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Something You Might Not Know About Canada -- Don Tapscott on The Digital Office of the 1970s

Something might not know about Canada: Hi I'm Don Tapscott and before the break
I promised to tell you about the digital office. In the nineteen seventies (the coolest
decade of all time) the office was full of strange things like typewriters, dictaphones, adding machines and mimeographs.

Telephones were connected to wires so people could only reach you when you're in the office. God, I miss that. Not now! In 1978 the Canadian company Bell Northern Research wondered what would happen if every desk at a computer on it connected to a vast internetwork. Their incredibly handsome staff created an office that used crazy things like email, word processing, texting and document management. Then BNR pitted the computerize workers against the computerless old-school test group. This first-ever controlled experiment prove that the digital workers for more efficient innovative and effective and have more fun! Within only fifteen years office workers across the globe were playing electronic solitaire and watching cat videos to their hearts content.

And that's something you might not know about Canada!

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Something might not know about Canada: Hi I'm Don Tapscott and before the break I promised to tell you about the digital office. In the nineteen seventies (the coolest decade of all time) the office was full of strange things like typewriters, dictaphones, adding machines and mimeographs. Telephones were connected to wires so people could only reach you when you're in the office. God, I miss that. Not now! In 1978 the Canadian company Bell Northern Research wondered what would happen if every desk at a computer on it connected to a vast internetwork. Their incredibly handsome staff created an office that used crazy things like email, word processing, texting and document management. Then BNR pitted the computerize workers against the computerless old-school test group. This first-ever controlled experiment prove that the digital workers for more efficient innovative and effective and have more fun! Within only fifteen years office workers across the globe were playing electronic solitaire and watching cat videos to their hearts content. And that's something you might not know about Canada!

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