Donna is able to persuade Cameron to meet about the project, the meeting to take place coinciding with Cameron and Tom's trip to the States to visit with family over the Christmas holidays. Donna feels forced to invite Joe if only to appease Cameron. Joe, in turn, invites Gordon, believing he having useful input seeing that they worked together on the NSFNET project. And Cameron invites Tom. The project, as Donna initially lays out to them and which uses Gordon and Joe's work on the NSFNET as the impetus, is to create a means for all the individual networks worldwide to be connected to each other - the world wide web or the Internet or whatever else they may want to call it. Those around the table each are excited by certain aspects but have some issue with the project, whether it be defining purpose, having conflicting visions of form, having issues with timing, or other issues. Joe brings important information to the table based on a conference he recently attended about relatively ...
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At the conference when they first talk about their plans Gordon mentions the "disgraced megalomaniac." He's talking about Steve Jobs who had been booted out of Apple Computer (the company he co-founded) at which point he then founded NeXT Computer, the machine talked about and later shown at the end. Like the Macintosh, the NeXT was ahead of its time, but bugged by a series of technical issues and a hefty price tag, it was never a success. In the late 90's, when Apple was in desperate shape and facing possible bankruptcy, it bought NeXT Computer and used its technology to reinvigorate the company. With Jobs also back on board as chairman, Apple rebounded and eventually become the biggest company in the world. See more
What? I'm so sick of hearing about the future. What is that? The future is just another crappy version of the present. It's some bribe people offer you to make you do what they want instead of what you want.
There's no such thing as the future, hey? All there is is now.
References The Jazz Singer
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Bob Dylan
[The song is playing when Gordon, Joe and Cameron are around the computer at the end of the episode] See more