∗ 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.
Roberto Saracco is director of marketing and communications at CSELT, the research lab of the Telecom Italia Group. Mr. Saracco has chaired the European Visionary Research Group on the Super Intelligent Network, which designed goals for research beyond the year 2000. He also chaired the CNOM and EntNtet Technical Committee for the IEEE Communications Society, and since 1998 has served as the Society′s secretary of the Technical Affairs Council.
Jeffrey R. Harrow is a senior consulting engineer for Compaq′s Technology and Corporate Development Organization. Mr. Harrow writes a weekly technology journal, The Rapidly Changing Face of Computing, which is available on the Web at [external URL] and which explores the innovations and trends of contemporary computing and the technologies that drive them. He also shares seminars on the subject with audiences worldwide.
Robert Weihmayer is director of Information Technology for Enterprise Systems at GTE Internetworking in Cambridge, MA. Mr. Weihmayer is the author of over 20 technical papers in the area of combinatorial optimization and artificial intelligence applied to telecommunications network design, planning, and management. Currently, he is cochair of the Technical Program Committee for NOMS 2000, the IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium.