated Otlet about his 'foreign contacts.' Soon enough, Nazi troops stormed the Palais Mondial, destroying much of the collection to make room for an exhibition of Third Reich art."

20th Anniversary of Nokia 2110

Twenty years ago, Nokia announced a new mobile phone that set a new standard for high-end handset. It had the largest dot-matrix screen, thinnest profile people had ever seen and the ability to send text messages (whereas most of the other phones at the time did not). The Nokia 2110 was also the first mobile phone to include a musical ringtone composed by Francisco Tarrega — now known as the classic Nokia ringtone.

The body of the phone was designed to be something people wanted to hold and caress; by accentuating subtle curves and adding soft but responsive rubber keypads. The keypads’ softness and tactility also played a huge role in the way textual menu worked. The menu used simple taxonomy and navigation to allow people to easily pickup and use it right away; eventually creating massive 20 million loyal followers.