It is truly amazing how much technology advances every day.  For instance, check out this picture from a 1954 Popular Mechanics magazine:

2004 Computer

You can click on the image to make it larger, but the picture says:

Scientists from the RAND Corporation have created this model to illustrate how a “home computer” could look like in the year 2004.  However the needed technology will not be economically feasible for the average home.  Also the scientists readily admit that the computer will require not yet invented techology to actually work, but 50 years from now scientific progress is expected to solve these problems.  With teletype interface and the Fortran language, the computer will be easy to use.

I laugh every time I hear that last line.

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