I love seeing old video of new technology or predictions of the future. Here’s a classic piece from 1963 called Timesharing: A solution to Computer Bottlenecks which is basically about cloud computing. It truly is amazing how far we’ve come when it comes to computers. Even the web as we know has transformed dramatically since 1993, nevermind 1963! Also, keep this in mind, some day in the future people will look back at our technology and laugh at how primitive we were.
One of my favorite sites to visit is Paleofuture which covers the wild and whacky and sometimes eerie predictions of the future from days gone by. Here are some of my favorite visions of the future from the past.
1999 AD (1967) has gotten a great deal of attention in the press lately because of the uncanny predictions that were made in the movie. Some of the innovations they covered were things like the internet, online shopping, online bill paying, live video chat, automated kitchen, microwave meals, maximized health and more. It’s incredible how something from over 40 years ago could describe many of the technologies that we use today such as the Internet.
Here’s some news coverage of the movie: (You will recognize one of the actors from the movie)
Here’s the intro to 1999 AD:
Here’s a another video clip of 1999 AD which will surely impress you. Remember, this was made over 40 years ago!
Here’s a clip of home shopping, online bill pay, email and even twitter (OK maybe not that one) and more:
Both 1999 AD and Future Shock are part of the Yesterday’s Tomorrow Today DVD from A/V Geeks.
The legendary Orson Welles starred in Future Shock (1972) which made some bold statements about the dangers of a technological future overloaded with information! Sound familiar? It’s based on a book by Alvin Toffler.
Here’s a video clip of the Orson Welles introduction to Future Shock:
Here’s part 1 of 5 of the entire film:
Here’s part 2 of 5:
Here’s part 3 of 5:
Here’s part 4 of 5:
Here’s part 5 of 5:
Here’s the author of Future Shock:
Things to Come (1936) is a movie from 1936 based on the H.G. Wells’ classic. It peers into 100 years into the future of 2036 and while most of the wild predictions were way off (we landed on the moon 50 years sooner than Wells surmised), the anti-war theme and the perils of a new plague were powerful elements of the story.
Maybe it’s part of my uber-geekiness but I just LOVE this stuff. There are tons of amazing predictions of the future from our past. Sure, there are many silly and ridiculous predictions (like flying cars), but there are also plenty of fascinating ones as well. I think it’s just as much fun to predict our technological future today.
So, sit back and grab some popcorn and your mountain dew and enjoy a techno classic called “TRIUMPH OF THE NERDS” in its entirety.
Here is the entire movie
Nerds 2.0.1: A Brief History of the Internet (1998) is the 3-hour documentary sequel to Triumph of the Nerds, written and hosted by Robert X. Cringely. Nerds 2.0.1 was broadcast two years prior to the 2000 dot-bust of Silicon Valley. It documents the development of the ARPANET, the Internet, the World Wide Web and the Dot-com boom of the mid and late 1990s. Notice how the title pre-dated the whole Web 2.0 craze by almost a decade!
Here’s the entire movie
Recent Documentaries on Silicon Valley
In Search of the Valley is a 2004 documentary about three friends who went to Silicon Valley and interviewed some of the giants of computer history.
Wikipedia History of Computers chronicles the historic events in the history of computers.
Wikipedia History of the Internet offers up a detailed timeline of the major moments in the history of the Internet.