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


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

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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