Tomorrow's World - Home Computer Terminal

In this report, Derek Cooper investigates Europe's first home computer terminal. Installed into the home of industrial consultant Rex Malik (pictured above), it includes an electric typewriter and can send and receive messages, update his diary and check his bank balance. Even his four-year-old son Nicholas can use it to work out basic maths problems. Can we expect a computer like this in every home in the future? Time will tell.

Other topics originally featured in this programme were the world's first hovercraft races, an automated launderette with a continuous laundering machine and a system to help secretaries handle greater volumes of correspondence. Also explored are developments in the Belfast Emergency Ambulance Service that should mean heart attack patients will be able to begin treatment as early as possible, while still on the way to hospital.

↗ Originally broadcast 20 September 1967.

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