***UPDATE*** MORE EVIDENCE IN COMMENTS SECTION BELOW***
Earlier last week, as I was stuck on a cruise ship because of Hurricane Irma, I took advantage of the free Wi-Fi (Royal Caribbean was simply awesome with helping the stranded at sea) to watch the live Apple Event from the brand new Steve Jobs Theater.
As a life-long lover of all things Apple, the event gave me everything this fanboy could have wanted, including the fabled One More Thing. (Man, I miss you, Steve.) But more than that, it gave me the feeling again that we are in the future. Lots of emphasis on talking to your devices, just like sages of yesteryear had predicted.
I’m not talking about Nostradamus. His “predictions” were purposely vague so they could be twisted to fit any future occurrence. Psychic? Hardly. But history has, until now, overlooked a far greater seer than Nostradamus could ever have hoped to be.
I hear you asking, “Wait, Rick Springfield? As in, Dr. Noah Drake from General Hospital, Rick Springfield?” Yes, that guy. (And also, Rick Springfield, the surfing private detective from the semi-successful syndicated TV show High Tide.)
Springfield’s music is a wonderful whisky, whose aging has allowed its precious distillations to mature into smokey wisdom.
In his 1983 semi-hit song, Human Touch, Springfield posited, “Everybody’s talking to computers, they’re all dancing to a drum machine.” Lo and behold, here we are 34 years later and this is precisely the situation in which the world finds itself. (IRONY ALERT: his song is full of drum machine.)
At the time, the state of the art in personal computing was the Commodore 64. Nobody was talking to their Commodore 64s. Does it really look like you could talk to something with graphics like this:
Ha ha. NO. So in his prophetic music video he was clearly envisioning events to come. Apple Events, even. The Macintosh would be announced a year after his song visited the charts.
You remember the original Macintosh. The first computer that you could talk to. Well, maybe not. But it was so futuristic that even people from the future thought you could.
May I direct your eyes to this scene from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home?
The Enterprise crew travels back in time to Earth circa 1986 to save the planet from an alien attack. From whales. Or tantrum-throwing intergalactic whale watchers. Or something. Look, that’s not the important part. This is:
It’s Scotty, the ship’s Chief Engineer, attempting to talk to a Macintosh. Confirmation that in the future, the standard interface with Apple products would be through speech. But still, talking into the mouse? Heehee, double dumb-ass on you, Montgomery Scott.
So, well done, Mr. Springfield. Let the world begin poring through your melodious quatrains and sifting for further revelations of the world to come!