Do your shopping, banking and get messages right in your living room. You can also play games, get up to the minute stock quotes, recipes. Why waste time driving to the store or library when you could be using that for quality time with your family. School work is a breeze with instant access to books and encyclopedias at the touch of a button. In 1983, the future is here NOW!
ITworld had a great article about the Viewtron system which gave people access to information, online shopping and banking and much of what the Internet is today. This was in 1983. Cool stuff!