Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Scenes from life on the data superhighway

Main Street through Cyberspaceville is a path most often traveled by writers of fiction, as well as a favorite avenue for cruising by vice presidents; but Main Street may turn out to be little more than a dirt trail for covered wagons rather than a freeway for electric cars.
Why? Let's get real for a moment.

What kind of home computer is going to recycle a gigabit of multimedia consumer trash during every second of prime time? What kind of cable TV company is going to serve 100,000 distributed interactive game players in real time? What kind of computer is going to provide full-time knowledge services to the inert cyberpunk Simpsons?

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