Systems for the Nineties - Distributed Multimedia Systems


Mullender, Sape J. (1991) Systems for the Nineties - Distributed Multimedia Systems. In: International Workshop on Operating Systems of the 90s and Beyond, July 8-12, 1991, Schloß Dagstuhl, Germany (pp. pp. 273-278).

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Abstract:We live at the dawn of the information age. The capabilities of computers to store and look up information are only just beginning to be exploited. As little as ten years ago, practically all the information stored in computers was entered and retrieved in the form of text. Today, we are just starting to use other means of communicating information between people and machines -- computers can now scan images, they can record sound, they can produce synthesized speech, and they can show two- and three-dimensional images of spatial data. The realization that we are still at the beginning of the information age comes when we notice the vast difference between the way in which people interact with each other and the way in which people can interact with (or through) machines. When people communicate, they tend to use speech, gestures, touch, even smell; they draw pictures on the white board, they use text, pictures, photos, graphs, sometimes even video presentations. nterpersonal communication is truly multimedia communication in that it makes use of all our senses.
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