How war, porn and fast food created technology as we know it
From the unexpected origins of mobile phones, microwave ovens and plastic packaging to the links between Barbie and US missile systems and why Niue, Polynesia is the phone-sex capital of the world, this is a fascinating examination of how much of modern life can be directly traced to one of three questionable aspects of human activity - war, porn, and the fast food industry.
Peter Nowak writes about technology for various media outlets around the world and is currently the senior science and technology reporter for CBC News Online. His writing has appeared in many of the world's top newspapers, including The Sydney Morning Herald, The South China Morning Post and The Boston Globe. He has also interviewed technology giants including Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Virgin Group chairman Sir Richard Branson and the inventor of the Internet, Vinton Cerf. Nowak has worked in New Zealand and still has strong professional ties there. In 2006 the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand named him the technology journalist of the year. According to Tim Murphy, editor in chief, of The New Zealand Herald, 'Peter Nowak is a journalist's journalist - quick, sceptical, brave, exacting and hungry for answers.'