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Telepresence is hear

You won't need to rely on spidey-sense to recognize visitations.

The telepresence technology will allow you to beam in on conferences or have them beam into your space:

A forecast by Wainhouse Research predicts that the telepresence market will grow by 100 percent over each of the next four years, although the firm doesn't expect the industry will reach the $1 billion mark by 2011.

Sounds a lot like Star Trek or Star Wars, doesn't it? The future has arrived much faster than we expected.

Right now the technology will give us 2-D but eventually we'll see 3-D holograms just like Princess L on R2D2.

I like the term "telepresence." It has that right mix of science and technology, and mysticism -- a bit of nano meets energy healing. Like teleportation, telekinesis, and telepathy. And presence is a sure sign of faith ... as in "practicing the Presence." It is all converging.

The only problem right now: with high-definition we'll be able to see people's wrinkles and warts, so telepresence can cause even more anxiety for those neurotically impaired regarding their appearance than real presence:

One man's face was ruddy, a woman had moles on her arms, and another man clearly wasn't an antiperspirant user. Their images were appearing on high-definition television, which has caused anxiety for countless appearance-obsessed Hollywood stars.

But these were businesspeople, not actors, and no makeup matted their shiny faces as they sat in a London office while their images appeared on four large TV screens at a conference room at the University of San Diego.

These are the problems of virtuality, but surely some high-tech touches can be made to amplify and enhance images so the physical imperfections are masked.

Now all we have to deal with are the non-physical imperfections. Time to practice the Presence so that telepresence can express the fullness of who we are.

And on the practical level, teleconferencing is going to save a lot of flying around the country. Plus we'll add cues from body language to the auditory signals of voice conferencing.
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