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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:24 AM

Cronkite, in 1967, accurately describes 21st Century home office

Video on HuffPo:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/11/walter-cronkite-21st-century-home-office_n_2663609.html

Nearly a half-century before working from home landed its own acronym ("WFH"), Walter Cronkite envisioned a world in which "we may not have to go to work, the work would come to us."

A video from the 1960's that recently surfaced on Reddit shows the legendary anchorman, known as "the most trusted man in America," touring a "21st century home office."

"Here's a mock-up of a possible future telephone," Cronkite says in the video. "If I want to see the people I'm talking with, I just turn the button and there they are." Skype's co-founder, Niklas Zennström, was just one-year-old when this clip originally hit the airwaves.

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I wonder if viewers at the time scoffed at this.

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Reply Cronkite, in 1967, accurately describes 21st Century home office (Original post)
Aldo Leopold Feb 2013 OP
xoom Feb 2013 #1
el_bryanto Feb 2013 #3
alcibiades_mystery Feb 2013 #2
CTyankee Feb 2013 #4
Chiyo-chichi Feb 2013 #5
Nye Bevan Feb 2013 #6

Response to Aldo Leopold (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:28 AM

1. That's awesome!!

 

I wonder what the next 50 years will bring?

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Response to xoom (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:33 AM

3. well - probably even longer days

I mean without travel time or need to run out for lunch, why can't employees work 10-12 hours a day? And since they are more efficient - one person can do the work of three - those other two can just find something else to do.

Bryant

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Response to Aldo Leopold (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:32 AM

2. So true! I always spy on my wife and kids (who are at home, too) while I'm working in my home office



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Response to Aldo Leopold (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:48 AM

4. That's pretty incredible, envisioning a small PC. Weren't the first computers huge

and kept in separate climate controlled rooms at separate buildings? I seem to recall the discussions about "mainframe" and one of my earliest work situations actually had a separate room for The Computer, run by a separate staff.

The idea of a desk top PC didn't become practical for most people until the 1980s. I recall my little Apple...

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Response to Aldo Leopold (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:57 AM

5. video...



As the top YouTube commenter wrote -- all that stuff now fits in our pocket... and we mainly use it to share pictures of cats.

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Response to Aldo Leopold (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 11:59 AM

6. He's got online news feeds and weather, real-time stock prices, flat-screen monitors,

and Skype.

So much more accurate than flying cars and personal jet-packs.

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