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The Big Picture: From Big Bang To Web Do you remember a fellow named Bran Ferrin (vice president of Disney Imagineering), speaking at ACORD’s annual conference in 1998, and his belief that the Internet was the equivalent of fire for mankind? Did you chuckle?

The late Michael Dertuzos (director of the MIT Computer Lab) spoke to us in 1999 along the same lines. I recall him waltzing around the stage while flailing his arms about, suggesting that cyberspace was not “somewhere out there”, but something that becomes part of our everyday lives whether we realized it or not.

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