Before taking off on my bicycle in 1983, I had spoken at this conference about the application of personal computers to online information retrieval (Dialog and other systems which, for a dollar or more a minute, would disgorge bibliographic records and other structured forms of data).
In 1986, I returned to New York to report on the application of CompuServe to my new technomadic existence… a hint at what ubiquitous computing and connectivity tools might someday bring. (Sitting here three decade later with a smartphone in my pocket, OCR’ing this into WordPress, it’s hard to remember just how radical this idea was back then.)
This took place during the interlude between the Winnebiko and Winnebiko II eras, when I had a flirtation with employment for about 6 months at Discovery Systems (founded by the former president of CompuServe) to develop interactive videodisc software.
Speech at National Online Meeting
New York City
May 8, 1986
The 18-month experience yielded a book (Computing Across America—the Bicycle Odyssey of a High-tech Nomad) as well as dozens of magazine articles. Now Steve will be in New York to wind up NOM-86 with a spirited look at life in Dataspace…
- On-the-road adventure
- The electronic pub—where brain meets brain
- Life as an agent of future shock
- Breaking the chains—leaving your desk behind
- The greatest risk of all