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Guglielmo Marconi's radio gets futuristic. (Webcasting Magazine).

Between 1901 and 1903 Guglielmo Marconi created and then improved the wireless transoceanic links between Poldhu in Cornwall (U.K.) and the North American Atlantic coast in Newfoundland, Canada, and later in Cape Cod, near Boston.

This year, 100 years following these epic events, the Marconi Foundation and the town of Sasso Marconi, Italy will celebrate the town's most famous citizen by setting up the Atlantic Link Committee, comprising the Marconi Foundation, the Sasso Marconi town council, the National Research Center (CNR) of Pisa, several companies in the telecommunications sector and the patronage of the Italian President of the Republic.

A number of celebrating events will take place until 2003 with scientific studies and entertainment, including exhibitions, conferences and international meetings, which will lead to a grand finale called "Beyond the Horizon," whose aim is to have a virtual meeting, through radio waves, between the heads of state of the countries involved in Marconi's experiments.

Since Marconi facilitated the first communication between U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and England's King Edward VII in 1903, it is hoped that his legacy can do the same with the current heads of state, made possible with the use of "telepresence," an evolution of teleconference.
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Author:Chiarullo, Enzo
Publication:Video Age International
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EUIT
Date:Jan 1, 2002
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