Thursday, June 16, 2011

Lisberger... a prophet?

I watch the 1982 movie Tron with my kids last night. They'd never seen it, and I hadn't seen it for probably 20+ years. It wasn't nearly as good as I remembered thinking it was when I was a kid, but it also wasn't nearly as bad as I expected it to be. There was, in fact, one exchange of dialogue that was rather prophetic:
Dr. Walter Gibbs: ...computers are just machines; they can't think.
Alan Bradley: Some programs will be thinking soon.
Dr. Walter Gibbs: Won't that be grand? Computers and the programs will start thinking and the people will stop.
(from IMDB)
Recall that Tron was released in 1982. The Commodore 64 had just been released; the Apple II+ had been out for a couple of years; and the TRS-80 had been on the market for five years. There is significantly more processing power in cell phones now than those computers possessed; in fact, you can get emulators for your smart phone that will run a virtual Commodore 64 or Apple IIe

Computers in 1982 were hardly ubiquitous. Yet, Lisberger had enough foresight to predict what I saw on Buttface Facebook this morning:
FB Friend: The weather app lied to me. I guess I should look out the window before I get dressed..
Words fail me.

1 comment:

  1. I started to write that stupid doesn't count when it comes from a teenager but then it occurred to me that 100 years ago she could have easily been married with a child by this age. I can't decide which we abandoned the appreciation of first : fertility or good sense.