The most accurate prediction of the 1967 film 1999 A.D. was that of "fingertip shopping". With a video console channeled into the store of your choice you could (gasp!) shop from home.
The "electronic correspondence machine" (or "home post office") was also quite visionary, although it seems no one was betting on the QWERTY keyboard.
You can find 1999 A.D. on the DVD Yesterday's Tomorrows Today, released by A/V Geeks.
See also:1999 A.D. (1967)Monsanto House of the Future (1957-1967)
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I love how "futuristic" the gender roles are here...
"This is Bob. Bob is ordering Enzyte through his console."
Indeed. Money quote: "What the wife orders on her console, the husband pays for on his counterpart console." With what looks like a microfiche of the bill!
Also interesting how every task has its own monitor.
These things never count on social changes, do they?I wonder how the film would have been received if it showed the man ordering clothes and the woman paying bills. Probably about as well as a video with a gay couple would be received today.
And, uh, Ma Bell will just run all these zillions of wires (circuits) behind the scenes. It will scale beautifully, we promise!
Isn't it cute how they made things harder than they needed to be? Mom looks at clothes that are live on camera instead of just a representative image. There's a neighborhood geek squad to come repair your computer (that looks like a complicated 8 track stereo receiver combo).
You always need to filter out the cultural from the technological.....this is a pretty good representation of what we can do today on the Internet.
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Dad's office is cluttered with all those machines! Seems like someone envisioned computing would develop sort of like kitchens, with a specialized appliance for each task.
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Thanks for the mention!
Online shopping give us the oppurtunity to purchase things from market.Nowadays a lot of people can do shopping through the internet.
I swear the guy in the piece is Wink Martindale - future game show host.
It is Wink Martindale! See my other posts about 1999 A.D. for more.
They forgt something you need high speed broadband, which we have today for such things to work plus what did standards did they use for they computer networks to work. Standards are required for device from different manufacturers to communicate.We have those to run the internet. This idea of comparing an "electronic correspondence machine" to someting like "home post office" wouldn't work because the service provider is one that deals with all that kind of stuff as might be already aware of, for this electronic system to work they sould of copied the postal service, basically this "electronic correspondence machine" is just an email terminal which communicates via an external network and service provider(electronic post office) to the rest of the world.
Nowadays we are becoming more and more technology sense and internet fastened. We find online shopping as a convenience means of shopping. Online shopping helps us avoiding any traffic jams, parking problems. Moreover it is an easy process. In recent days, the online shopping has taken pace and most of the companies actually encourage their perspective customers to go online shopping by introducing online discounts on various items.
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