Re: Intel & Video Conferencing

Dick Cogger (
Sun, 28 May 1995 20:17:24 -0400

>Concerning your pursuit of "multi-party" sessions I've always assumed
>that this was solely based on a central "educational" use (which I
>like). Was that the case?

Do you mean as in "distance Ed" or giving a lecture? That's possible, of
course, but multiparty conferences also extend to business meetings, panel
discussions, etc., etc. I've nothing against 2-party conferences (phone
calls), by the way. But if you design for multiparty, you pretty much get
2-party but not vice versa. So I think the answer is no, but I'm not sure
what you mean by "central" in your question.
We've also been thinking about supporting other common modes of
human interaction, such as a presentation or a debate, with an "observer
class" (audience), but with support for the "microphone in the aisle" where
observer-participants can queue to become temporary active-participants.
And where observers can send up a question on a card to the moderator or
where the audience can vote.
What we have on the Cornell reflector is a sort of electronic
cocktail party, and we're thinking about how to support that better, as
well. In a lot of ways, it is the most challenging environment to deal
with, and it's not clear it's worth working on.