Professor of History, Texas A&M University
Jonathan Coopersmith is a historian of technology at Texas A&M University. He has written about the history of the fax machine (FAXED. The Rise and Fall of the Fax Machine was the co-recipient of the 2016 Business History Conference Hagley Prize for best book in business history), failure and technology, Russian electrification, pornography and communications technologies, and the role of frothy and fraudulent firms in emerging technologies.
The fax machine is a symbol of obsolete technology long superseded by computer networks but faxing is actually growing in popularity. Four years ago, I wrote a history of 160 years of faxing, saying my book covered the...