Walter Kronkite recorded this vision of a fantastic, sci-fi future back in 1969. This “computerized communications console” is what a man might use to do work in the 21st Century, because in the future men do the work.
He can print a newspaper from some sort of a primitive copy machine. A closed circuit television lets him monitor the women of the house carrying out their chores. He can see a picture of the person he’s talking to on his speakerphone.
Ah, the pace of change.
We almost ran out of future, but now since the ‘nuclear option’ has been deployed in the Senate, we might just have a chance to outrun it again!
May The Force Prevail…
That’s funny. All those devices in the office of the future now fit in our pockets.
I don’t know. I still think computers and cell phones are just a fad.
Like rock and roll.
I am a biologist. The “blueprint”, so to speak of a living thing is its DNA, so it is highly useful to determine the sequence of various pieces of DNA. When I started grad school, 20-ish years ago, the state of the art methodology was called “Sanger dideoxy sequencing”, named after Fred Sanger, who won is second Nobel prize for developing this 15 years before. It cost about $200 to generate 250 base pairs (letters) of sequence, or about $1/base. Earlier this week I signed a contract to get 300 billion bases of sequence (that’s not a typo), for 0.0000001 cents/base. That’s a 100 billion-fold improvement in 20 years. My phone is significantly more powerful than the computer I used in grad school. Staggering. Imagine what wondrous things we may be using 20 years from now.