Space & Innovation

This is How People Sent Emails in 1984

There were just a few more steps than there are today.

<p>Photo: Wiki Media Commons </p>

Technology has advanced at an astonishing pace in the past three decades alone. According to Ray Kurzweil, Director of Engineering at Google, "We won't experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century - it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at today's rate)."

That's why the technology of just 32 years ago seems practically ancient. In this hilarious video from a British TV show called "Database," circa 1984, we see just how labor intensive emailing was. The primary function of someone's home computer was to store addresses and phone numbers, keep track of what they had in their freezer, and use the word processor to type letters they would then send through the regular mail service.

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via ThamesTV

To learn more about how rapidly technology is advancing in the modern world, check out:The History of the Internet