Post of the Day
April 24, 1998
From our AOL
America Online Board
Subject: Monkey Games
Imagine this, you walk up to your computer, an electronic eyeball mounted on the moniter marks your position, recognizes who you are-- then in the usual voice says aloud "You have mail." The screen of your 'always-connected', 'always-on' system automatically lights up with the AOL emblem.
"What would you like to do today"
then you say,
"Word processing-- Simon (afterall each AOL operating system will have its own name)."
"Very well, word processing it is."
The word processor is engaged within seconds -- you are connected to the AOL run database providing you with advanced word processing: with an etymological dictionary, automatic translation into the language of your choice, advanced grammer, all this stored on 1500 gigabyte server somewhere in Virginia.
"Enough word processing, Simon -- read me my mail."
From spread sheets to online libraries to paying your bills to watching what was previously known as TV to ordering a pizza, a book, to video chatting with your aunt Tilly in Tinbuktoo, AOL's O/S will do it all. This is revolution...
I often wondered about the experience of believing the world is flat then finding out not only is the world not flat but where spinning around and where not the center of the universe. I think I know what that feels like... a few years of intertechnical culmination, cultivation, and accumulation and where there, slammed into a whole new world where the old rules are crumbling and the new ones aren't even imagined.
"Sir, your vote on raisning the school budget this year are requested, here is the information regarding the decision."
The information is shown on the wall the wall, and you decide to vote in favor of the proposal.
|And who has the possibly of bringing this to the masses: a big 10 billion pound Gorrilla climbing some redwood tree in California, or the little 700 million pound blue monkey swinging on the east coast.|
"Sir, there is evidence of bacteria in the refrigerator, there may be some spoiled food."
"I'll check it Simon, but right now i do need those directions to the State theatre."
Is all this a little too 2010-ish, well realistically how far are we away: a few more cycles of Moore's law, the time it takes for phone companies to lay fiber to your door. And who has the possibly of bringing this to the masses: a big 10 billion pound Gorrilla climbing some redwood tree in California, or the little 700 million pound blue monkey swinging on the east coast. AOL 2000, or AOL Millenium--that's the future I'm forseeing. With all the negative monopolistic press Microsoft is receiving and the DOJ shooting there guns at every attempt Microsoft makes to dominate the internet--Microsoft will crash harder than any Gorrilla Hollywood has ever seen.
With high speed access and great databases, our our hard drives will hardly be a nescary (unless, of course, your providing an informational service). As a pure internet company AOL's operating system will be the largest, the most intelligent, and the most accessable in all the world. Who's the King the of the jungle now.