Sony demos the CD at TED in 1984
Happy 30th birthday, compact disc! The CD was introduced in the fall of 1982 -- but in early 1984 it was still slowly rolling out to consumer markets. In this surprising demo onstage at the very first TED, in February 1984, Mickey Schulhof of the Sony Corporation describes and then demonstrates the use of the "compact disc digital audio."
And here's another talk from TED1 in 1984 -- Nicholas Negroponte's 1984 TED Talk: 4 predictions for the future (3 of them correct): http://blog.ted.com/2008/03/11/nicholas_negrop_1/