Reading Issues of Wired from 1993 to 1995

We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.

Amara's Law

One suspects that, were we to engineer our own reverse time capsule today and ship it back to the citizens of 1995, they might not be all that surprised by the direction we’ve taken. They might think they’d seen this future already—in the pages of Wired.

From "ON READING ISSUES OF WIRED FROM 1993 TO 1995" on NewYorker.


1995 was the year after I first went online and had my eyes opened to what was about to come. That glimmer and vision that once speeds from the painfully slow speeds of the era, and computers got fast enough, that the Internet would be everywhere. We're only really starting up the slope now: speeds both mobile and off your home broadband are now more than adequate to even stream ultra high definition footage, and computers are powerful enough to both display that footage while doing other tasks at the same time.

Of course, in 1994/1995 I was chomping at the bit for it all to happen TODAY but what realistically it took over 20 years and it's only the beginning. What has also happened in those 20 years is also much more powerful and disruptive than anyone could have ever imagined either - where next in the next 20 years?

Neal McQuaid