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Source: Snow Crash, Page: 264

The Feds still operate in flatland. None of this three-dimensional stuff, no goggles, no stereo sound. The computers are all basic flat-screen two-dimensional numbers. Windows appear on the desktop, with little text documents inside. All part of the austerity program. Soon to reap major benefits.

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This quote from Snowcrash, is perhaps the most obvious and oh-so-true yet profound thing the book says.

No matter how concrete the data that 3D working environments and immersive, intuitive interfaces boost productivity and workflow significantly above that evidenced by window, icon and pointer monitor screen and keyboard setups, government agencies and the beaurocratic chain are unlikely to ever take them up.

The last organisations on the planet to resist the multiverse, resist increased performance, increased value for money from employees and the ability to work easily regardless of location, will be government agencies.

This is evident from those of us trying to tempt government agencies to today?s technologies. No matter how clear the benefits, no matter how justifiable the cost, if it does not fit neatly into the form-filler mentality, it is not acceptable.

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About the Book 'Snow Crash'
By Neal Stephenson
Produced By Bantam Spectra

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