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This Week in Tech History: First Science Fiction Program

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris tells us of the first ever television broadcast of a science fiction program, which coined a popular tech term. He also reminds us of the invention of the telephone.

1863 – The fire extinguisher was patented by Alanson Crane. It became a flaming success…

1876 – Alexander Graham Bell applied for a patent for the telephone, the same day as Elisha Gray.

1938 – BBC Television produced the world’s first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a Polish play, that coined the term “robot”.

1997 – After a two-day chase, space shuttle Discovery’s astronauts hauled the Hubble Space Telescope aboard to begin a $350 million refurbishment. The mission’s objective was to replace worn-out components and install new ones to increase the performance of the telescope.

1998 – AOL raised its monthly flat access rate from $19.95 to $21.95, explaining it needed to upgrade its network to handle the onslaught of people taking advantage of its flat price.

Written by Chris Graveline

Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for 14 years. He is a producer of Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline and the host of This Week in Tech History as well as a regular co-host on "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" and our Technical Director.

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