Have you ever been freaked out by TV commercials that correctly predicted the future more than 20 years in advance?
They feature a man walking barefoot through a beach-side villa, attending his business meeting via video conferencing, an inquisitive boy asking his computer for answers, and a group of friends who watch a movie on their TV just by selecting it from a menu of options.
The people of 1993 might not have had access to those technologies just yet, AT&T implied, but they would soon enough.
Unlike a lot of futuristic predictions, the “You Will” ads are so impressive because they don’t just shoehorn new services into existing technologies (the man sending a fax from the beach and the woman tucking her baby in from a video payphone being the lone exceptions).
Instead, they imagine the new technologies themselves, similar to how sci-fi writer Arthur C. Clarke imagined the internet and iPads — in 1968.
So who knows what we will be doing in 2027. Maybe sending faxes from beaches — AT&T never specified a timeline.
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