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Bill Gates

July 25 1996

How the advances in computer technology represent a revolution in communications and how this is going to reshape every business that there is today and even redefine the way we think of entertainment, the way we think of politics and perhaps most exciting how we think of education. Some miracle technologies. The chip. Decreasing costs. The changing ways that we think about computers. The key technology of optic fibre. The increasingly rapid rate of the amount of information we can put through an optic fibre. The complimentary nature of the PC and the Internet. Ways in which communications devices become a part of our daily lives: achieving critical mass. The fact that the Internet has achieved critical mass, with example. The nature of a critical mass phenomenon. Security issues for the Internet. The speed at which we are all connected together as the most difficult thing about the Internet. Ways to improve this. Improving the phone system with ISDN. The Internet as the greatest change, probably since the phone came along, in the way people do business. How rapidly the PC itself will be changing as an important element to keep in mind. The PC in five years. Advanced TV sets with new set-up boxes. Computers in the car. One global network. Things that will happen even more rapidly than a globally pervasive Internet. Uses of Intranets. Ken Nickerson then demonstrates the web to the audience. Mr. Nickerson next demonstrates shopping on the web. Some words from Mr. Gates about what we can expect in the near future.