In the late 1960s, news anchor Walter Cronkite’s hosted a regular half-hour CBS documentary program called The 21st Century. Every Sunday night, viewers could tune in to see the exciting technological advancements that might become available 30 or 40 years down the road … in other words, now.
An episode airing on March 12, 1967 offered viewers a look at the home of the 21st century, filled with robot servants, 3D television, inflatable furniture and molded on-demand dishes.
In the video below, you can see the office of the 21st century.
Though my home doesn’t have robot servants (unfortunately) it does have a home office connected to the outside world by computers. According to Cronkite in 1967:
… in the 21st century, it may be that no home will be complete without a computerized communications consol.
Bottom line: In this 1967 video clip from The 21st Century, Walter Cronkite shows us the office of the future. His predictions, though visually dated, are more accurate than you might expect.
Emily Howard, Producer and On-Air Host, helps create EarthSky audio and video science products in English and Spanish. You might hear her voice on an EarthSky 90-second podcast, or on EarthSky 22, your weekly 22 minutes of science and music from Austin, Texas. Emily oversees the scheduling and production of EarthSky en Español’s audio, video, and online content. She is responsible for setting and enforcing deadlines, and reporting on product development. Emily graduated with honors from the University of Texas with a major in History (focus on Latin American Studies) and a minor in Spanish. She further cultivated her Spanish skills while living abroad in Valparaíso, Chile, and traveling extensively throughout South America, Mexico and Spain.