Roth sends along a 1967 prediction of what shopping in the future would be like. Move over e-Bay!
A little of what we see is familiar. Instead of analog dials, we have digital point-and-click. But the rest is prrreettttyyy close. Just overlook the fact that the man seems to be pulling the paper out from underneath the “printer.”
Many of the 20th-Century Fred-Flintstone predictions of the future foretold “labor-saving” devices in a mass utopia. They didn’t predict mass layoffs in an elitist employer’s market. But then lulling us to sleep may have been part of the plan.
Just for comparison, here’s a history of the computer done as a class project (so not necessarily well-researched). We can see the gradual way … scratch that … incredibly-rapid way things changed since the silicon chip was first discovered in the 1947 Roswell UFO and delivered to Hughes Aircraft for back-engineering (not covered in the video).
The computer will still emerge as a labor-saving device in a mass utopia. Here is SaLuSa on the computer of the future and how it will aid humanity – all of it this time; not just the elite. It took a little while longer but we will indeed get there.
“We … have magnificent computers that literally have a mind of their own. Yours by comparison are very basic, but serve your requirements for present. All of the new technologies will be yours to use to speed up the changes, and establish a communications network that will seemingly overcome the impossible. Distance will be no obstacle wherever you are in the world. …
“Television as you understand it now will be eventually superseded by holographic images that are of course 3D, and in their experimental stage on Earth already.” (1)
“Advanced computers, and the introduction of robotic control will speed up methods of manufacture. Man will always have a place in such matters, but one of a supervisory order. The use of Manpower for labour-intense projects will gradually cease, and exotic machines will carry out multiple tasks that are currently time consuming.” (2)
“Once we can get together you will enjoy the chance to work with us. We come to share our knowledge with you, and your professional people and engineers will enjoy the chance to use our advanced technologies. As you might expect we are so far ahead of you in computer technology that you be in awe of the advancements that have been made. They live and have a mind of their own, and are so sophisticated compared to your level of understanding.
“They will be there for your comfort and carry out what you would call the menial tasks. You are undoubtedly ready for such a quantum leap forward, and you will apply such knowledge for the good of all Mankind. Hitherto your own advancements have been held back for the benefit of the privileged few, and often it has been for military purposes only.” (3)
I’ll have my Margarita on the patio, Jeeves, and spend my evening in Acapulco. Please make all the arrangements.
(1) SaLuSa, April 17, 2009, at http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/First_Contact/Channeled_Messages_by_Mike_Quinsey.htm
(2) SaLuSa, April 13, 2009.
(3) SaLuSa, Nov. 7, 2008.