Saturday, February 9, 2013

Walter Cronkite in the Home of the 21st Century (1967)

I love looking at antique views of how the future was supposed to be. This one was pretty damn close. The main thing he didn't predict is the fact that all of these communication machines are combined into a single machine... and that machine can fit into your pocket.

Although Kronkite's "kitchen of the future" is so far off the mark that the entire thing is laughable.

 Legendary news anchor Walter Cronkite’s regular half-hour CBS documentary program “The 21st Century” was a glorious peek into the future. Every Sunday night viewers of the late 1960s were shown all the exciting technological advancements they could expect to see just 30 or 40 years down the road. The March 12, 1967, episode gave people a look at the home of the 21st century, complete with 3D television, molded on-demand serving dishes, videophones, inflatable furniture, satellite newspaper delivery and robot servants.

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