We swap stories and ideas with the interactivity and immediacy of African moonlight folktales.
Telepresence is being there without being there. Telephone is a telepresence technology because it allows your voice to be there without your physically being there. What we are working on is on using robotics, virtual reality, computers and Internet to allow one to almost physically be there without being there.
Computers and the Internet has already enabled Igbos living abroad to form a virtual community, called Nno-ko Ndi-Igbo, whose members live in the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe, South Africa and Australia. At Nno-ko Ndi-Igbo, we hold almost live discussions of issues affecting Igbos at home and in the diaspora. We swap stories and ideas with the interactivity and immediacy of African moonlight folktales.
Nno-ko Ndi-Igbo and Naijanet virtual communities are examples of telepresence or being there without being there. The sense of "conversation" will increase in a few years, when Internet phone will be used to transmit both the voice and photograph of each speaker.
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