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      [IT] could actually [BE] said that I was there BEFORE the Beginning.

    By the TIME of the WYSIWYG 128K Apple Mac launch in 1984the

    machine that acted as THE SEED with which Tim Berners Lee was 

    able to CREATE the World Wide Web as we know it today • I had

    already launched, in association with Acorn Computers in concert

    with the BBC Computer Literacy Project, a BBC Microcomputer based

    INTERACTIVE MULTIMEDIA 'simulation system', which was reported

    enthusiastically in the Financial Times Technology Column, that

    consequently transmogrified over time into the Apple Colour

    Macintosh based Integrated Communications Bureau Solution that was

    launched at THE ART of the POSSIBLE event in Abingdon, Berks; on

    the very day that our then Prime Minister Mrs Margaret Thatcher,  

    tendered her resignation


      You are about to witness history in the making.


     As Machiavelli wrote in 1513... "no one truly believes anything until they

    have had actual experince of it" We have invited you all here today -

    manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, consultants, clients and

    potential clients, to witness  "The ART of the POSSIBLE"

    "The ART of the POSSIBLE" 
of Interactive Multimedia Communications.


    The vision that has brought us here today is my own vision, one which I have

     had since a child. A vision of a time when we would not necessarily have to

     communicate our ideas through words and numbers, or pictures, or films, or

     sound alone, but in ways that were an amalgum of all these media. After

     several years of involvement with the computer industry, my own experience

     of mainframes, minis and personal computers led me to pronounce in 1987

    - with the advent of the Apple Macintosh II and its open architecture, colour

     and Hypercard, "That the first piece of the jigsaw was in place "

     & that my suggestion, as consultant to Apple Inc., was that - " Hypercard

     was so important that it should be sold for $3500 and the Macintosh

     given away with it free of charge "

    Since that time, the Macintosh II computer has been developed and

    configured to interface with every individual medium of communication

    be it in print, graphics, modelling, animation, photography, video or sound -

    in the most advanced network environments thus far established. It is this

    relationship which allows us, as individuals, to interact with each of the

    individual media in a "cut & paste" "WYSIWYG fashion.
    The key point now , however, is that the common networked client

    platform for interaction across all media types is the Apple Macintosh.

    A platform which allows us to "cut & paste" across all media types not

    just within media types.



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Comment by Michael Grove on April 9, 2019 at 17:01

  [IT] was as a result of Tony Dale and Mike Smith of Oxford

  University Press attending a presentation of mine at Newnham

  Ladies College, Cambridge, following the launch of the INTERACTIVE

  MULTIMEDIA 'simulation system' • which I had developed in 

  association with the BBC Computer Literacy Project and Orbis, the

  R&D ARM of Acorn Computers • that I was engaged as a consultant

  to OUP for the research and development of the Volcano Videodisc

  Project, the potential transfer of the OED onto CD-ROM and then

  following the subsequent European launch of the DiceNET Colour

  Server System, the supply of a customised bespoke system to be able 

  to transfer the massive archive of OUP Hand-produced Multi-

  Coloured Artwork into a computer accessible Library of Digital

  Images, which was installed into a basement room adjacent to where

  the very first version of an OUP Printing Press was originally installed

  and marked with a brass plaque in the floor.


Comment by Michael Grove on May 18, 2022 at 10:06

IN the context of my own in-depth understanding of the MEASURE of ALL THINGS I can only convey my admiration of and commitment to the very IDEA of

Fuller's finetuning communication concerns, by way of developing and using words that are consistent with scientific reality, is one facet of the role of language with respect to synergetics • & another deals with the difficulty of describing visual and structural patterns.


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