COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 9 — THE VOTAN V5000 AND THE SPEECH PLUS CALLTEXT

This next episode of The Computer Chronicles from early 1984 examined the status of speech synthesis technology.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 8 — THE HERO-1 AND THE TEACHMOVER

In a recent essay for the socialist journal Current Affairs, Matthew James Seidel recounted a story from 2013 where “delivery drivers came up with an unexpected way to prevent robots from taking their jobs.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 7 — DONN B. PARKER AND THE DIGI-LINK

Roger Ebert wrote in his four-star review of the 1983 film WarGames, “Computers only do what they are programmed to do, and they will follow their programs to illogical conclusions.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 6 — WORDVISION, WORD PLUS, AND THE WRITER'S WORKBENCH

Since the 1990s, word processing has largely been synonymous with Microsoft Word.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 5 — CONCURRENT CP/M, MS-DOS & UNIX

The first season of The Computer Chronicles was repackaged and marketed to educational institutions as The Computer Chronicles Telecourse.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 4 — SINGER LINK AND SOM

Normally, The Computer Chronicles highlighted consumer software and hardware. Stewart Cheifet often described his role as doing the legwork on behalf of the viewer so they knew what products to buy.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 3 — MUSIC CONSTRUCTION SET AND THE ALPHA SYNTAURI

We begin this episode of The Computer Chronicles from February 1984 with Stewart Cheifet plunking on an unspecified model of Casiotone keyboard.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 2 — VISI ON VS. THE APPLE LISA

There was apparently a roughly two-month gap between the taping of episodes of The Computer Chronicles in late 1983 and their initial airing in early 1984.

COMPUTER CHRONICLES REVISITED, PART 1 — THE HP-150 TOUCHSCREEN

The Computer Chronicles debuted as a national television program in the United States in the fall of 1983.