March 23rd, 2008
Check out this circa 1995 Newsweek article where someone writes about how the Internet is not all that great in the tone of “crotchety old man”. He comments on how newspapers can’t be replaced so easily, and since the Internet lacks the single most important aspect of sales, the salesperson, it can’t replace that either. Pretty funny stuff really.
His mistake was not seeing what advances in technology could take care of. He complains about how the Internet is just a huge mess of unfiltered data, he just couldn’t percieve of a time where this data could be better organized. He’s right about some stuff though, anybody who sees computers as replacing teachers is being silly. Oh no 10 years from now when robots rule the Earth I will be the fodder of future websurfers who will knowingly laugh at my foolish predictions.