Podcast: The Future of the Internet (from 1993)

The NPR show Science Friday pulled one an old show from their archive this week. It dates from 1993, and the topic is the Internet. Normally a show this old wouldn't be all that interesting, but this is NPR's first podcast. Also, one of the participants was using VOIP (more likely a pre-VOIP protocol). How cool is that?

Here is my favorite part:

FLATOW: Now let's make it clear to everyone who's listening that you're not on the telephone, are you?

TOM: No, I'm sitting in front of a workstation, and I have a microphone and a speaker. And I can see a list of the people who are getting ready to talk. And I can hear your voice.

FLATOW: Hmm. Is this something that only someone with a big computer can do?

TOM: The computer I've got is about the size of a phonebook. It's a UNIX workstation. It's about an $8,000 investment. And while I'm doing this, I'm also reading electronic mail and doing a little programming, waiting for my turn.

Leaving aside the expensive computer, he just described mine and many other people's daily life.

About Nate Hoffelder (11463 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.