Matthew Fuller (by way of Pit Schultz <>) on Thu, 15 Feb 96 20:09 MET

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nettime: www made very easy

This article is from New Scientist, 3rd February 1996

COUCH POTATOES in America will soon be able to surf the World Wide Web with
no strain to their brains.
        While some cable companies are giving their customers high speed
access to the Web, a Michigan cable TV company in the US has taken an
interactive medium and turned it into ordinary TV.  Web Channel is an
automated Web-browser running on cable TV.  A software robot called Spider
browses the Web, the way a human might do, scrolling through pages and
jumping from hyperlink to hyperlink.  The results of Spider's travels are
carried live on TV.  Richard Wiggins, the channel's creator, says he simply
wants to show people <what this Web stuff is all about>.

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