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 A Little Film About "the Future of 1999" 
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 A Little Film About "the Future of 1999"
This film, which I believe was made in 1968, depicts what the future world of 1999 might be like technology-wise for the common family.




I saw this in school around 1973 when I was in the third grade. I remember not knowing what the film was about before it started and was really struck when the woman writes "1999" as the year in the sand. I remember thinking "Wow, I'm seeing the future!", believing this was exactly what it will be like. I never thought I would see this short film ever again, but the magic of youtube once again amazes me.

Much of what is predicted here is a little far out, but other things--the home computer in particular--are pretty accurate. Shopping online, managing household bills and bankning and communicating with people around the world through the computer is pretty spot on. The only difference is we can do all this with a single computer and in the movie, they have several household computers doing specific jobs.

A note on the actors in this presentation:
As the title in the youtube link shows, the father is played by Wink Martindale who is mainly known as the host for the syndicated game show Tic-Tic-Dough.
The mother , I believe, is played by the actress who later guest-starred in the Star Trek episode "Spock's Brain" in 1969.


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 Re: A Little Film About "the Future of 1999"
i've got to check this out.

i'm still mad that my car doesn't fly and i don't live on the moon. :lol:

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Tue Nov 19, 2013 3:03 pm
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 Re: A Little Film About "the Future of 1999"
Yeah, that and everything would be powered through the wonders of Atomics.

Personally, I believe we've had the technology to set up a permanent settlement on the Moon for quite a long time now, but like so many things we could do but don't--it's cost prohibitive. Unless there's a way to make a lot of money with certain technologies, they will languish.
I wonder if the Internet would be as big as it is now, if it hadn't become commercialized.


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 Re: A Little Film About "the Future of 1999"
sadly beastball i 100% agree with you

its a sad comment on us as a race but its true.

sigh

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 Re: A Little Film About "the Future of 1999"
I love stuff like this. Thanks for sharing Beastball!

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Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:10 pm
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 Re: A Little Film About "the Future of 1999"
On an related note, did anyone see Amazon's plans to use air drones to deliver small packages?

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/amazon-unveils-futuristic-plan-delivery-by-drone/

I don't know how practical these things would be considering the potential chaos they could cause--not to mention every kid would try to knock 'em out of the air--but it was a brilliant move on Amazon's part for FREE publicity right in time for Cyber Monday.


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i don't want one of those things near me.

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