"You Will" was an AT&T marketing campaign that launched in 1993, consisting of commercials directed by David Fincher. Each ad presented a futuristic scenario beginning with "Have you ever…" and ending with "…you will. And the company that will bring it to you: AT&T."
The creative team that created the ad campaign at N.W. Ayer & Partners were Copy Supervisor Gordon Hasse, Art Supervisor Nick Scordato and Producer Gaston Braun.
In 2016, technology writer Timothy B. Lee commented that "overall, the ads were remarkably accurate in predicting the cutting-edge technologies of the coming decades. But the ads were mostly wrong about one thing: the company that brought these technologies to the world was not AT&T", except for AT&T provided some of the world's communication infrastructure.
The proposed innovations included:
- Grocery checkout machines that would process an entire cart at a time without the groceries needing to be removed, presumably via RFID or something similar ("Have you ever checked out at the supermarket, a whole cart at a time?")
- Telemedicine ("[Have you ever] put your heads together, when you're not together?")
- Intelligent personal assistants ("Have you ever had an assistant who lived in your computer?")
- Videoconferencing ("Have you ever shown up for a meeting in your bare feet?")
- GPS navigation systems with automatic rerouting based on live traffic ("Have you ever crossed the country without stopping to ask directions?")
- Wi-Fi/WAN, tablet computing and portable pen computing ("Have you ever sent a fax from the beach?")
- Smartwatches ("[Have you ever] gotten a phone call, on your wrist?")
- Self-service kiosks ("Have you ever renewed your drivers license at a cash machine?")
- Real-time online collaboration, envisioned as two students teaching each other their native languages over videophone ("Have you ever studied with a classmate thousands of miles away?") and, in a separate ad, as a father reading a bed-time story to his child remotely, while they both view the same page of the story on their individual laptops.
- Online libraries ("Have you ever borrowed a book, thousands of miles away?")
- Electronic toll collection ("Have you ever paid a toll without slowing down?")
- Video on demand ("Have you ever watched the movie you wanted to, when you wanted to?")
- A combination of video conferencing, speech recognition, and translation software ("[Have you ever] conducted business in a language you don't understand?")
- Home automation ("[Have you ever] kept an eye on your home when you're not at home?") which is accessed in the ad via what resembles a touchscreen smartphone.
- Distance learning ("[Have you ever] learned special things, from far away places"?) as a student learns the history of jazz via video conference with his teacher.
- Remember The AT&T Ads About the Future? You Will
- David Fincher - Other works
- Lee, Timothy B. (28 July 2016). "We live in the future AT&T imagined in 1994 [sic]". Vox. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
- Kicker Studio | AT&T’s “You Will” Ads, 15 Years Later
- "AT&T - You Will/Market (1994) 0:30 (USA) | Adland ®". adland.tv. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
- "AT&T - You Will/Class (1994) 0:30 (USA) | Adland ®". adland.tv. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
- Press release announcing the campaign
- Series of four ads on YouTube
- Six of the ads from adland.tv
- New AT&T "You Will" spots created by the AT&T Tech Channel