What was science fiction in 1993 has turned into just science in 2013

Long before you did all these things with that tiny device you're holding in your hands, AT&T commercials from the early 1990s told the future. Navigation, PayPass systems, video conferencing and more have all turned from twentieth-century fantasy into twenty-first century reality.

Or maybe Elias is right, and Tom Selleck is a Timelord. Either way they're worth a look.

Via: +Elias Lugo


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These old AT&T commercials were a pretty good glimpse of today's tech


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Yeah, you bet Joe.I thought Marques Brownlee did an excellent job on this topic. When I first read the article from Android Central I immediately shared it with Marques Brownlee on Google +. Thanks for recognizing it too!

kinda.... att split and made sbc which did most of the work, and then bought its oldself and became att what it is to day, so the att today isn't really that att. Just a little confusing.

I would love to see both AT&T and Verizon forcefully split once again. One could literally "hear" their cell bills dropping to reasonable levels.

Nice find, although the video quality is HORRIBLE. Remember the commercials well when they first ran :)

As cool as this is, I find it even more amazing how many of these things are WAY PAST dated, already. I mean, swiping your credit card for the tolls, having to actually go to a phone booth(!) to make a video call, etc! Good stuff, indeed.

Pretty much everything in the commercials pre-dates the commercial so they aren't really predictions.

I suppose you can say they predicted how commonplace those devices have become.

wasn't there a shot with a kid in front of a large flat-screen TV? the TV also seemed to be in the 16:9 ratio too (just like a 720 or 1080p TV)

Its funny how I remember these commercials but at the time I didn't even phase me. I was about 15 back then and we didn't have anything even remotely close to affordable for the average consumer so my thought was that only universities and schools would have this technology. Now we take all this for granted. Regardless of who brought the technology to us, it's here and it's amazing. Stuff that we would see on re-runs of star-trek (at least re-runs for me) or on the Dick Tracy even the Jetsons, is almost all here. We are living in some great tech times!

What's a "phone booth"? LOL Amazing that they predicted all these developments but almost none of these things are on mobile,portable devices like cell phones,laptops, or tablets. I guess the miniaturization of electronics to the degree we have today was unthinkable,even in the 90's.

The guy on the beach sends a "fax" with a tablet that looks remarkably like an iPad, except it had a stylus.

Still waiting for the day I walk right through the register stand with a cart full of groceries and don't have to unload any of it onto the conveyor belt...

I remember watching these commercials as a kid and being so excited about finally making it to that future that seemed so far away.

AT&T should revisit these commercials with a tagline like "You did, and the company that brought it to you AT&T".

AT&T should revisit these commercials with a tagline like "You did, and the company that brought it to you AT&T".
... Was someone else, but you still got it!

lol @ phone booths... AT&T was one of the companies that helped eliminate their need.
It just seems odd that they had visions of faxing from the beach, but not calling from the beach? Why would you need a phone booth in those futuristic visions of their?

heh....phonebooth....nice! that seems to be the only one they got wrong, though. and really, it's still not entirely wrong. you just don't need a phonebooth to do it.