As digital computing costs decline over the next ten years, computer technology’s most widespread use will be in consumer applications. The future digital television screen will be a natural visual control center for many new applications, such as normal television entertainment, virtual reality games, home control systems, interactive books, magazines and newsprirt~ and telephonic, televideo and data communications. A client-server network environment can exist in which the network is the merged cable-tv/telephone system, the client is a home telecomputer that controls the images seen, and the server is a multi-mdla computer system that is integral to the cable “head-end” or telecommunications “central-office.’1 In this paper, I attempt to define the functionality of a telecomputer so that the broadest set of applications is possible.
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