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This 1993 AT&T Concept Video Predicted Skype’s New Translator App

This 1993 AT&T Concept Video Predicted Skype’s New Translator App

You can keep your flying cars and jetpacks. The real sign that we’re living in the future? Real-time language translation. Skype just put its version into wide release. But effortless translation is something we’ve been waiting on for quite some time, as you can see from this 1993 clip of…

How Bell Labs Almost Put A Videophone In Every Home

How Bell Labs Almost Put A Videophone In Every Home

From the 1950s until the 1970s Bell Labs spent over $US500 million developing the videophone. But the technology failed to achieve mainstream success. Why? Bill Hammack from the University of Illinois has a great video explaining the tremendous promise and eventual demise of the videophone as a standalone appliance in…