The Internet Imagined in 1969

The gender stereotypes might be backward-looking (we’ll make up for it later in the day), but the technological vision is on the mark, right down to email, e-commerce and online banking. Of course, these weren’t the only people imagining an electronic, connected world during the 1960s.

In 1964, the futurist Arthur C. Clarke peered into the future and saw our connectedness coming. By 2000, he predicted, “We could be in instant contact with each other, wherever we may be,” and “it will be possible in that age … for a man to conduct his business from Tahiti or Bali just as well as he could from London.”

And then Marshall McLuhan understood the trend too. He saw electronic media turning our world into a social one, a world where services like Facebook and Twitter would make complete sense. You can watch the prescient Marshall McLuhan right here.  H/T Sasa

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  • http://neurobonkers.com Neurobonkers

    Oh the hours of joy that can be attained from youtube surfing archive footage and PSA’s.

  • Inky Pinky

    Hmm, it looks modern, but more striking in what it fails to predict. The e-commerce for example is imagined by video link…

  • Ricchard Dawes

    The first internet concept appeared sixty years earlier when E M Forster wrote a novella in 1909 entitled the “Machine Stops”; predicting the internet and many more current technology. Full story link is below and a Wikipedia entry

    http://archive.ncsa.illinois.edu/prajlich/forster.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Machine_Stops

  • Lee Cox

    Given that the first email was sent between Berkley and Stanford in 1969, that’s not much of a leap of faith is it?

  • Squelch Quelch

    Cool! Wink Martindale’s first starring role. :)

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