One day, a computer will fit on a desk..


It’s easy to forget how quickly our world has changed, and continues to do so.

In this archival footage from 1974 we can see a computers filling a room while a discussion is being had about the future when one will fit on a desk.

Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke had the foresight to claim that one day computers will allow people to work from home and access their banking records. I wonder if he could have imagined they would end up being so small to fit in the palm of our hands.

Could he have then seen the day when cash would become obsolete as it was superseded with digital money? The more I look back at what some earlier science fiction writers thought the future would look like the more intriguing I find it how close they were.

The broaching of the social impact being connected to each other via computers is almost eerie as 40 years later we are now seeing those impacts. With psychologists now treating people for the impact social media is having in their lives. In Japan it’s believed up to 1 Million people never leaves their home as they get everything delivered and only talk to others online.

I only hope we don’t continue to go down this path of isolation. As advancements continue to happen at a rapid rate I hope we start to realise some of the things we have lost before they become such a distant memory that we don’t know how to get them back.

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