By: Jeff Simmermon at 05:14 pm
I’ve got a thing for retro visions of the future – especially ones that basically came true. This BBC mini-documentary from December, 1969 describes a future where cash transactions and bounced checks go the way of the dodo bird and preventative bloodletting. “Computerised credit card machines will be able to transfer funds directly from the customer’s account to that of the shop, while computerised banks will see a reduction in queues and less of a need to be tied to branch opening times,” it says.
I suffer from a Stockholm-sized empathetic response, and I have to say that I was so taken with this video that I thought, “whoa that would be so cool,” — while my bank account was open in another tab.
The documentary suggests, though, that bounced checks, robbery and fraud will be a thing of the past. I think we all know now that wherever money changes hands, there will be someone to trying to steal it. Whenever we think of a rosy new application for a distant future, we never seem to come up with the underbelly – the Nigerian spam scams, the hackers, the ATM skimmers.
I think about this a lot in my role here at Time Warner Cable. People want to be able to watch any content, anytime, on any device, and we’re working really hard both technologically and at the negotiating table to make that happen. I wonder, though, what the underbelly of that future is. Any suggestions? If so, let me know in the comments.