A 1967 video by the BBC titled “Tomorrow’s World: Home Computer Terminal” is an amusingly archaic vision of what today’s world was envisioned to look like. In the video, an industrial consultant who works from home checks his daily schedule and bank account, and even helps his young son with lessons from a large, clunky typewriter-like machine that looks nothing like the technology of today.
While depictions of the interface and product design were way off base, the language that describes the benefits of integrated computer technology in the home is almost spot-on. Earlier this week, CNN covered a new concept in development from AT&T that predicted most homes in the future will be run right from a personal tablet.
At the Affordable World Security Conference earlier this year, Scientific American editor Fred Guterl took a more dramatic tone when describing digital integration into human lives.