In past posts I’ve shown you Ben Bova’s SF predictions on ebooks, Isaac Asimov’s view of the future of education, and other tech predictions, but would you believe that Atari, who is now remembered for being a gaming company, foresaw the rise of the WWW and our current reliance on tablets and smartphones for every aspect of our lives (my life, anyway)?
It’s true. They did.
Earlier today Bob Stein posted a series of concept drawings over on that he created with Glenn Keane, a well-known Disney animator. The drawings were made for Atari in 1982 and they show a remarkably accurate view of how we now use gadgetry in out every day life. The device Bob thought up was called the Intelligent Encyclopedia, but we would now be more familiar with it as a tablet or a smartphone.
Here’s a gallery of the drawings. I particularly like the one of the guy in an earthquake reaching for his gadget before even fleeing the house. It’s so true and it is certainly what I did when I was in one last summer. The kid who is drawing rude pictures of his teacher is also particularly striking.
Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.