Category Archives: Science & Technology

Luton Airport’s digital employee…it’s like something from Total Recall.

On a recent trip from London’s Luton Airport, I encountered this helpful chap, who was on-hand to provide some guidance on how best to navigate one’s way through customs.

I’m sure this is quite a common technological advance at airports across the world, but it’s the first time I’ve seen such tech used first-hand. It’s like something from Total Recall.


The first YouTube video ever: 23rd April, 2005

Has it really been six years since YouTube first took to the online airwaves? No, not quite. But a month from now will see that magic milestone reached, so I went in search for the first ever YouTube video…and I found it.

Uploaded at 8.27pm on Saturday 23rd of April, 2005, YouTube’s inaugural video starred company co-founder Jawed Karim. It’s not terribly exciting, and it lasts a mere eighteen seconds, but it’s a historical moment nonetheless.

The ‘Me at the zoo‘ video is Karim standing in front of a herd of elephants at San Diego Zoo. His main insight is that these elephants have “really, really, really…long trunks”.

Anyway…watch it for yourself here: