20 Years Ago, AT&T Predicted the Future and Here's How They Did

Back in '93 and '94, AT&T released a series of "You Will" ads touting the future. For fun, watch them all in this compilation and see how accurate they were.

Some of this they nailed. I attend meetings all week long in my bare feet with people on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. Some of this we've long surpassed. We're not video talking at a phone booth or buying concert tickets and renewing our driver's license at a kiosk, we're doing it all from our computers and smartphones from just about anywhere in the world.

We're not quite there with a few of these predictions. I can't buy groceries that way, although I can scan my own items. I also believe Canada is lagging behind on that whole "medical history in your pocket" concept. And opening your door with the sound of your voice? That just sounds dangerous.


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Blind Dave

I didn't like the door/voice bit either, but there is amazing foresight in this group of ads. Mind you, it is predicting near future rather than 50+ years, but they are well done and credit where credit is due.

September 1, 2014 @ 12:35 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Very cool to watch. Too bad many hospitals run different EMR systems, or we would be at the medical history on your health card scenario.

September 1, 2014 @ 4:23 PM

Ben Vidal

Was that Magnum P.I. doing the voice over?

September 2, 2014 @ 8:39 AM


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