The Future History of the Internet: 1969

I love past predictions of the future. Take this vision of the Internet, for example. So correct on the vision and yet so wrong on the details.

All that equipment and all it takes is this….

Sort of makes you wonder where we are wrong about our predictions today.

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11 Responses to The Future History of the Internet: 1969

  1. R.D. Walker says:

    AT&T was remarkably close in 1993. Heck, it looks like they presaged the iPad. Still, who in the hell would send a fax for any reason? An iPad could do it, but fax is pretty much obsolete.

    Still, it was a near perfect vision of 2012. Well, the only thing they really got wrong was the service provider.

  2. notamobster says:

    I love the past predictions, too! The AT&T commercial was less a prediction than it was a sampling of prototype tech they were working on.

    Was there a connection between what they were working on and what Apple worked on? Being that Apple makes the soft & hardware, while AT&T provides the comms – it makes sense that AT&T would work with Apple in some form of JV to bring this burgeoning tech to fruition.

    AT&T was the sole service provider of iPhone’s for how many years?

    From London to New York in a day! By aeroplane, no less.

    Funny spoof:

    Check out Monsanto’s House of the Future!

  3. R.D. Walker says:

    I had forgotten about their temporary monopoly on the iPhone. Good point.

  4. R.D. Walker says:

    Your second video demonstrates that speaking accents change of time as well as distance. That fast talking accent from the 1920s is unique and doesn’t really exist anywhere today.

    I wonder what people will sound like in 75 years? If the kids I talk to today are any indication, the accent of the future will be Charlie Brown’s teacher.

  5. notamobster says:

    πŸ™‚ future people will communicate through a complex series of grunts and moans, if today’s kids are the example.

    Fast-talking, eh? Paging locke n load.

  6. R.D. Walker says:

    The “funny spoof” made me want to slit my wrists.

  7. Ray Davies says:

    Some of us can remember when the internet was only between universities. My first home computer had a 20 meg hard drive and needed 2 floppy disks to boot it.

  8. notamobster says:

    RD – It was sad, but it did make me laugh. Kinda like idiocracy.

  9. Bman says:

    We had one of these when I was a kid.

    When the movie was roughly halfway over, you had to stick the jacket inside the player, pull it out, flip it over to the other side and insert it back into the player. They also were prone to skipping, like a regular record on grandpa’s HiFi.

  10. notamobster says:

    We used to rent a vcr – and ocassionally a laser disc player. My friend Cliff’s parents still have theirs.