“This paper is largely a work of fiction, bordering on fantasy.”
And many of you will be familiar with the statement made by Ken Olsen, the head of Digital Equipment Corporation, in 1977:
“There is no reason for an individual to have a computer in his home.”*
This topic came up during a recent meeting wherein I was discussing the future of proposals (this was the question we posed at the APMP conference as part of ‘Grass Roots’ session). A few of the ideas brought up were met with such statements. Among the ideas were – Proposals that emulate the very best, most interactive web pages. Embedded video. Self opening links (they open when the page senses you are reading that line, etc.) and even more ‘far-fetched’ ideas.
The topic of Dawne’s paper and the comment that drew the professor’s remark? The internet, web and the her contention that, “In the not too distant future people will be making hotel and airline reservations, buying tickets to events and speaking with people around the world.”
* Interestingly, absolutely demonstrating how far off the mark the professor was, I ‘googled’ the Ken Olsen quote (it’s true!), on a computer (one of 4) in my home (in my jammies no less).