Monday, May 19, 2008

Amazing 1954 prediction

Text says:
Scientists from the RAND corporation have created this model to illustrate how a "Home Computer" could look like in the year 2004. However, the needed technology will not be economically feasible for the average home. Also the scientists readily admit that the computer will require not yet invented technology to actually work, but 50 years from now scientific progress is expected to solve these problems. With teletype interface and the FORTRAN language, the computer will be easy to use.
This prediction, in 1954 shows how wrong one can be!


Donald Clark said...

Yes - it's wrong. It is in fact an internet hoax, the result of a Graphics competition. The man, 50s TV and printer were all added with Photoshop in a competition.
Circa 2004

I saw this being presented recently at a conference by a academic who thought it was real.

Anonymous said...

Fun picture. I googled it before checking the comments and found it was a Hoax. I couldn't imagine what I would do with all of those switches and meters unless I was running a nuclear reactor in my basement.