Wednesday, April 08, 2009

A study in contrast

Two videos to compare and contrast. The first is a British Post Office video that was Crikey's video of the day today.

The second is the presentation from Pattie Maes on the "sixth sense"

The intent of this is not to make fun of the 1960s presentation, but instead to demonstrate how slow change in telecommunications really is. Yes the 1960s piece looks daggy, but doesn't the current wearable tech look daggy? Ignoring the dagginess, what part of the wideband from the 60s presentation doesn't sound like a 1990s pitch for broadband internet.

In fact the British Post Office piece (which I suspect is really 70s - it was Crikey that dated it 60s) is highly reminicent of what the Telecom Australia "Telecom 2000" report forecast in 1975. What they both missed was the PC - the realisation of the processing power that would make it into the home.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You are right about it being the 70s David, there is reference to "one new penny" being the UK's decimal coinage which was introduced Feb 1971. - StuartC