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Times predicts world-altering tech in ’82, still can’t figure it out

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Twenty-nine years ago today, a New York Times article reported on a National Science Foundation report predicting “a style of life defined and controlled by videotex terminals throughout the house.”

The article called it simultaneously “appealing and threatening,” and while it’s not quite videotex (which never really caught on) I think you’d have a hard time arguing that the videotex terminal the NSF mentioned hasn’t become the computer.

Yes, the Times, the United States’ hallmark newspaper, reported on the predicted rise of the internet, and only sort of figured how to leverage it financially and only did so recently. With the news media taking way too long to realize how important the internet is to their bottom line, and it is sort of (I do love journalism, after all) funny to see how the rise of technology was predicted, reported on and then ignored almost completely.


Written by Matt

June 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm

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