I just got an interesting report on a technical conference that is to be held by moving electrons not people.

CISSE 2008 provides a virtual forum for presentation and discussion of the state-of the-art research on computers, information and systems sciences and engineering. CISSE 2008 is the fourth conference of the CISSE series of e-conferences. CISSE is the World’s first Engineering/Computing and Systems Research E-Conference. CISSE 2005 was the first high-caliber Research Conference in the world to be completely conducted online in real-time via the internet.

As the cost of energy goes up modems are replacing travel. I expect to see more of this as time goes on. It is not just the cost of energy. Travel time goes to zero. More bang for the buck all the way around.
Eric’s post The little firehouse that couldn’t beat the convention racket prompted me to cross post this from Power and Control.