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Looks like an interesting place to visit...
Judy Hallman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Subject: NETWORKED PLANET EXHIBIT
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 1994 02:16:09 GMT
Gail Jennes (East Coast)
Carol Welsh (West Coast) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE COMPUTER MUSEUM'S NEW PERMANENT EXHIBIT
MAKES THE INFORMATION HIGHWAY "VISIBLE"
Boston, MA (November 1, 1994) - On November 12, 1994, The Computer Museum opens
THE NETWORKED PLANET, the first exhibit to make the "information highway" and
global networks accessible to the general public. In one hour, visitors to the
exhibit can see, feel and use the "information highway" and understand when and
how it touches them.
The only exhibit of its kind in the world, THE NETWORKED PLANET: Traveling the
Information Highway(TM) is a $2 million microcosm of global networks. The
exhibit reveals the inner workings of the large-scale "invisible" networks that
we rely on, such as global banking systems, telephone networks, and aircraft
tracking systems. It also provides access to new networking opportunities at
home, work and school through first-hand experiences with the Internet and
A July 1994 Harris poll showed that while 48 percent of adult Americans have
heard of the "information highway," most of them don't know much about its key
components. The Computer Museum decided to build the exhibit to address this
The exhibit is designed as a ride along the "information highway" with
electronic tour guides at every stop. Issued a Key Card, visitors log in and
pick a "Network Guide." In each new area, their guide explains both the
technology and impact of the network being highlighted, and prompts them to
weigh the costs and benefits of the technology. The issues of privacy,
information overload, and life and love in the new electronic age are raised.
"This exhibit is significant because networks affect every man, woman, child
and community," said Boston University Professor of Management Lee Sproull, a
member of the exhibit's NEH-funded humanities advisory board.
Large-scale "Invisible" Networks
* Travel down a 3D animated telephone line and find out how all kinds of
network connections (e-mail, cellular calls or fax) are made over the
* Watch a live satellite, radar and lightning sensor feed of weather across
* Track the location of all commercial planes in the air.
* Follow the flow of over $3 trillion around the globe each day through the
S.W.I.F.T. banking network.
* Discover the Internet, using the "Internet Sampler" to explore various
communities and services available on the world's largest computer
network. As of December 1, 1994, the "Sampler" will be accessible on the
World Wide Web at "http://www.net.org".
* Sample a variety of commercial on-line services including America Online,
eWorld and CompuServe.
* Find out how life on the "information highway" can impact your health and
what you can do about it.
This exhibit involves the creative and technical expertise and support of over
200 people from over 50 corporations and institutions around the world. The
exhibit runs on its own computer network, enabling the Network Guides to track
visitors. Sprint fiber optic T1 lines permit live network feeds from around the
The NETWORKED PLANET is made possible with support from: Principal Sponsor:
Sprint. Major Underwriters: National Science Foundation, National Endowment for
the Humanities. Major Sponsors: Apple Computer, Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company,
Novell, Inc., NYNEX Corporation, Stratus Computer, Inc., S.W.I.F.T. Supporting
Sponsors: Banyan Systems Inc., Chipcom Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Fannie
Cox Foundation, Harvard Community Health Plan Foundation, Morgridge Family
Foundation, Pisces Productions, Paul and Kathleen Severino, Sun Microsystems,
Inc., Thomson Financial Services, and Wellfleet Communications, Inc.