In 1987, as part of the broader conversation that it was trying to spark around its Knowledge Navigator effort, Apple Computer sponsored its "Project 2000" contest.
Here's the underlying purpose of the competition, according to John Sculley, Apple's chairman and chief executive officer at the time:
''PROJECT 2000 extended a challenge to students to visualize how computer technology will be used in the year 2000. At the same time we wanted to engage them in an enriching educational experience that would lead them to explore the possible social, economic and technological climate of the world at the turn of the century.''
The finalists were judged by a panel of distinguished judges that included futurist Alvin Toffler, science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, education author Diane Ravitch, and computer pioneers Steve Wozniak and Alan Kay.
This video captures that panel as the individual discuss their views on the future of computing— both what is possible and what they hope to see.
(The winner of the Project 2000 competition was a team from the University of Illinois, though that project is not discussed in this video. For a description of their entry, which was a tablet computer, see: http://bit.ly/qk0IXF)