Blast from the past!Why the Web Won’t Be Nirvana

I stumbled on this post from a forum discussion and it is apparent that “predicting” future is fraught with danger. It is easier to mock the original author for his lack of “originality” but he transfixed his perceptions to this opinionated write up. I’d like you to read the excerpt and make your own conclusions.

Visionaries see a future of telecommuting workers, interactive libraries and multimedia classrooms. They speak of electronic town meetings and virtual communities.

Commerce and business will shift from offices and malls to networks and modems.

And the freedom of digital networks will make government more democratic.

Baloney.

Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth in no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works.

Why the Web Won’t Be Nirvana

AI promises to upend medicine in many subtler ways. I don’t foresee a big bang primarily because of issues related to regulations.

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