Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Future Events Such as These Will Affect You in the Future

A 1967 vision of 1999. Email! Internet shopping! Multiple flatscreens! Husband paying wife's bills!

Snopes has some info:

The video clip shown above - an excerpt from a 1967 Philco-Ford production entitled "Year 1999 A.D.," starring a young Wink Martindale - did a fairly good job of anticipating some ways (if not the specific forms) in which technology might be used in daily life more than three decades in the future. Concepts such as "fingertip shopping," an "electronic correspondence machine," and others envisioned in this video anticipate several innovations that became commonplace within a few years of 1999: e-commerce, webcams, online bill payment and tax filing, electronic funds transfers (EFT), home-based laser printers, and e-mail.

Via a commenter on this article on the AV Club.