∗ New concepts in telecommunications networks
∗ Voice, data, and video integration
∗ Advances in digital text processing
∗ Electronic commerce
∗ Robots, agents, and avatars
To reflect the rapidly changing face of technology, Web addresses for the latest technical developments are referenced throughout the book. Also, a dedicated Web site for The Disappearance of Telecommunications provides timely updates for current Web address information. This book is for anyone who is curious about how the evolution of technology, industry, society, and culture will impact our future.
INTRODUCTION––THE DISAPPEARANCE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS.
The Knowledge Age.
Defeating Space and Time.
Living in a World of "Intelligent Objects".
My Next Door Neighbor Lives 10,000 Doors Away.
Who Said That?
A Vision of Tomorrow: "A Million e–Businesses, Interacting with a Billion People, Through a Trillion Interconnected Intelligent Devices..."
What a Beautiful Voice.
It Doesn′t End Here...
About the Authors.