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Universal Time
iggy Posted: Wed Feb 25 21:01:17 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  slightly old but interesting

What is this new Universal Time?
Timed by Swatch

Internet Time represents a completely new global concept of time. So what is the deal? Basically, the Swatch Beat, the revolutionary new unit of time means the following:

No Time Zones
No Geographical Borders

How long is a Swatch beat? In short we have divided up the virtual and real day into 1000 "beats". One Swatch beat is the equivalent of 1 minute 26.4 seconds. That means that 12 noon in the old time system is the equivalent of @500 Swatch beats.

Okay, so how can a surfer in New York, or a passenger on a transatlantic flight know when it is @500 Swatch Beats in Central Europe for example? How can the New York surfer make a date for a chat with his cyber friend in Rome? Easy, Internet Time is the same all over the world.

How is this possible? We are not just creating a new way of measuring time, we are also creating a new meridian in Biel, Switzerland, home of Swatch. Biel Mean Time (BMT) will be the universal reference for Internet Time. A day in Internet Time begins at midnight BMT (@000 Swatch Beats) (Central European Wintertime).
The meridian is marked for all to see on the fašade of the Swatch International Headquarters on Jakob-Staempfli Street, Biel, Switzerland. So it is the same time all over the world, be it night or day, the era of time zones has disappeared.

The BMT meridian was inaugurated on 23 October 1998 in the presence of Nicholas Negroponte, founder and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Laboratory.

webmaster Posted: Thu Feb 26 03:37:16 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  This will catch on sooner or later. As we start to colonise the moon and other planets, we will devise new forms of 'universal' time measurements to standardise everything. Very interesting, and very exciting.

mat_j Posted: Fri Feb 27 02:04:18 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  That sounds pretty cool though i don't quite understand it

antartica Posted: Fri Feb 27 10:19:59 2004 Post | Quote in Reply


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