This video is the Internet as conceived in 1969. I think it turned out even better than expected.

They foresaw electronic mail (a “post office”), e-commerce and online banking. They seem to have missed all the fun stuff – or didn’t want to think about it. Of course, this is just a clip, but I don’t see education in the mix either. these weren’t the only people imagining an electronic, connected world during the 1960s. They also really separated the roles that men and women would play in using the Net.

Also back in those heady 1960s, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, futurist/sci-fi writer, was often asked about what 2001 would be as compared to his 2001: A Space Odyssey. In 2000, he said:

We could be in instant contact with each other, wherever we may be, where we can contact our friends anywhere on earth, even if we don’t know their actual physical location. It will be possible in that age, perhaps only 50 years from now, for a man to conduct his business from Tahiti or Bali just as well as he could from London…. Almost any executive skill, any administrative skill, even any physical skill, could be made independent of distance. I am perfectly serious when I suggest that one day we may have brain surgeons in Edinburgh operating on patients in New Zealand.

Although the video below seems a bit quaint today, the “Global Village” that Marshall MacLuhan envisioned back in the 60s does sound a lot like the newest media and the social media we are using now to read this post and watch the video. I think that would please Marshall.

MacLuhan comes in at 2:45 in this report about “The World is a Global Village” from Canada’s CBC TV.