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Nicholas Negroponte’s 1984 TED Talk: 5 predictions for the future (4 of them correct)

Posted by: Tedstaff

Speaking at the first TED Conference, in 1984, Nicholas Negroponte talks about the converging fields of technology, entertainment and design. Years before anyone was using the word “convergence,” Negroponte was thinking about TV screens as the “electronic books of the future,” and computers as the future of education. In excerpts from his 2-hour talk (this was before TED’s 18-minute time limit), he foreshadowed web interfaces, touchscreen kiosks, the multitouch interface of the iPhone, and his own One Laptop per Child project. Oh, and there’s also a fascinating project called Lip Service, which … well, let’s just say it’s still ahead of us. (Recorded at the first TED conference, February 1984 in Monterey, California. Duration: 25:23.)

Negroponte’s full 2-hour talk will be made available for download, but parts of it must be restored.

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