From Mon Nov 14 19:08:25 EST 1994 Article: 828 of triangle.freenet Path:!oit-mail2news-gateway From: (Judy Hallman) Newsgroups: triangle.freenet Subject: Net.Hap.fwd: MISC> NETWORKED PLANET EXHIBIT Date: 13 Nov 1994 19:56:59 -0000 Organization: Triangle Freenet People Lines: 106 Sender: Distribution: triangle Message-ID: Reply-To: NNTP-Posting-Host: To Triangle Free-Net list: Looks like an interesting place to visit... Judy Hallman ( ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Tue, 8 Nov 1994 08:38:19 -0600 (CST) From: Gleason Sackman To: net-happenings Subject: MISC> NETWORKED PLANET EXHIBIT (fwd) ---------- Forwarded message ---------- SENDER: (Steve Golson) Subject: NETWORKED PLANET EXHIBIT Date: Tue, 8 Nov 1994 02:16:09 GMT CONTACT Gail Jennes (East Coast) 617-426-2800 x341 Internet: Carol Welsh (West Coast) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 415-323-1909 Internet: THE COMPUTER MUSEUM'S NEW PERMANENT EXHIBIT MAKES THE INFORMATION HIGHWAY "VISIBLE" Boston, MA (November 1, 1994) - On November 12, 1994, The Computer Museum opens THE NETWORKED PLANET, the first exhibit to make the "information highway" and global networks accessible to the general public. In one hour, visitors to the exhibit can see, feel and use the "information highway" and understand when and how it touches them. The only exhibit of its kind in the world, THE NETWORKED PLANET: Traveling the Information Highway(TM) is a $2 million microcosm of global networks. The exhibit reveals the inner workings of the large-scale "invisible" networks that we rely on, such as global banking systems, telephone networks, and aircraft tracking systems. It also provides access to new networking opportunities at home, work and school through first-hand experiences with the Internet and on-line services. A July 1994 Harris poll showed that while 48 percent of adult Americans have heard of the "information highway," most of them don't know much about its key components. The Computer Museum decided to build the exhibit to address this confusion. The exhibit is designed as a ride along the "information highway" with electronic tour guides at every stop. Issued a Key Card, visitors log in and pick a "Network Guide." In each new area, their guide explains both the technology and impact of the network being highlighted, and prompts them to weigh the costs and benefits of the technology. The issues of privacy, information overload, and life and love in the new electronic age are raised. "This exhibit is significant because networks affect every man, woman, child and community," said Boston University Professor of Management Lee Sproull, a member of the exhibit's NEH-funded humanities advisory board. HIGHLIGHTS Large-scale "Invisible" Networks * Travel down a 3D animated telephone line and find out how all kinds of network connections (e-mail, cellular calls or fax) are made over the phone system. * Watch a live satellite, radar and lightning sensor feed of weather across the USA. * Track the location of all commercial planes in the air. * Follow the flow of over $3 trillion around the globe each day through the S.W.I.F.T. banking network. Personal Tools * Discover the Internet, using the "Internet Sampler" to explore various communities and services available on the world's largest computer network. As of December 1, 1994, the "Sampler" will be accessible on the World Wide Web at "". * Sample a variety of commercial on-line services including America Online, eWorld and CompuServe. * Find out how life on the "information highway" can impact your health and what you can do about it. TECHNOLOGY This exhibit involves the creative and technical expertise and support of over 200 people from over 50 corporations and institutions around the world. The exhibit runs on its own computer network, enabling the Network Guides to track visitors. Sprint fiber optic T1 lines permit live network feeds from around the globe. The NETWORKED PLANET is made possible with support from: Principal Sponsor: Sprint. Major Underwriters: National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities. Major Sponsors: Apple Computer, Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, Novell, Inc., NYNEX Corporation, Stratus Computer, Inc., S.W.I.F.T. Supporting Sponsors: Banyan Systems Inc., Chipcom Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Fannie Cox Foundation, Harvard Community Health Plan Foundation, Morgridge Family Foundation, Pisces Productions, Paul and Kathleen Severino, Sun Microsystems, Inc., Thomson Financial Services, and Wellfleet Communications, Inc. -30-
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