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What Ever Happened to Steampunk?

How the iPhone popularized steampunk… and how the iPhone killed it off

Illustration: Ariel Davis

YYou can make the argument—and I have—that we’re living in the design era of the cyberpunk. In Silicon Valley, Facebook, Google, Apple, and Microsoft are all devoted to perfecting concepts first popularized in science-fiction novels, ranging from virtual reality to virtual assistants. Major…




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John Brownlee

John Brownlee

writer, editor, journowhatsit. Design, tech, and health is my beat. Editor-in-chief of Folks ( Ex-Fast Company, Wired, and more.

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