Sunday, January 14, 2007

From the Latin & Greek for "Will Never Happen"

Telecommuting is a holy grail of professional workers - along with, perhaps, cheap comprehensive medical coverage and 1-1 employer matching of 401(k) contributions. Along with the paperless office, though, it's also one of those sure-thing aspects of the future that recedes as we approach it. Quoth the Economist in January 1974 (the first time "telecommute" was used in print):

As there is no logical reason why the cost of telecommunication should vary with distance, quite a lot of people by the late 1980s will telecommute daily to their London offices while living on a Pacific island if they want to.
If they want to...