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Smart Videoconferencing by Lewis Barlow, Peta Peter, Janelle Barlow

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1 Videoconferencing: A Twenty-First Century Business Tool

For many, it was the highlight of the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. People waited in the heat in long lines at the AT&T Pavilion to talk with—and see at the same time—a stranger from another fair location. The Bell Labs’ Picturephone was, more or less, successfully demonstrated to the public. People were excited. Many were convinced—or told—the future had arrived.

Videoconferencing had actually been around for decades. It was first demonstrated by Bell Labs technicians who displayed a crude link between Washington, D.C. and New York City in the 1920s. Those in the know hoped this visionary medium would soon realize its potential. It did not. Even after the 1964 World’s Fair ...

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