Belgian-born computer scientist Patti Maes was inventing the core principles behind the social media age when Mark Zuckerberg was still in kindergarten. Why have her contributions been neglected?
Intelligent agent. How Pattie Maes almost invented social media
We take it for granted that decentralized networks like the Internet “just work.” But decades ago, pioneering computer scientist Radia Perlman solved a crucial problem that made those networks possible.
The Magic Box and the Spanning Tree: How Radia Perlman made the Internet work
More than two decades ago, Web pioneer Lou Montulli invented browser software cookies with the goal of preserving user privacy online. But then things took an unexpected turn.
The Magic Cookie: How Lou Montulli cured the Web’s amnesia
More than 50 years ago, Douglas Engelbart gave the “mother of all demos” that transformed software forever. The computer world has been catching up with his vision ever since.
A Machine for Thinking: How Douglas Engelbart predicted the future of computing
Three decades ago, Philip Zimmermann almost went to jail so that you could send an email without worrying that your personal data would be stolen.
The Crypto Wars: How Phil Zimmermann fought for our right to privacy
As a young African American girl living on a farm during the Great Depression, Gladys West discovered she had a gift for math. Forty years later, she mapped the shape of Earth and helped invent GPS.
The Pathfinder: How Gladys West shaped the Earth for modern GPS
Fifty years ago, the computer scientist Nasir Ahmed came up with a brilliant idea for compressing data, laying the groundwork for Zoom, YouTube, Instagram, and all the other cornerstones of today's image-based online life.
The image society: How Nasir Ahmed shaped image-based life
When Apple unveiled the multitouch interface with the iPhone launch in 2007, it seemed as though computing had been reinvented overnight. But in reality, it was an innovation three decades in the making.
The Long Road To Multitouch: How a mix of new ideas shaped the way we communicate with computers