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The World of Tomorrow [Apr. 1st, 2009|09:15 pm]
The Salon:1890-1930


1928: Science fiction writer envisions a future when we can watch functioning television broadcasts in our own home. And on it, we can see someone trying to sell us something.


[User Picture]From: malkhos
2009-04-02 03:41 am (UTC)
My first impression is : my God I want that lampshade!

More substantively, you'll notice the mouse he has.

I've read some of Gernsback's stories on this theme. What he is envisioning is the order done over two-way broadcast TV, then a giant automatic process (with lots of robot arms like Chuck Jones' 'House of the Future') moves the merchandise from the basement of the department store in New York to the basement of the buyer's house in New Jersey or Conneticut through a gigantic series of underground conveyor belts that are routed mechanically--the package has little arms extended that will interact with other arms on the belt system, directing it toward its final destination.

Come to think of it, I wouldn't mind if my computer looked like that too--although you'd need a wireless mouse and keyboard.
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