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Home living in 2004

Computer of the future (2004) as envisioned in 1954

The best element of this picture is not the steering wheel. It is the man in the suit — he worked for RAND, which is a pioneering organization in projecting scenarios and forecasting techniques. In his position, he knew his vision of the future was probably wrong… but, he appears fearless. And, that is what projecting is all about. It is not about being correct. It is about stretching creativity and our conceptualizations of the future, how it impacts us, and what we can do to get there –or avoid it. It is about creating a comfortable understanding of what might come.

Reflecting back: Yes. We have home computers, though they are not as large and cost much less than envisioned. And, amazingly, my home computer indeed has a Fortran compiler installed.