Re: Teleworking; teletransportation

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Sun Apr 16 2000 - 21:24:39 MDT

>From: "Stirling Westrup" <>
>Emlyn (pentacle) wrote:
> > I've begun teleworking in earnest this year - pure teleworking where I'm
> > living 8 hours drive from the org I am coding for, and where I never
> > my coworkers in person.
> > So, what I need is to be able to
> > tele-travel. I'm thinking of companies that rent out robot bodies that
> > could control via VR helmets/gloves/etc..., so that I could rent a body
> > get about "in person", by remote control.
>A friend of mine has been talking about setting up a business to do this.
>He wouldn't rent out robots, of course, since the technology isn't up to
>it, but he would rent out people. Someone would go to a meeting or
>whatever, and would be equiped with a full set of computerized audio-
>visual communications gear. He would be your agent, with you watching over
>his shoulder and prompting him as to what to say and do. It sounds a
>little strange to me, but he thinks it would fly.

Seems a little strange to me too. For my money I'd much rather
teleconference. For me, the only reason to face-to-face with clients is to
enhance interpersonal relationships (its hard to buy somebody a drink via
teleconference link). That goal would hardly be helped by sending a
stranger wearing a cell phone ear-plug and a VR headset.


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