Australian Computer Society
Cyber Tour of the world of the Future via the Internet
Mr Tom Worthington
President, Australian Computer Society
Menzies Theatre, National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia
The audience will be taken on a world tour via the Internet. The guide, President of the Australian Computer Society and noted hitech tourist will show the world of today via the Internet, including glimpses of the future from advanced research projects. The tour will use a large screen video projector for images and sound, transmitted live to the
National Convention Centre from all parts of the world.
How this tour was prepared
One of the objectives was to show what was available on the Internet to anyone with a low cost personal computer (or from the PC at the local school or library). The presentation was prepared on my own laptop computer, which is about as powerful as the average PC being sold for home use now. It uses the same software as a home user would to use the Internet.
To get the items for the tour I issued a world wide request via Internet electronic mailing lists and the "news". People then e-mailed me suggestions (I got about thirty).
The presentation was prepared on my PC and up-loaded to the Internet (I use the Australian products Trumpet and Hot Dog).
In selecting items I avoided any which required expensive or unusual technology, which would not be available to home users. The equipment used is what I have paid for myself and use every day. The point of this is that if you already have a computer in your home or work, you have most of what is needed to connect to the world.
The following items were suggested by the people listed. Suggestions for more content would be welcome:
- Marine Biology, James Cook University, Ian Hunter
- Birds, Australian National Botanic Gardens, email@example.com (Rob McDonald)
- Maths, American Mathematical Society, firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob McDonald)
- Volcanoes, VolcanoWorld, Tim Redhead
- Fish Aus Fish Facts, email@example.com (John Larocque)
- Community Environmental Monitoring, Waterwatch Victoria, Ron Ipsen
- Medical and Veterinary Diagnostics, firstname.lastname@example.org (Greg Taylor)
- Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology, email@example.com
- Dublin University Mathematical Society, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Informatics Society of Iran, email@example.com
- Dutch Meteor Society, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Clementine Lunar Image Browser, Roger.Clarke@anu.edu.au (Roger Clarke)
- Electronic Journal of Combinatorics, Roger.Clarke@anu.edu.au (Roger Clarke)
- Hands-on Science Centers Worldwide, Donna Woodka
- Olivetti Research Lab, Cambridge UK, email@example.com (Roger Johnson)
- GUIDE TO AUSTRALIA
- Yothu Yindi
About the ACS
The Australian Computer Society is the professional association in
Australia for those in the computing and information technology fields.
It was established in 1966. The Society has over 16,000 members and on a
per capita basis is one of the largest computer societies in the world.