March 15th, 2011

Seishiro Sakurazukamori

Microworld with William Shatner (1976)

I love this! I'm as excited about this as the Robotics film! "by the time you hear me say this..." Oh, Bill it's 2011 now, have you ever thought we would hear you say that 35 years later? that there are more and more new fans of yours around? hunting and watching these little gems of yours? I doubt it.

Back in 1976, microprocessors had a maximum of 8.5K transistors for 64bits of memory. The Queen of England sent her first email, and Steve Wozniak designed the Apple I.
And a post-Star Trek but pre-TJ Hooker William Shatner made this film for AT&T about the future of microprocessors.
The chips were tiny at that time, to be sure, but paltry in terms of memory by today's standards. Yet Moore's Law had already been in effect for 11 years by this point, enough time to see that the future was going to be full of miniscule, powerful machines, even they weren't the predicted picturephones. Today's "microworld" is still getting smaller all the time.
This version of the film was slightly revised in 1980.

An Owen Murphy Production
Directed by Paul Cohen
Footage courtesy of AT&T Archives and History Center, Warren, NJ

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