This video, which was produced in 1994 by a Newspaper industry think tank and more or less anticipates the age of tablet computing, has been going around the Web lately, and it’s so uncannily spot on about its predictions–so many of which have come true–that I want to make sure PW readers don’t miss it.
The video features Roger Fidler of the Knight-Ridder institute, where a group of journalists and technologies got together to imagine the future of Newspapers. What they came up with was almost exactly like the iPad. In the vision of the future according to this video, “”We may still use computers to create information, but we will use the tablet to interact with print, video and other information.” Aside from the fact that video predicted we’d have tablets in our hands by 2000, it’s pretty much right about how we would use tablets (and their smaller, unanticipated precursors, smartphones) to consume information.
Of course the video mentions books as well. There’s a lot to be learned from looking back at the future of the past, which, it turns out, really became the future. The video’s a bit long, but well-worth watching if you can spare a few minutes.