Electrical Engineering The Disappearance of Telecommunications This thought-provoking book on the future of Telecommunications and computing technology is about the promises and challenges awaiting our high-tech world as a new Knowledge Age emerges. The Disappearance of Telecommunications stems from the best-selling 1997 Italian edition, which now has been translated and vastly expanded to offer stimulating insights into the new directions of the first decade in the next millennium. This fascinating book, based on todays trends and experiences, uses as little technical jargon as possible to explain how telecommunications will become seamlessly integrated in an increasing number of everyday products and services. Learn how these advances will create a world without the traditional bounds of time and space, a world populated by intelligent objects. This edition explains new concepts and the latest technologies reflecting the fast pace of evolution of computers and telecommunications such as*New concepts in telecommunications networks*Voice, data, and video integration*Advances in digital text processing*Electronic commerce*Robots, agents, and avatarsTo reflect the rapidly changing face of technology, Web addresses for the latest technical developments are referenced throughout the book. Also, a dedicated Web site for The Disappearance of Telecommunications provides timely updates for current Web address information. This book is for anyone who is curious about how the evolution of technology, industry, society, and culture will impact our future.