Xerox’s 1979 Office of the Future!

While this 1979 ad from Xerox looks incredibly primitive, it shows you just how much has changed in the office. The idea of any kind of WYSIWYG editing and printing is what really stood out to me. Although looking at the way the guy is sitting in the ad, I’m glad we’ve invented ergonomics in the meantime. Also oddly prescient, Mr. Manager is echoing the speech-to-text hellscape we’re now entering with IoT.

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Rich Stroffolino

Rich has been a tech enthusiast since he first used the speech simulator on a Magnavox Odyssey². Current areas of interest include ZFS, the false hopes of memristors, and the oral history of Transmeta.

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