Imagine you’re flipping through an issue of Popular Science from 1967 and come upon several references to “blogging.” Pretty fantastic, eh? No, that didn’t actually happen, of course — but you can experience a similarly spooky sensation while checking out a 33-year-old IBM corporate slide-show presentation.
Discovered by the site Square America, this PowerPoint progenitor shows that online was a new buzzword way back in 1975 — when we thought Lite-Brites were pushing the techno-envelope. Your host, who looks like Yves Saint Laurent’s wonkish/brutish half-brother, will guide you through what to expect in the future of the past. The hardware is a bit large; in one photo a woman is standing before a row of what are either mainframe computers or washers at the Laundromat. Perhaps the scariest aspect of all this comes in realizing what awaits us: The next generation will watch an ad for that pokey old iPhone and condescendingly declare us “adorable.”
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