What the internet was going to be like in 1981
This is a fabulous report from KRON, a San Francisco TV station, in 1981, the year in which I started work as a journalist, a reporter on Accountancy Age.
Everything about this 2′17″ report is wonderful: the rounded-screen computers (which remind me of my first computer, an Osborne “suitcase”, in 1983); the dial phone; the handset coupler; the green capitals on lined screen; the advertising for the concept: “A world of information at your fingertips.” The reporter says that there are “an estimated two to three thousand home computer owners in the Bay area”. One of whom says he likes the idea of copying articles from newspapers and printing them out to save. “I think it is the future.”
Then the studio anchor points out what a laughable concept digital newspapers are: “It takes over two hours to receive a whole newspaper” over the telephone line, at a $5 hourly rate.futurology, technology
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