Fifty years ago, the most revolutionary technology of the future was supposed to be the telephone — thanks to some high-tech upgrades just over the horizon, of course. At least that's what the phone companies kept telling us.
Advancements like the videophone and dial-a-libraries weren't just supposed to make the world feel that much smaller and more connected. New telephone tech was supposed to deliver unto Americans a wondrous life of leisure. Just push a telephone button, and the world itself would conform to your every need and desire.