Cable TV: The First Internet?
Back in 1970, Mike Wallace reported on a new technology that he said would change the way we send mail and consume the news. The Internet? Nope. Cable television.
"60 Minutes Overtime" unearthed this time-capsule of a piece, and we had to share it as this week's "Rewind."
When CBS aired this story, cable TV was developing as a two-way communication system. And much of Mike's piece is a survey of the possible uses of a home cable box that could transmit, as well as receive, signals. As you'll see, many of the functions that were predicted for cable TV ended up in our home computers and mobile phones.
Forty years have passed since Mike posed a question about the technologies that would later become the Internet: Will it "invade our privacy, tranquilize our children, and remove us electronically from the flesh-and-blood world"? Do we know enough by now to give him an answer?
- MJ's "manifesto," penned in 1979
- Bill Gates on Steve Jobs: We grew up together
- Apple, Ireland, and the corporate tax rate problem
- Becoming human: Shin's new life
- Do you have trouble recognizing faces? Take a test
- Behind the scenes at a Taylor Swift concert
- Angelina Jolie: I would love to live a long life
- How Bill Gates' school launched his life's work
- Are you a "super-recognizer"? Take a test
- Married life in a tent. How do they do it?
- Steve Jobs: Family photo album
- Taylor Swift: All grown up
- Roger Waters: Why I left Pink Floyd
- Adele talks about her body image and weight
- The anatomy of an interview with a serial killer
- 60 Minutes' funniest moments with Adele