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The next dozen years will bring the world to the year 2000. What further wonders are lurking in the labs today that will be commonplace when the next century begins?

[…] When you travel, you may carry along an electronic book that opens up to display text on two facing screens. The book’s memory will contain as many as 200 novels or nonfiction volumes; you just write the name of the one you want to read — and up it pops.

IBM, for one, is developing components of an electronic book that would contain the text and illustrations from hundreds of volumes on a small diskette, with an easy-to-read liquid-crystal screen instead of pages. ”We could even give it to you in a leather binding, if you prefer.”

[…] Mitchell Kapor designed the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet programs and is now chairman of On Technology Inc., a Cambridge, Massachusetts, software company. He sees almost all PCs assuming the shape of hard-cover books in the year 2000. He predicts the appearance of a computer-based reference book, a cross between a dictionary and an encyclopedia, that answers questions about people, places, and events.

[…France’s] Minitel replaces telephone books with a small computer terminal. Besides finding addresses, it can buy theater, plane, and train tickets, send bouquets of flowers with notes translated if need be — albeit clumsily — and find girlfriends or boyfriends, the machine’s most popular service.

Fortune, July 1988


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