Now The Chips Are Down

Following on from my colleague’s post The Robots are Coming, this piece of programming, from the Horizon archive, is just priceless.

Now The Chips Are Down’, broadcast in 1978, foresees a very dreary future following the invention of the silicon chip. It correctly predicts the death of the Swiss Watch industry, the end of the typing pool and the increasing gap between rich and poor.

The expected replacement of GPs by microprocessor, mass unemployment and a future where the only employment available would be for highly paid software engineers, has fortunately proven to be less accurate.

On a scale of 0 to 10, I would give this a 9 and recommend you give it a watch.