In 1968, the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey blew me away. In the opening sequence showing life aboard the spaceship Discovery two astronauts are sitting at a desk, eating breakfast/dinner while watching a TV broadcast on flat rubber mat-like "newspads." When I saw this in the movie I thought it was amazing, and just about the coolest thing I'd ever seen (it is described in greater detail in the book). It seems that Clarke and Kubrick foresaw what Jobs would do, or perhaps, inspired Jobs to do it.
Either way, it's 2011 and I have one of those newspads, only way cooler... my iPad 2.