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Oct072007

The Future is Now (1955)


The 1955 short documentary The Future is Now showed viewers what technological changes they could expect in the near future. The clip below demonstrates home video, videophone and electronic music.

 


 

What do you wear to answer the phone? What difference does it make? None, today! But tomorrow, if videophone comes, as well it might, then the world has found itself another problem.


A special thanks to Jake over at the Paleo-Future Google Group for alerting us to the TCM airing of this paleo-futuristic classic.

 

See also:
Television Phone Unveiled (1955)
Futuristic Phone Booth (1958)
Governor Knight and the Videophone (Oakland Tribune, 1955)
Face-to-Face Telephones on the Way (New York Times, 1968)
Disney's Magic Highway, U.S.A. (1958)
Picturephone as the perpetual technology of the future

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Neat! I actually have one of them electronic television camera things that takes moving pictures in black and white or colour, which I can then play back without processing. It's not as big as that guy's, though.

It's my girlfriend, however, that's more into the electronically synthesized music than I am. We tried the videophone thing on our personal computers as well, but unfortunately, the sound needed a lot of work...

October 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCory

Less than a decade later, the first Moog synthesizer was demonstrated...

October 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMs. Bizarro

I don't know why, but that rendition of "Camptown Races" sounded like a very primitive MIDI file to me, or the earliest electronic musical greeting cards, which appeared around 1983.

January 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

This is totally unrealistic! While the videophone is a reasonably close approximation of Skype, the fact that the two people calling each other aren't having cybersex exceeds my ability to suspend disbelief. Who's ever heard of such a thing?? :-D

January 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDatan0de

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