Goofy British "future of phones" video from way back


18 Responses to “Goofy British "future of phones" video from way back”

  1. Big Ed Dunkel says:

    Funny, that’s always the future that I want to visit.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Gilbert Anonymous here:

    That’s entertaining, but I have a 1937 issue of National Geographic which has a story on the city of Berlin, Germany. In the post offices the Germans had television telephones, along with movie theaters that had giant tv screens and a pneumatic tube system that could send mail anywhere in the city in a matter of minutes.

  3. zuzu says:

    VidPhones (lack of) are evidence supporting that smart networks (centralization) don’t work, and dumb networks (distribution) do work.

    With the end-to-end principle, we got webcams in short order.
    From Ma Bell and BT, all we got were empty promises.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Say what you will about BT. They’re the only telco that I know of that has set a date for when they will retire the PSTN.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Well, in any case, they totally nailed what telecommuting is like for those of us with kids.

  6. Jason Rizos says:

    Bring on the Analog Revolution!

  7. Xenu says:

    I love how the telecommuter dressed up for work.

  8. Dungeonbrownies says:

    oh god, love that lo-fi manual screenshot =D

  9. apoxia says:

    This ad is fabulous! Reminds me of the great Flight of the Conchords telephone sketch presented as a current television ad for the telephone in New Zealand:

    I’d like to state that a lot of what is said about NZ on Flight of the Conchords is pastiche and is not factual!

  10. Adam Weiss says:

    wouldn’t that be better? (deadpan) yes. marvelous.

    f’kin kills me.

    as does the closing scene and accompanying music.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Quaint and silly? Right.

    While campy, the very legitimate promise goes unfulfilled.

    It’s easy to blame the carriers and, while they do carry their share of responsibility, it’s lazy consumers that are largely responsible. People expect such a highly-unrealistic level of reliability from utility-type services that it makes it difficult for anyone to offer truly useful innovation.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I like the legs part ^^

  13. Mitch says:

    Ha ha, I do video phone calls with my family and
    I’ve faxed and emailed scans of documents. I work
    from home, too. The hardware is just a bit different.

    I wonder if the people of the past who imagined the
    future ever envisioned web cam enhanced phone sex.

  14. AlmostReadytoFly says:

    I wish the sound and picture were that good on Skype!

  15. SomeGuy says:

    MITCH @8

    “I wonder if the people of the past who imagined the
    future ever envisioned web cam enhanced phone sex.”

    I’m sure some did but they were too polite to talk about it.

  16. Anonymous says:

    London was swinging.. but not here, with the Hoi polloi and their cockerkneeeee accents and as usual a posho man in charge.
    “How’s Betty” indeed.

  17. Avram / Moderator says:

    For a moment I thought they were gonna go into “Yakkity Sax” at the end, for the scene with the kids.

  18. Anonymous says:

    From the page: “Of course, as it criticises YouTube as well as the studio, I have put it on YouTube. But somehow I don’t think they would be willing to try a takedown — not on so obvious a fair use as this one, not on the chairman of the most noted legal foundation in the field. But it’s fun to dare them.”

    Well, Youtube has not removed it – it just doesn’t load anymore after 0:52

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