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Internet and information technologies: facts and fiction
Author(s): Ronald D. McNeil
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Paper Abstract

Information technology advances are spawning visions of radically altered modus operandi for commerce, education, business, information storage and receival. Proponents of virtual technology domination offer a world of instant communications, information sharing, and binary commerce. Some express alarm to the electronic visionaries and see an expected world vacated of human interactions, which is populated by e-hermits. The reality is that access to the Internet is becoming pervasive worldwide and affords a virtual community and markets. Governments, education, markets, businesses and consumers are rushing to exploit and adjust to an electronic, virtual world. The exploitation and adjustment to this an 'ether-world' transcends boundaries is a challenge to stakeholders. Public policy, international agreements, education, businesses and consumers face monumental change in the way they live and conduct their lives. As with most paradigms shifts, pioneers rush forward and launch a myriad of new startups with many failing and some standing the test of time and utility. An example is the early pioneers in North America who headed westward to in search of a new vision of riches. They established towns, developed farms, dug mines and began new businesses. However, many of the pioneers moved from one venture to another. Some of their endeavors ended with ghost towns, abandoned farms and mines, and bankrupt businesses. In the end, however, a great nation was born. This author expects the ether-world to go through similar starts, fits, and adjustments before it emerges as a more stable part of the fabric of society.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 2001
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4566, Internet-based Enterprise Integration and Management, (1 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.443129
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Ronald D. McNeil, Univ. of Massachusetts/Dartmouth (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4566:
Internet-based Enterprise Integration and Management
Angappa Gunasekaran; Yahaya Y. Yusuf, Editor(s)

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