MBONE: Multicasting Tomorrow's Internet
But then, that's what happens to all successful technologies. Ask most 20-year olds if they're in awe of television's ability to bring live video and audio signals into their house from somewhere half-way around the globe, and you're likely to be greeted with stares of incomprehension. For that matter, try to explain to them how truly wonderful it is that your PC plays the video introduction to Wing Commander III without burping even once; the incomprehension continues. Then turn around and wax eloquently about how amazing it feels to be talking on the phone with someone three time zones away, or that you're listening to a baseball game in another city, or that you turn the key in your ignition and the car seems to start by itself.
If the MBONE works well, it will quickly be taken for granted. Indeed, its name might even disappear. You'll walk into a room and ask, "How's the MBONE performing today?" and someone at the table will say, "MBONE? No idea. Let's just get on with the videoconference." It's only a matter of time.
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