Wednesday, April 18, 2012

1982: Imagining the Intelligent Encyclopedia

Bob Stein has posted a bunch of wonderful pictures of imagined scenarios in which people use the intelligent encyclopedia. Pretty amazing how much those futurists got right.

Check out his post: Back to the Future -- In honor of Encyclopedia Britannica giving up its print edition:

These drawings date from 1982 (thirty years ago). Alan Kay had just become the Chief Scientist at Atari and he asked me to work with him to continue the work I started at Encyclopedia Britannica on the idea of an Intelligent Encyclopedia. We came up with these scenarios of how the (future) encyclopedia might be used and commissioned Glenn Keane, a well-known Disney animator to render them. The captions also date from 1982.