When you’re sitting in the warmth and comfort of your car traveling down the expressway listening to your favorite music it’s easy to lose track of how fast the scenery outside is changing.
The same thing happens with technological evolution. Since we are inside the technology ‘car’ we don’t recognize how fast things have changed. The 1993 AT&T TV spots below are a good example. It was only 16 years ago, and shortly after the web was introduced, yet its predictions are amazingly dead-on. How many of their technology predictions are you already using today?
It’s also interesting to realize that they didn’t include any robots in their forecasts, and that robots (other than Roomba) have yet to appear on the scene in any practical fashion.