This was taken from a video released in 1967. I watched the entire video as I was curious about what past predications have come true in the world of technology. While a lot of the predictions about how the kitchen and home itself were going to change in the future were quite a ways off. About the only thing they got right was the programmable microwave and the reliance on frozen foods.
I selected this clip about online shopping and reliance on electronic interaction, while the tech itself was wrong, the concepts were dead on. Online shopping was in full swing by 1999 and the .COM fallout was still a year into the future. Being able to predict that may seem perfectly logical to us now, but back then it probably seemed like a very large leap. Just reminds me how we’re trying to look at the evolution of the technology in this class and struggling to come up with our own predictions.
I remember giving a speech in my English class in 1995 about how I believed the future would change. I focused on how the concept of money would alter. People would no longer write checks or pay in cash, instead they would use debit cards like they do credit cards. Difference is that the money would come directly from their bank accounts. At the time people couldn’t really see the fundamental change it would bring, asking about how you would exchange money with each other and getting hung up on the more trivial things then the replacement of the physical medium. Today I can answer that exchanging money between people usually doesn’t happen, at least in my circle. People are “in debt” for a soda, or a sandwich, etc. and at a restaurant its not uncommon to pay with 5 different cards. I never would have predicted that form of interaction back then, but I can tell you that my debit card has safely replaced cash. I can probably still count on my fingers the number of times I’ve had cash in my wallet this year.