Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Predictions That Weren't Meant to Be

I can't help but like stuff like this blog, which takes "a look into the future that never was".

It also reminds me of this:

Apu remembers his computer training course [in the late '70s]:

Apu: I enrolled in Springfield Heights Institute of Technology
under the tutelage of the brilliant Professor John Frink...

Frink: Well, sure, the Frinkiac-7 looks impressive, [to student] don't touch it! [back to class] but I predict that within 100 years, computers will be twice as powerful, 10,000 times larger, and so expensive that only the five richest kings of Europe will own them.

Apu: Could it be used for dating?

Frink: Well, theoretically, yes. But the computer matches would be so perfect as to eliminate the thrill of romantic conquest. Mw-hurgn-whey.

[HT: Mark Shea]

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