Tech predictions from 1993: Video phones, tablets and hovercars

Be happy you didn't live in the AT&T "world of 2003"

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I think what turns me off to these predictions is everything else "in the future" - the fashions are horrible, I'm still waiting for my barbershop to institute a "what kind of haircut do you want video mirror", and don't get me started on the hovercar.

It's almost like the people directing these prediction videos did a lot of work coming up with the technology predictions, but then said, "Oh, we need futuristic clothing, let's just go with bright colors and patterns, and add a hovercar." Even the film Back to the Future got the fashions wrong - that movie had people wearing "double ties", but at least other things seemed normal - heck, even Nike created a concept for their sneakers with the automatic tying laces and the coat that could auto-dry itself. I guess the bottom line is that if you're going to create a film or video that is predicting the future, try to stay away from figuring out what people are going to be wearing, and just put them in normal-looking clothes.

And don't forget to watch the rest of the Live from Bell Labs show - it also features appearances by Penn & Teller and the Flying Karamazov Brothers. For more details on the Live from Bell Labs shows, head to the AT&T Archives website.

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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