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Two Tech Companies Are Making Big Predictions, but Boy, Did Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) Set the Bar High

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A video from 25 years ago points both backward and forward.

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That company, of course, is Apple. As an alert Gizmodo writer noticed right after the release of the iPhone 4S, Apple predicted in 1987 that there would someday be a computer with a touchscreen and a computerized assistant you could talk to.

That alone would be pretty incredible, but Apple wasn't done: The company somehow managed (black magic, probably) to pinpoint the date of Siri's release within three weeks of the actual release date. In the video, Siri is a bowtie-wearing Andy Samberg look-alike who stays in the top left corner of the screen (Apple managed to resist giving Siri a face, thank God), but the principles of the interaction between user, tablet, and digital assistant are dead-on, and the video takes place only three weeks after the date on which it was actually released.

The fact that the company that somehow predicted its own technology a quarter-century in advance managed to screw up iOS 6 Maps as badly as it did, though, should serve as a reminder that all predictions, no matter who makes them, should be taken with an entire shaker of salt.
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