Porn Pioneers: How Adult Entertainment Boosts Technology

The omnipresence of porn is just as much about nudity and the well-endowed as it is technology. From chatbots to virtual reality, erotica drives innovation.

HistoryofPornography

This is hardly surprising. But what you may not know is how much pornography has aided in the evolution and creation of the most coveted innovations. In fact, much of the technology we enjoy today is because of porn. From the iPhone touchscreen to the sexual driving force behind VR, pornography laid the groundwork for some of today’s most important technologies.

We’ve come a long ways from the writings of Pietro Arentino.

Printing press porn

Though sources cite Le Coucher de la Mariée as the birth of pornography, the erotic genre dates back much earlier than the 1896 film.

Johannes Gutenberg’s little machine both helped and hindered the growth and acceptance of pornography. With the increasing literacy and decreasing cost of printing, a completely new genre of human experience was created. But did you know one of the most well-respected literary works is also erotica? Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Though not written for the larger reading audience, this work was no less scandalous.

Super 8 at the Motel 6

The year was 1958. A young British photographer, Harrison Marks, began making 8mm short films of women undressing and posing topless. These films would become known as “glamour home movies.”

As technology advanced, the sales of 8mm cameras and projectors shot up. Super 8 cameras were cheap and extremely easy to use and, because of this convenience, became standard in the porn industry.

Debbie does standard formats

In the late 1970s, Betamax and VHS battled over which home viewing technology would reign supreme. Thanks to pornographers who settled the format war, selling adult content solely on VHS tapes and accounting for 50 percent of videotape sales in the US.

Jump ahead to the early 2000s, erotica once again changed the media format landscape welcoming DVDs with open arms… among other body parts.

Battle of the bulge

Like the format wars of the 70s and 90s, home viewing battled again with the advent of Blue-Ray discs. Though a technically lower picture quality, Blue-Ray discs offer up to nine hours of high-definition content… meaning more hours of hardcore hookups.

The MILF of cable tv

While it’s not the most glamorous story in the history books, it thanks a would-be ‘Girls Gone Wild’ that we have cable television. Before the Playboy Channel existed, there was the Manhattan Public Access Cable and it’s 80,000 subscribers.

Then George Urban launched “The Ugly George Hour of Truth, Sex and Violence,” where he convinced women on the streets of Manhattan to flash the camera. Thirteen episodes later, subscriptions were over 100,000. By the end of his second season, they were up to 300,000.

Looking for a friend

ASL, anyone?

Private chat sessions, peer-to-peer sharing, and other online social sites owe their existence to the porn industry. In the early 1990s, local, online communities were dominated by people buying, selling, and creating pornography. Domains like FriendFinder were founded the same year AOL launched its Instant messaging service.

Faster, faster, faster

Ever watched a flesh film on a dial-up connection? Not fun. While discussing dialup isn’t sexy, the demand for sexy content drove the market for improved internet infrastructure.

Penthouse led the charge when it began distributing 2400-baud modems to its readers so they could have faster access to the company’s XXX bulletin boards. As porn dominated the internet and the demand for more, different, better, and now, high-definition pornographic products, bandwidth was forced to grow.

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