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LITTLE John Gray Jr., three months old when these pictures were taken, has seldom been outside of this glass house in which he lives. His showcase home is temperature and humidity controlled, dirt-free and has a built-in air filter. It is partially sound-proof-he can bellow without straining the family nerves. He doesn’t catch cold, visitors can’t pass their germs through the glass and the house’s temperature never varies from 84 degrees.
It’s dangerous to leave a small baby unattended in the bathtub, and yet, when the telephone rings or the doorbell must be answered, it is sometimes inconvenient not to be able to do so. Carl H. Fischer, a Council Bluffs, Iowa, engineer and father of three youngsters, solved this problem with the ingenious device pictured at the left. The baby is strapped in a harness that is attached to a metal bar. When the bar is turned, rubber pads threaded to the ends press tightly against the sides of the tub and hold the safety bar firmly in place.
This article is amazingly prescient, and it talks of much of what we’re worrying about today. Take facebook for example, isn’t it likely that information about the users are sold to the highest bidder? And it’s a bit ambiguous about who’s privvy to the information about the users who inhabits the social networking site. This is one of the more interesting articles that raises questions and worries that we’re still struggling with today. Read it, I think you’ll find it familiar, and yourself quite intrigued.Source
Did your sister have an illegitimate baby when she was 15? Did you fail math in junior high? Are you divorced or living in a common-law relationship? Do you pay your bills promptly? Are you willing to talk to salesmen? Have you been treated for a venereal disease? Are you visiting a psychiatrist? Were you ever arrested? Have you taken an airplane trip in the past 90 days; with whom: and in which hotels did you stay?
The answers to these intimate questions and hundreds more like them have always been available to a persistent investigator with enough time and money to sift the paper trail we leave behind in file cabinets around the country. But now, for the first time, in this age of computers, it is becoming possible for any snooper to get such information quickly and cheaply, without leaving his office chair.
Three years of research have solved the grim problem of fitting babies with gas masks, according to the British designer of the model illustrated in use below. Rubberized gasproof fabric completely incloses an infant from the waist up in a capacious hood with a large cellulose acetate window. A hand bellows operated by the parent supplies pure filtered air for the baby to breathe.
The last word in the elimination of the human factor in the manufacture of machinery is represented in the erection of the new A. C. Smith research engineering plant in Milwaukee which will house the laboratories of a staff of highly trained research engineers whose efforts will be directed along the lines of creating a 100% automatic frame plant, that is, a machine-perfect factory.
Even beauty may now be reduced to cold, hard figures, according to the inventors of a device that is said to record the contours of a face with thousandth-of-an-inch accuracy. Beauty shops might use the device, the inventors say, to learn how to change their customers’ features. In the inventors’ opinion, the following measurements are ideal: nose, same length as the height of forehead; eyes, separated by a space the width of one eye.
Originally posted by The GUT
Love this stuff. Thanks Droogie.
I'ma dig around the source and read up on the babies that were raised in the artificial environment.
And. yeah, they nailed it on the data mining thing. Unfortunately yuk-yuk.
Regarding the baby "incubator", one concern I'd have is the adverse effects of lack of human touch, holding, cuddling, and so on. But it looks like it could reduce exposure to germs as claimed, however I'm not sure that's entirely healthy either...we NEED to be exposed to some germs to build up our immune system, or so I thought.
This article hit home with me, because it's so relevant today. Most people on social networking sites, or on the internet in general, are still ignoring the personal privacy aspects, or even the safety concerns involved with the current technology we have in our daily lives. It's interesting to ponder that the questions raised in the 60's are still talked about today.
The computer databank story was a look into the future, and even though the future is now here, I think some folks still haven't realized the importance of this.
The machinery to eliminate humans resonates with me as I've worked in some completely automated factories, where the only human jobs left were loading and unloading the trucks that transported the factory input/output, and a few people to maintain and repair the machinery. Once upon a time such a factory would have had people working there.