Licklider’s article is as close to a prophecy that I have seen in my lifetime. Many of his points have come through to fruition. First when he speaks about computers communicating. When he mentions Face-to-Face communication through a computer, he makes that prophecy while only knowing that documents, or text can be shared through computers. That was quite a prediction.
Computers as a network for information were a pretty far off idea. It took a large development of the Internet to link computers together even in the most basic sense of the invention, however in dealing with the internet today, things are much more developed.
The cost of the internet, and socially speaking, how we interact, is a very interesting one to me. I think of how many people do not have the ability to use a computer, and the vast majority of the world that I live in currently, who have computers, it is hard for me to imagine not being able to use such a device. Now that I have a Smartphone, it is mind boggling to imagine a world with out it. I cannot imagine what a third world country citizen would do with that piece of technology.
I liked these articles. They made me think more about the actual history of the digital age. What came to mind the most was normally what we think of when we hear the word “Prophecy”. We doubt, we ignore, insult, and then become jealous and envious of what someone else has foreseen. Something that may have been right in front of us the entire time.