Friday, February 26, 2010

Time travellin' to 1995

Threewordchant typed up a Newsweek article from 1995 explaining why the internet sucks. It's pretty hilarious, but I think it is scary thinking that it was just 15 years ago that this sort of argument wouldn't seem completely nuts.

Then there’s cyberbusiness. We’re promised instant catalog shopping–just point and click for great deals. We’ll order airline tickets over the network, make restaurant reservations and negotiate sales contracts. Stores will become obselete. So how come my local mall does more business in an afternoon than the entire Internet handles in a month? Even if there were a trustworthy way to send money over the Internet–which there isn’t–the network is missing a most essential ingredient of capitalism: salespeople.

This probably made sense in 1995, but there has been so much advancement so quickly that I wouldn't blink if someone told me that we'll have holographic computers in our palms that we control with our minds in 10 years.

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