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Polymedia is a step up from multimedia

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Jonar Nader speaks about artificial life and questions the possibility of a computer to learn to think for itself. To listen to an excerpt from the radio broadcast, please click on the green play button below.

Here is a transcript of the audio file.

Host: A couple of words of the week to extend our knowledge, ‘Polymedia’.

Jonar Nader: Now ‘multimedia’ means multiple medium. That includes sound and graphics and animation and text and all those things. ‘Polymedia’ is something that will include smell, so not only will you be able to play the game that you are driving through a forest you will be able to smell the game that you are driving through the forest. There are already headsets being introduced in the US called the ‘experience system’. For a mere $12,000 you can have this system which enables you to have very high density, high graphics data glasses, a chair that will shake and vibrate and give you some G force, and as well as that, a few sniffs up the nose. The trouble is you have to wait for one smell to go before the other one pumps in.

Host: Smellavision

Jonar Nader: Hey good word.

Host: another quick one OTW another acronym.

Jonar Nader: Oh yes well if someone calls and you say Mr Jones is on the telephone, say OTW and it means ‘On The Web’, and instead of saying ‘would you like to hold? The question is ‘would you care to join him?’ Because you can join him on the web and have a session.

Host: The ever changing world. Jonar thanks for coming in, we look forward to talking to you from whatever country you’re in.

Jonar Nader: Maybe India

Host: Jonar Nader the president of the Australian Information Technology Society who next week could be anywhere in the world.

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