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The Information Society: From Virtual Reality to Reality

JEAN-GUY RENS
Partners in telecommunications Vol.3, No 6,
November/ December, 1995
Magazine for Bell Employees in Quebec

A series of pulses flash through a fiber-optic network--unseen, unheard, unfelt in the absolute optoelectronic stillness. Several million dollars have just changed hands.

What's known in computer jargon as "real time" is nothing other than the speed of light. The accelerating pace of financial, professional and, finally, human transactions is having repercussions on every sector of society: work, leisure, intellectual property, censorship, privacy... Nothing is left untouched.

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