Apple’s Prediction of the Future in 1987 | Business Insider


Set in 2007, the resulting 1987 video followed around an environmental science professor at Berkely juggling everything from preparing a lecture to buying a birthday cake for his father.

To get it all done, he relies on his digital personal butler – the bowtie-wearing, hypothetical grandfather of modern assistants like Siri, Cortana, Alexa, Bixby, and Google Assistant.

During the nearly six-minute vignette, the professor videoconferences with a colleague, researches journal articles on deforestation in the Amazon, and updates his busy schedule, all on one touch screen tablet.

“At the time we came out with it, it was incredibly controversial,” Sculley said. “People said, ‘Well, this is absurd.’”


  1. Have all the predictions about the future come true?
  2. Is the future envisioned by your parents’ generation the reality now?
  3. Why are people skeptical of predictions?
  4. Are they right to be skeptical?
  5. What happens if people are not skeptical?
  6. Is it better to be a believer or a doubter (in future possibilities)?
  7. What do you think will happen in the future?