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1981 Sees Future of Internet News: "Copy and Save Anything"

1981 Sees Future of Internet News: "Copy and Save Anything"

Imagine sitting down at a computer to read your newspaper? This 1981 evening newscast did. They saw the future of newspapers but weren't too scared! "It takes over two hours to receive the entire text of the newspaper over the phone, and with an hourly use charge of $5, the new telepaper (ed. telepaper?) won't be much competition for the 20 cent street edition," the anchorwoman smugly said. Too bad they forgot to imagine watching the evening news from a computer!

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silversnowflake silversnowflake 6 years
Wow. I don't feel old at all right now. Nope not at all... I can't wait till all I have to do is think and then there will be a lovely smoothie in my hand. Wait that might take a while... I'll stick with the internet and iRobot and the future discovery that unicorns are real.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 7 years
I wonder what life will be like 29 years from now. People will probably be laughing at predictions from today while they sit in their hover crafts :). Anyone seen WALL-E? Think we'll be drinking our food?
janneth janneth 7 years
When I was a kid, we read our news on paper, big sheets of paper folded together. There were special sections for sports, business, etc. You could even pay to have someone put it on your porch every morning. Paper, um it was made from tree pulp. From trees, very large plants, taller than a person, with a stiff wooden "stem", and smaller wooden stems with green,um, oh nevermind.
janneth janneth 7 years
When I was a kid, we read our news on paper, big sheets of paper folded together. There were special sections for sports, business, etc. You could even pay to have someone put it on your porch every morning. Paper, um it was made from tree pulp. From trees, very large plants, taller than a person, with a stiff wooden "stem", and smaller wooden stems with green,um, oh nevermind.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
We had a commodor 68 comp and that was the shizz back then lol :) and it's 8 track, I only know because we had one in our truck when I was a kid. And I am only 28 :)
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
My daughter doesn't understand the concept that the cell phone wasn't always around. I told her one day that I didn't have my cell phone on me and couldn't call grandma. She all but went of on me (in her sweet 6 year old way of course) She told me I should charge it :) I said you realize there is life beyond a cell phone and she looked at me puzzled, like what do you mean? haha
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
What I'm waiting for are HoloDecks, Replicators and Transporters.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
I'm only 20 (turning 21 this year :)), but I've lived through am/fm walkmans, tape walkmans, cds, mp3's players and when I was a kinder we had an A Track Player in our Cadillac. I was using Windows 95 when I first started and the giant MAC's the size of tv's with the tiny screen. Now I would never spend the money it costs to get NY Times to delivered to the West Coast, or waste the paper, I just read it online. I'm kind of looking forward to getting a Kindle when the price goes down. As an avid reader I feel I owe it to the environment. I'll still get some special ed. copies of books I love though.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
I'm only 20 (turning 21 this year :)), but I've lived through am/fm walkmans, tape walkmans, cds, mp3's players and when I was a kinder we had an A Track Player in our Cadillac. I was using Windows 95 when I first started and the giant MAC's the size of tv's with the tiny screen.Now I would never spend the money it costs to get NY Times to delivered to the West Coast, or waste the paper, I just read it online.I'm kind of looking forward to getting a Kindle when the price goes down. As an avid reader I feel I owe it to the environment. I'll still get some special ed. copies of books I love though.
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
I hope I'm dead and gone before we are living in space pods. While I think it'd be an awesome once and a life time experience to go to space, I think I'd rather have my feet grounded on Earth. - That and look at anti-gravity issues. I mean, didn't you see Wall-E? :D
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
I hope I'm dead and gone before we are living in space pods. While I think it'd be an awesome once and a life time experience to go to space, I think I'd rather have my feet grounded on Earth.-That and look at anti-gravity issues. I mean, didn't you see Wall-E? :D
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
My Niece COULD NOT BELIEVE that I didnt have a computer when I was a kid. just couldnt fathom it at all.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 7 years
Let's not even start on the phones, I only know how to use mine and even then i'm always confused. Everything is so complicated, but I can't wait for the cars that fly lol and can go over water, then i could drive across the atlantic to see my family. How about living on Mars or living in space pods.
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
Amen Jude. Somedays it'd just be nice to hit a 'fly' button and go right over traffic!
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
I know what you mean nyaradzom. Just look at how much phones have changed. It's nuts. I've only been around for 26 years, but things are changing fast. There is no telling what my kids will have to teach me how to do. :)
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I'm still waiting on my damn flying car.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 7 years
It's amazing how much things have changed in my lifetime, first it was the walkman, then the discman, then the mp3 player then the ipod. And instead of renting a video from the video club i can watch movies online for free. I wonder what the next 30 years will bring.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I love incorrect predictions from the past!
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
haha lol
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
haha lol
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