Journalism Think Tank Predicted The iPad In 1994

In this incredible footage unearthed from 1994, we discover a group of journalists and tech geeks at the Knight Ridder think tank who pretty much predicted the iPad as an electronic newspaper. They even had a modern-looking prototype incorporating text, audio, video, and graphics. “It may be difficult to conceptualize the idea of digital paper, but that’s what we think is going to happen,” said Roger Fidler, almost 20 years ago. “We may still use computers to create information, but we’ll use the tablet to interact with information: reading, watching, listening.” Nerds really do know best. TC mark


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  • eggophilia

    didn't douglas adam also predict an ipad-like book as the hitch hiker's guide to the galaxy?

  • P. H. Madore

    Steve Jobs dreamed that thing in the 80s. Newton was the company's first try at an iPhone.

  • atsroy

    Did we really look that in '94?

  • antwan

    This is grand! haha. sidenote: '1994' sounds so nice doesn't it?

    i'm weird.

  • sidebar

    I love that 'technologist' used to be an occupation

  • Fernacular

    freaking nerds am i right guys

  • asdfghjkl;

    If you think that's crazy, did you know a guy named Vannevar Bush came up with the concept of the internet in 1945? That's roughly 45 years before it was actually realized.. Alot has happened since then

  • Whatever

    … Wait, this is some sort of joke, right?

    Do you seriously think this is an even remotely novel concept?

    Hey people. Mark my words, you read it here first. One day we will have ROBOT SERVANTS. That's right. I know they're rip my idea off now, but it's for the betterment of humanity. My name may not, but my spirit will live on.

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