“In a few years, men will be able to communicate more effectively through a machine than face to face.
That is a rather startling thing to say, but it is our conclusion.”
These are the opening words of the paper “The Computer as a Communication Device“. Published by J.C.R. Licklider and Robert W. Taylor in 1968, this paper came to be called one of the groundwork pillars of the Internet and perhaps the first research article on what today is called Social Media.
It’s extremely fascinating to read this paper, some 45 years later, and see how IT has played out since its writing. The big question, next, is: what will the next 45 years bring?
Enjoy ” “The Computer as a Communication Device” here: 20.20.03_licklider-taylor.