1979 Computer Store Manager Predicts Future

I recently found this interview in my archives. I was shooting a documentary called “The Information Society” in 1979 and filmed this in Cedar Rapids Iowa. Compushop had just begun selling the Apple II and this guy had a keen sense of what was coming.

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  1. What that kid in the background is doing is why I have 20/400 vision today. Spent the ages of 10-15 staring at a 13-inch color TV from 1 foot away using an Apple II computer, instead of using a proper monitor.

  2. There will never be a three day workweek in the U.S. when there's MORE money to be made from the remaining days. All computers did was eliminate jobs, automate stores, make 24 hour business real, and make the remaining people work twice as hard for less money because of employment hiring pool gluts.

  3. Watching this from 38 years ago, it's easy to see that many of us are still just innovators in the crypto asset ecosphere. I see so many of the same predictions. We crypto enthusiasts are so EARLY! Wow.

  4. This is MIND BLOWING people! in the background is the PRESENT Bill Gates talking to his younger self in the first minute of the vidoe. Bill Gates has a time machine!!!!!!!!

  5. Greetings Earthlings and Happy Friday to all! 👋👽 I bring thin crust pizza for everyone. Enjoy! 🍕

  6. He was right on that computerization increased stratification of society, more the pity. But the computer as labour saving, tedium eliminating? Utter nonsense, sadly. All it has done is supercharge elites to increase worker insecurity, ramping up the exploitation of some workers through gruelling hours while keeping a surplus out of work to keep those who do find jobs sweating. Until we use computers to help destroy this evil system, it’s just another of the masters’ tools.

  7. Basically paraphrasing Tesla. However, that "three-day work week" still hasn't become a reality for most of us.

  8. "Three-day work week"? In 1926, Frederick Soddy wrote an economic book called "Wealth, Virtual Wealth and Debt". In it, he outlined the problem of "over-production". We were getting TOO efficient at making things. For the first time in history, scarcity wasn't a problem; overproduction was. It was driving down prices. So you had things like, in the Great Depression, where 6 million Americans starved to death, FDR was ordering silos of grain to be burned (lest the price be driven down too much). So we have to create artificial scarcity to keep prices up. We do this was oil, food, consumer goods, electronics, etc. If we had an ACTUAL free market, your house would be $10,000 and your car would be $800. At any rate, Frederick Soddy was talking about how to tamp down on too much productivity. He suggested having people work for a few days a week (instead of 5), and to encourage people to consume as much as possible. Otherwise our rigged system would collapse. (Technology has freed us up in ways that are currently unimaginable, but our politicians and social engineers are keeping us busy and distracted. Overworking us, when there's no more need for it. They took over society in 1913, and by golly we're going to continue on with social structures as if it's still 1913!)

  9. I purchased my first home computer in 1983. It was large, but I was hooked. They have come along way.

  10. In my opinion Computers and technology have changed the way we as a human species live our lives just think only 70 years ago computers were as big as rooms now just look at how advanced technology has become to the point were our phones act like small computers not only that but we went from vacuum tubes of the 20 century to transistors just imagine how advanced technology and computers will become in the next 100 to 1,000 years the possibilities are endless we humans have came a long way from a hunter and gather life style to a technological advanced civilization we humans are special we have done great things to improve our lives we are living in the most amazing time in human history.

  11. Little did they realize that one day every human on the planet would love their devices (especially their Smartphones), more than anything else, even their own families. What have we become?

  12. The betterment of American society would have been true except this happened:
    Here's who voted to outsource the jobs – mostly republicans!
    NAFTA vote in 1993:
    House Dems 156-102 against NAFTA (Liberals, thanks for trying)
    House GOP 132-43 for NAFTA
    Senate Dems 28-27 against NAFTA (Liberals, thanks for trying)
    Senate GOP 34-10 for NAFTA
    Vote granting China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR)) Status in 2000.
    House Dems 138-73 against China PNTR (Liberals, thanks for trying)
    House GOP 164-57 for China PNTR
    Senate Dems 37-7 for China PNTR (Liberals, didn't you hear Kucinich or moderate Perot)
    Senate GOP 46-8 for China PNTR (Thank you 8 RINOs)

  13. The big difference I see between then and now is that computers of that time were more DIY. People programmed them with code they either got out of books or came up with themselves. These days, we generally just download what want.

  14. i worked a branch of chase manhattan with twelve full time tellers in 1989. in twenty five months, they got that number down to three, and that same branch today, has none. if you want a home or auto loan there are people for that. a drug store chain went 100 percent automated (except the pharmacy,) of course.. and that experiment failed. they brought back human beings and tore out the machines entirely. a store called CVS. target stores seem to be leaving the checkout procedure to the customer, now. i havn't been to a amazon whole foods where you just take what you want, bag it up, by means of an app on your phone yet. maybe some other time. everyone on the train uses an app on their phone, to show the conductor that they have paid their fare. big brother is watching YOU..

  15. We have to combine our fiery human instinct to observe, discover and build with the utmost devotion and respect and care for the Earth. We need to clean our oceans and stop global warming. We must put an end to reckless consumerism which chokes our lands with plastic garbage.

  16. These very smart individuals predicted computers solely as instruments and productive tools, and here we are, using a computer to talk shit to each other and post pictures of black people saying something funny and calling it a meme.


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