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Learning in 1999 A.D. (1967)

Today, we have more from the 1967 film 1999 A.D. This clip shows the way children of the future will learn. The personal computer, audio lectures and computerized testing are demonstrated. The concept is strikingly similar to the "Answer Machine" of 1964 we looked at a while back.



You can find 1999 A.D. on the DVD Yesterday's Tomorrows Today, released by A/V Geeks.

See also:
1999 A.D. (1967)
1999 A.D. Intro (1967)
Online Shopping (1967)
1999 A.D. Controversy
Hawaii as Educational Resort (1970)
The Answer Machine (1964)
Homework in the Future (1981)
The Road Ahead: Future Classroom (1995)
Closer Than We Think! (1958-1963)
Connections: AT&T's Vision of the Future (Part 7, 1993)
Project 2000 - Apple Computer (1988)

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Apparently ergonomics and posture have no role in the miraculous world of the future. (Especially love the couch - harsh angles, no padding, and a hard shelf behind to whack your head on!)

January 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWutzke

I like the fact that in spite of the awesome teaching machines, the kid is still dumb as a bag of rocks.

January 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNathan

He really looks bored. And lonely. I'm not sure that he wants to learn this stuff.

January 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterÅka

Isaac Asimov's "The Fun They Had".

Check the Wiki for it.

January 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjayessell

Clearly, they were off the mark. In today's society, he wouldn't "flunk". He would just be encouraged to examine what he answered correctly and spend the rest of the day at his "self-asteem" class.

January 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShayne

Don't you love the question about who ground the first telescope? Both choices are wrong. The first telescope was made by Hans Lippershey.

January 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Why are there 12 identical buttons, all labeled X and Y?

February 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterandyross

And why does 'y' come before 'x'?

February 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

And why does 'y' come before 'x'?

More 1967 gender inequality?

February 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAaron T.

This clip is hilarious. The child actor acts as if he's going to get a beating from his overbearing stage parents as soon as the shooting stops. I've seen prisoners sentenced to death who looked happier. And the images he's looking at as he learns about the weight of air looks as if he's found 60's-era Hanna-Barbera cartoons on YouTube.

February 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterL.N. Smithee

Jayessell mentions "The Fun They Had," which I remember from my fifth grade reader, an anthology of a variety of stories. Strange that I thought of this story too when I watched the kid getting quizzed by the machines

I remember back in grade school thinking how great it was that I was having "the fun" of a traditional classroom and hoping that 21st century kids wouldn't have to go to school like this. Glad the future doesn't always turn out like these paleo-futuristic films!

January 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

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