How Bill Gates Predicted the iPhone … in 1995
if you could gaze into the future...
Talk about a visionary: I was blown away by Gates’ description of something that is eerily like the iPhone in his mid-90s book The Road Ahead, as described by Maria Popova on brainpickings.org.
He called it a “wallet PC” and described its functionality as such:
“[It] will display messages and schedules and let you read or send electronic mail and faxes, monitor weather and stock reports, and play both simple and sophisticated games. At a meeting, you might take notes, check your appointments, browse information if you’re bored, or choose from among thousands of easy-to-call-up photos of your kids.”
And he even predicted Siri! The world would be so different without Bill Gates–here’s exactly how.
“A voice from its built-in speaker will let you know that a freeway exit is coming up or that the next intersection has frequent accidents … You might ask, ‘Where’s the closest Chinese restaurant that’s still open?’ and the answer will be transmitted to your wallet by wireless network.”
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