What Walter Cronkite thought 2001 would look like
Predictions about future technology are always interesting. Sometimes, the prediction is pretty mainstream, like a mobile phone. Other times they’re a little more ambitious. I’m still waiting for my flying car.
But one thing is always guaranteed: Predictions about the future are always fun to watch decades later — particularly if they star Mr. Walter Cronkite in a March 12, 1967 episode of the CBS show "The 21st Century" depicting what life would look like in 2001.
But what makes this video interesting is how close it is to the truth he strays with his predictions about the 21st century living room. Obviously, it's all the basic context of the late '60s with regards to aesthetics, but it's pretty dead on when it comes to the tough stuff.
Granted, 1967 wasn’t too long ago — and, let’s face it, 3D still isn’t happening — but we have the capabilities to easily create a living room identical to Cronkite’s prediction.
Not only could we do a surround-sound in-home theatre that would make it seem like you were at the concert, it would be easy to add a large screen that plays 3D football games, and you could DVR all the movies you want. Plus, the controller — which is depicted as the size of a foosball table — would be the size of a cell phone, and you could probably operate it from anywhere. If we so surpassed Cronkite’s predictions in the 1990s, it’s interesting to think what a video made today would look like. I say we bring back the flying cars idea. It must happen eventually.
In fact — sorry Mr. Cronkite — as far as predictions go, this one is a little uninspired. And that’s the way it is.
Source of video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ituFqnI0ANo&feature=player_embedded