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Internet Prophecies 1971

From Boing Boing:

Prophecies of the Internet, 1971

“Paul Baran, co-inventor of packet switching — the core technology of the Internet — and a co-founder of Institute for the Future, the non-profit forecasting thinktank a report in 1971, titled “Toward a Study of Future Urban High-Capacity Telecommunications Systems.” At the time, Baran and his IFTF colleagues were considering how the military’s ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet, might someday change our everyday lives if it became publicly accessible. This particular report contained a delightfully prophetic page of forecasts titled “Brief Descriptions of Potential Home Information Services.” Here are a few of my favorites (remember, this was 1971!):”

Full page here.


Posted on: April 28, 2011, 10:46 am Category: Uncategorized

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  1. Eerily accurate!