The BBC broadcasted the science and technology showcase show Tomorrow's World
(titles on piano
) on 7 July 1965 on BBC1, it ran for 38 years until it was cancelled at the beginning of 2003. Unlike the boosterism of US science programs, Tomorrow's World was more famous for it's live stunts and wry outlook ( James Burke experiences the "convenient" office of the future
and the future of home gardening
and crushing ennui
). The BBC has an archive of episodes and clips for UK visitors
, everyone else will have to be content with clips concerning Home Computers
, New Banking
, Nellie The School Computer
, The Elliot Light Pen
, Mobile Phones
, and Moog Synthesizers.
. Awesome graphics. Online community.
No, I'm not talking about the latest handheld device to hit the market, I'm talking about Control Data's PLATO
system. [more inside]
hawked Commodores. IBM tried the cast of M*A*S*H
, but without Alan Alda
, who played Atari. Bill Cosby
was a Texas Instruments man. Compaq gave us some funny ones with John Cleese
. Bill Bixby
pushed Tandy with a straight face. Buzz Aldrin, The Pointer Sisters, Tommy LaSorta, and Tip O'Neil
pitched the Amiga. I guess I should include George Plimpton's
Intellivision spots. Apple's covered by everyone else
. Who did I miss?