tv program predicted rise of electronic books in 1980s
March 27, 2012 4:55 PM   Subscribe

Trying to remember the name of a TV series program that I watched in the late 1980s that in one episode on digital information predicted the rise of the electronic book. There was a male host who led the show, which was an examination of new technologies. In the particular episode I am looking for, he recounted an idea that books in the future would be distributed from something like an ATM machine where you would insert a card onto which the book would be downloaded. If it helps, I remember he stood at some kind of podium during the broadcasts that had like an acrylic/lucite egg-shaped glowing top--random detail, but these are often what jog people's memory.
posted by cmp4Meta to Technology (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Beyond 2000?
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night at 5:01 PM on March 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

Computer Chronicles?
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:18 PM on March 27, 2012 [1 favorite]

Was it "What will they think of next?" with a very young Maury Povich? There are lots of you tube links out there.
posted by svenvog at 12:12 PM on March 28, 2012

There were a number of AT&T commercials roughly in that era, with the tagline "You will". YouTube has a few of them, including electronic books...
posted by Wild_Eep at 1:53 PM on March 29, 2012

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