Did this 1993 film predict Google Glasses and iPads?

AT&T vision of the future includes concepts like OnStar, Siri, see-through displays and more

The folks at the AT&T Archives have dug up another "envisioning the future" video - this time from 1993, the same year that their "You Will" ad campaigns started (and right about the time the Internet started to take off).

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In this film, we visit with a family planning a wedding, a city planner facing off against a teacher who wants a community center built instead of more housing, and other assorted scenarios. Through the course of the 14-minute film, they utilize future technologies, including see-through displays, virtual reality gaming (bigger than Google Glasses, but similar in concept), an OnStar-like in-car phone system, and "intelligent agents" that operate similar to the Siri voice assistant on the iPhone 4S. We even get a glimpse of an iPad-like tablet (seen at the 1:25 mark) and some Surface-like tablets (in the virtual classroom, later in the video).

What's interesting to me is not so much the things they predicted, but how much has changed in the almost-20-years since this film was made. While the concepts presented here have come true in some form or another (although real-time language translation still doesn't exist), the companies presenting them have changed pretty dramatically. It's interesting to see these visions of the future still rely on a phone-based system, rather than computers or Internet-based system. Although, technically, videoconferencing via iPhone or tablet can still be considered a phone-based product.

What stands out in this video for you?

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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