46 The Future of Videoconferencing

Unquestionably, we live in a world in which video has come to play a major role. Most people are comfortable with videos that monitor behavior for security purposes. Video cameras record all types of crimes: convenience store robberies, police abuse of citizens, accidents, bribes, plane hijackings, and even abuse of a child by a babysitter. The public looks forward to broadcasts of “accidental” videotape that shows an event captured live that the participants thought was private.

Now video has moved into the business world as a communication device. Future VC applications will be far-reaching and can only be imagined today. One day in the future it will be commonplace for us to eat a meal with a group ...

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