Apple's Knowledge Navigator (1987)
Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 1:26AM
Matt Novak in 1980s, apple, computers, internet, knowledge navigator, user interface, youtube

In 1987 Apple Computer produced a concept video for a hypothetical product called the Knowledge Navigator.

Having a normal conversation with your computer as though you were conversing with a friend seems to be the most paleo-futuristic aspect of this video. The inefficiency of such a system certainly raises questions about the user interfaces of tomorrow.

(Inefficiency aside, there's no doubt that I'd make my virtual butler wear a bowtie too.)

See also:
The Road Ahead: Future Homes (1995)
Picturephone as the perpetual technology of the future
AT&T "You Will" (1993)
Face-to-Face Telephones on the Way (New York Times, 1968)

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