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Fifty years ago, when we imagined the world of 2014, we thought of a future created by experts. “A just machine to make big decisions, programmed by fellows with compassion and vision,” as Donald Fagan sang about the International Geophysical Year, which was in 1957.
It’s that future we’re going to create next.
Because the future we imagined in 1964 didn’t come to pass. Futurists of that year could not imagine iPhones. The communicators on “Star Trek” would be clunky by comparison.
The futurists of 1964 couldn’t know about Gordon Moore and his famous Electronics article , with its drawing of “Handy Home Computers” sold alongside notions and cosmetics. That article came out a year later.