Thursday, January 31, 2008

Learning in 1999 A.D. (1967)

Today, we have more from the 1967 film 1999 A.D. This clip shows the way children of the future will learn. The personal computer, audio lectures and computerized testing are demonstrated. The concept is strikingly similar to the "Answer Machine" of 1964 we looked at a while back.

You can find 1999 A.D. on the DVD Yesterday's Tomorrows Today, released by A/V Geeks.

See also:
1999 A.D. (1967)
1999 A.D. Intro (1967)
Online Shopping (1967)
1999 A.D. Controversy
Hawaii as Educational Resort (1970)
The Answer Machine (1964)
Homework in the Future (1981)
The Road Ahead: Future Classroom (1995)
Closer Than We Think! (1958-1963)
Connections: AT&T's Vision of the Future (Part 7, 1993)
Project 2000 - Apple Computer (1988)


Anonymous said...

Apparently ergonomics and posture have no role in the miraculous world of the future. (Especially love the couch - harsh angles, no padding, and a hard shelf behind to whack your head on!)

Nathan said...

I like the fact that in spite of the awesome teaching machines, the kid is still dumb as a bag of rocks.

Åka said...

He really looks bored. And lonely. I'm not sure that he wants to learn this stuff.

jayessell said...

Isaac Asimov's "The Fun They Had".

Check the Wiki for it.

Shayne said...

Clearly, they were off the mark. In today's society, he wouldn't "flunk". He would just be encouraged to examine what he answered correctly and spend the rest of the day at his "self-asteem" class.

Anonymous said...

Don't you love the question about who ground the first telescope? Both choices are wrong. The first telescope was made by Hans Lippershey.

Anonymous said...

Why are there 12 identical buttons, all labeled X and Y?

Matt said...

And why does 'y' come before 'x'?

Anonymous said...

And why does 'y' come before 'x'?

More 1967 gender inequality?

L.N. Smithee said...

This clip is hilarious. The child actor acts as if he's going to get a beating from his overbearing stage parents as soon as the shooting stops. I've seen prisoners sentenced to death who looked happier. And the images he's looking at as he learns about the weight of air looks as if he's found 60's-era Hanna-Barbera cartoons on YouTube.