Are we (just) catching up with our past future ?

Good friend and excellent reader Dirk points me (via twitter) to this 1962 advert by Bell Telephone Systems on the Telephone of Tomorrow. Tomorrow back then was of course the year 2000.

1962 videophone paleofuture crop
The full ad is here, and it's quite interesting to me to see that of the three major innovations highlighted, only was has really come to be (mobile telephony). Video-communication and home automation we still seem to be expecting, and it looks like if things stay the way they are, it won't be the likes of the Bell Telephone Systems who will be providing us with these staples of the year 2000…

Hopefully some of these "future" services will be on display in Milan this week at the FTTH Council Europe Annual Conference. Meet me there!