Bell Labs

ASCII art

This Machine Learning Algorithm Can Turn Any Line Drawing Into ASCII Art

A form of art created by humans using computers has itself been co-opted by computers.
Daniel Oberhaus
12.12.17
history

The Cloud Is Much, Much Older Than You Think

In 1940, even before proper digital computers had taken shape, mathematicians were offloading calculations to the cloud.
Michael Byrne
9.10.16
cell phones

Happy Anniversary to the World's First Cell-Phone Call

"I'm calling you from a cell phone, a real handheld portable cell phone."
Michael Byrne
4.3.16
Animation

Coding Computer Animation in 1964 Looked a Lot Like It Does in 2016

Enjoy Bell Labs ' short tutorial 'Programming of Computer Animation.'
Michael Byrne
2.17.16
All Fronts

The US Army Was Promised Jetpacks, Too

Rockets belts and more would’ve helped infantry fly anywhere.
Joseph Trevithick
9.15.15
video

Watch Bell Labs Engineer Hal Alles Demo an Early Digital Synthesizer in 1977

Unfortunately, the synthesizer was too expensive to be commercially viable, and was dismantled after just four years.
Adam Owen
6.18.15
Words

The Guy Who Invented Glow Sticks Had No Idea They Were So Popular

"Maybe my granddaughter will think I’m cool now." A history lesson from Father Glow.
Brittany Gaston
11.26.13
Motherboard Blog

Hot Links: Herman Cain Is An Inside Joke, Khan Academy IRL, An Orwellian Orwell

_What you, being away from the Internet for a little while, might have missed._ * Spying on "social media":http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/11/how-the-cia-uses-social-media-to-track-how-people-feel/247923/ * Measuring the "e...
Ones Zeros
11.7.11