Hyperland is 50 minutes of Douglas Adams dreaming about interactive multimedia, hypertext, and cyberspace, showcasing the contemporary state of relevant technologies (a rudimentary VR headset developed at NASA, for instance!).
It (1990) precedes:
- the World Wide Web (1991) by a year
- NCSA Mosaic (1993) by two and a half years
- the Microsoft Office Assistant (1997) by seven years
- Google (1998) by eight years
- BBC Red Button (1999) by nine years
- Second Life (2003) by 13 years
- the Oculus Rift (wide release set for 2015?) by a lot
so it could really only feel its way very vaguely towards the general direction of extremely exciting near-future developments in sight. But, even though Hyperland’s vision for interactive multimedia feels more like a stack of HyperCards rather than a full-fledged HTML5 website, it’s still very interesting in retrospect. Tom Baker plays co-host, basically taking on the role of that infernal Microsoft Office paper clip.
Take an hour to watch it if you have nothing better to do. Here you go.