AFTER COMPLETING THIS CHAPTER, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:
Explain the methods being used to speed up the Internet, and know how to avoid consuming unnecessary bandwidth when you use the Net.
Reflect on the human interface and the role that personal digital assistants (PDAs) will play in the future of the Internet.
Understand how artificial intelligence makes it possible for people to make more efficient use of the Internet.
Know what bots can do for you on the Information Superhighway
Define HDTV and consider the role digital television will play in the future of the Internet.
Explain how digital hubs are connecting home entertainment devices into wireless Ethernet networks.
INTERNET LITERACY RESOURCES:

Improving the Infrastructure
 

Have you been plagued by the "World Wide Wait?" Take a look at each of these innovations and describe how they will help alleviate the wait.

Basic Technology
Explained
Web Developers Virtual Library
About.com

Web Hosts

Web Developers Virtual Library's
List of Streaming Hosts

Akamai
Internet2


Motorola MPX200
Smartphone


Toshiba Dual Band PDA Phone

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi.com
Bluetooth tutorial WiFi Freespot Directory


IP Telephony
 

As Internet telephony moves ahead, there are both technical and commercial questions to be answered. What promises and what roadblocks do you see ahead?


Microsoft Telephony Overview

W3C "Voice Browser" Activity

Yahoo Internet Telephony Service Providers Directory

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Personal Digital Assistants
 

Personal Digital Assistants provide a broad array of capabilities. If you were selecting a PDA, which one would you choose? Which features helped you make your decision?

Pocket PC

Palm Computing


  Comparisons of Popular Handhelds

Smart Watch

Artificial Intelligence
 

These are examples of applications on the cutting edge. Which ones have you already tried? Which ones look the most promising to you?



Apple's Speech
Recognition
Dragon NaturallySpeaking
Plain Talk
Apple's PlainTalk
Google Language Tools Alta Vista Translator
Virage

FerretSoft

StreetPrices

MSN eShop

Priceline.com

mySimon

BotSpot

BottomDollar

AddALL

Software Agents Group

Multi-Agent Systems Laboratory

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Digital Television and Video
 

Which of these advances hold the most promise for your own life? Which would you be willing to pay a premium for?



HDTV Pub
Current Online Briefing

 



Microsoft reviews PocketTV PocketTV
MSN TV Microsoft TV

Digital Hubs
 

How will multimedia digital hubs make your life different? Do you think this technology will be adapted quickly or will we see parts of it enter our lives?


Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition

MOXI Media Center

Apple Digital Hub

About.com: Home Automation




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