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The event "Success in Cyberspace" was part of a series of national conferences presented in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, in the 1990s, which were designed to promote not only the advancement of high technology, but also the kind of thinking necessary if the Information Age were to become a positive force in human life. "Success in Cyberspace" took place on Friday, October 20, 1995, and renowned Science Fiction author Ray Bradbury gave the keynote address for the conference.
Appropriate to the theme of the conference, Mr. Bradbury presented his remarks in one of the first widescreen, high definition videos ever made. In this video, Ray Bradbury gives his advice and counsel on how best to approach the Information Age so that it will bring success for humans moving into a totally new era.
In what appears to be the last remaining copy, the video has recently been found, and, as a result, Mr. Ray Bradbury returns to the present like his now-legendary time traveler Craig Bennett Stiles in Bradbury's The Toynbee Convector to give Mr. Bradbury's timeless insight into how humans can achieve "Success in Cyberspace."
The video was produced and directed by James R. Messenger, Emmy Winner and two-time Academy Award nominee, and was photographed by Emmy Winner Arnie Sirlin.
A Viewing Note: You may find that multiple viewings of Mr. Bradbury's video essay might be in order due to the concentrated thought he presents.
An Historical Note: It should be noted that a primary force behind these Atlanta conferences of such importance to the evolution of high technology was Richard K. Snelling, Sr., Executive Vice President - Network, BellSouth, who was also Director & CEO, Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT). Dick Snelling was a visionary who was the first person to conceive of the convergence of consumer electronics and high technology that has now occurred; who also conceived and built the first self-healing networks providing continuous, uninterrupted service (with the first important use being during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta); and who pioneered the use of fiber optic digital cable, a basic tool of the Information Age that enables high capacity transmission.
The impact of these conferences can be depicted by the fact that Mr. Bill Gates was first introduced to the concept of networked computing by an invitation to participate as a speaker at the first of these conferences, "Information Technology: AT THE EDGE," which took place in October 1993. While Steve Ballmer ultimately served as Microsoft's speaker, an outcome of this conference was Bill Gates's own vision of the future, his 1995 book The Road Ahead, which included a CD-ROM of the text of the book, an adaptation of the unique CD invitation to the conference.
The partnership of Dick Snelling, BellSouth, and Jim Messenger, AT&T/Lucent Technologies (who conceived The Theory of the Information Age on December 12, 1982), in advancing high technology was central to the creation of the infrastructure which has now become the economic/technological/social phenomenon known as the Information Age. Virtually every advance seen today rests upon the work of this two-man team in conceiving and putting into place the all-important digital technology foundation enabling the interconnection of computers via telecommunications.
There were three landmark Atlanta conferences, which had participation from high technology, business, government, and educational leadership from around the world:
- "Information Technology: AT THE EDGE" - 1993
To many, "Information Technology: AT THE EDGE" represents the starting point of the Information Age, for this was the first major conference attended by leaders in business, government, telecommunications, Information Technology, etc. from around the world who first acknowledged that the planet had reached a critical mass in the development of high technology and humans were crossing into a new economic/technological/social era that would soon solidify into a true new age. Listen to the audio CD invitation here:
- "Cruising the Information Highway" - 1994
"Cruising the Information Highway" was a "mini World's Fair" dedicated to demonstrating the application of high technology in every facet of life – business, home, education, medicine, government, etc. Attendees were stunned by the depth and breadth of applications that had already been developed at this early stage.
- "Success in Cyberspace" - 1995
"Success in Cyberspace" was a conference focused upon the practical management and positive evolution of high technology, featuring Mr. Ray Bradbury as Keynote Speaker.
This series of events concluded with a major news conference/technology demonstration in June 1996, just prior to the Centennial Olympic Games:
- "The Olympic Games at the Speed of Light" - 1996
"The Olympic Games at the Speed of Light" was a major demonstration of the power of the self-healing fiber optic network built to support the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. This was the first large-scale demonstration of an optical fiber network (which could handle 1.5 million simultaneous calls). When an actual fiber optic cable leg of the network was cut by BellSouth Chairman Bill Clendenin and Joe Mauriello, Vice President, Lucent Technologies, in a live demonstration at a major press conference, the network healed itself within a fraction of a second (41 milliseconds) and the audience present did not detect an outage, proving the viability of moving to high capacity optical fiber networks – and marking an end to the use of copper cable – as a core foundation for development of the Information Age.
The video that changed the world. “Defining the Information Age” started life as a large videowall presentation at AT&T's Executive Visitor Center co-located with the network operations center for the AT&T Worldwide Intelligent Network in Bedminster, New Jersey. The presentation was used with the world’s leadership in telecommunications, Information Technology, business, government, education, and other fields as a tool to persuade the world to rebuild the planet’s telephone networks as all-digital systems to enable the interconnection of computers via telecommunications.
“Defining the Information Age” was the first major presentation of The Theory of the Information Age – developed within AT&T by James R. Messenger on December 12, 1982 – which has now revolutionized the world.
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