Missed it by that much… →

Andy Baio, remarking on Apple’s 1987 “Knowledge Navigator” concept:

So, 24 years ago, Apple predicted a complex natural-language voice assistant built into a touchscreen Apple device, and was less than a month off.

Knowledge Navigator was one of Sculley’s concepts at Apple for a tablet-like computer with video chat and voice control. Like most things in Sculley-era Apple, it was never anywhere near fruition. Still an incredibly prescient concept video with an incredible coincidence hidden within. Worth the click for the Navigator concept video alone.