Wow, that’s familiar. The video below is a promotional look at packetized voice conferencing via ARPANet in January 1978. Like all conference calls, someone has trouble dialing in, everyone else sits around waiting for them, and then nothing is accomplished. Really, the only thing missing is having to ask everyone to mute because of loud background noise.

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He serves on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.

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This is so awesome, David! Thanks for sharing it. I wonder what the folks then would make of what we have now? Will the tech be better 40 years from now?

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