10 Ridiculously Specific Predictions That Came True

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4. Apple


Predicted: Touchscreen devices and Siri in 1987.

In 1987 (a great year for future-predicting, if you ask Roger Ebert), Apple made a promotional video entitled “Knowledge Navigator”, which looked into the future at some of the tech innovations that might be part of our lives in oh, say, 25 years or so. As you may be able to predict (sorry), the accuracy gets more and more unsettling throughout.

The video depicts a professor preparing for that afternoon’s lecture. His work is being done on a proto-iPad , a flat tablet PC (with an old-style Mac OS) with a touchscreen, and that’s the least weird aspect if this video.

Most of his interaction is done through the titular “Knowledge Navigator”, which is a voice-controlled assistant the likes of which you may associate with certain Apple products. During his work, the professor takes a video call from a colleague right in a separate window on his device, which of course is Skype in a nutshell.

Weirdest of all, at one point the professor calls up a five-year old article that is stated to be from 2006. A calendar is shown with September being the current date; this means that the video must take place sometime in late 2011, right about the time the iPhone 4S launched—and Apple’s voice-controlled assistant Siri debuted. If only she had a cool Steve Nye-looking avatar, like in the video.

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