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What Hath Voice over IP Wrought? (Part 1 of 2)

July 29, 2004 - Jim Reavis

It is not possible in a few short words for me to describe just how profoundly our lives have been and will continue to be changed by the Internet. Beyond the obvious changes in the way we live and work, it is becoming deeply embedded into our psyche, to the point where many people frame their world view through their connectivity - the life we live online and the life we live offline. The life we live offline has been rapidly shrinking, every summer the cellular reception gets better during my treks into the local mountains.

Despite the tone I am taking, don't assume that I am saying that this is a bad thing. The market is delivering the pervasive online experience because we are asking for it, and we are asking for it to make our lives richer. In some cases it is also making our lives simpler, which is what we should expect, but in other cases it is making our lives more complex. The twenty year old joke about the flashing 12:00 on the VCR is only the tip of the iceberg, technology is poised to add a few more layers of complexity to our lives in the next few years. The Internet is now stretching itself not only to provide new services, but to retrofit a service that we all take for granted - the telephone.

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V2N10: July, 2004

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