Tom Selleck and ATTs predictions about the 21st century turn out to

first_imgWay back in 1993, that marvelous paragon of masculine mustachivity, Mr. Tom Selleck, played host to a series of AT&T advertisements forecasting with Criswell-like soothsaying the technical marvels that we would all enjoy in the new millennium. 17 years later, DVICE has catalogued all of Selleck’s predictions and made up a score sheet, seeing how he did. Surprisingly, Selleck and AT&T were shockingly accurate about what technology we’d take for granted in 2010. For example, Selleck accurately predicted the coming of e-books and e-readers like the Kindle (as well as initiatives like Project Gutenberg and, arguably, the rise of e-book DRM when he posited that we’d be able to “borrow a book from thousands of miles away.” Selleck also accurately predicted the rise of GPS units, video conferencing, distance learning, streaming movies on demand and even Electronic Toll Collection. Where’d Selleck’s predictions breakdown? He thinks that by 2010, we’ll buy concert tickets from a cash machine, which seems pretty quaint. He thinks people will still be using faxes in 2010, which is arguably true, but more irrelevant by the day. And for some reason, he thinks we’ll be able to tuck our babies into bed from phone booths. Still, this is a heck of a lot better of a track record than many so-called futurists.Read more at DVICElast_img read more

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