The Cashless Society, As Predicted In 1967.

Here's a clip from the BBC popular science program Tomorrow's World from 1967, talking about how the future will become a cashless society. It's interesting to see that the very first debit-card system shown on the program used PINs rather than signatures to authorize.

Unfortunately, the BBC iPlayer can't be embedded like most online videos, so here's a link to the excerpt in question.

This is just one of a number of Tomorrow's World clips the BBC is making freely available online. There are some real gems on the site, including a first look at the "light-pen" from 1967, an early screen outing for the Moog synthesizer from 1969, and a demonstration of one of the first true mobile phone systems from 1979.

Oops, it seems not everyone can view the Online BBC Archive. For those who can't here's a couple of stills from the electronic banking and mobile phone segments mentioned above.



Love that funky retro dial! :lol:
     Posted By: Dumbfounded - Mon Sep 14, 2009
     Category: Futurism | Television | 1960s

I like reading old S/F. I'm currently doing some from 1941 and 42.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 09/14/09 at 09:10 AM
Unfortunately, I can't see the videos - they're "Not Available in Your Area". That happens a lot with British vids.
Posted by Leshka on 09/14/09 at 11:34 AM
same here leshka. it's neat to look back on yesterday's predictions for tommorrow.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 09/14/09 at 01:48 PM
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