Posted by Johanna Fry, Public Relations InternDuring my summer internship on the public relations team at Cisco, I am able to get an insider’s view of what it means to be a part of Cisco and the Human Network. The Human Network is the ability to connect to anyone in the world through integrated technology. I am a Facebook and MySpace subscriber, but Cisco’s version of networking poses a much more attractive format to stay in touch with the people in my world. I want to stay in touch with friends, family, work and school contacts. I don’t want to be startled by loud talking robot heads trying to sell me ring tones.Telepresence, as an example, enables you to look a person in the face and connect with them in a way not possible over the any other medium. Since I started my PR internship a few weeks ago, I have attended meetings in Chicago, San Francisco and New York via telepresence. I may not have traveled to do those meetings anyway, but a face-to-face virtual meeting with a colleague is so much better than just a conference call. And, with TelePresence, the person on the other end of the “phone” is life size and in high definition. Thankfully, like most innovative ultra-cool devices, a version that I can use every day and in the home isn’t too, too far away. What is important to me is the ability to connect; a visual holds much superior significance and resonance than any text or voice. I don’t have TelePresence in my living room at home, but I can gladly use a Linksys Wireless-G Internet Camera supported by the network in the mean time. I have to admit, the fact that I can see my Nana in Tyler, Texas is feeling as good as she says she is, and I can smile at a friend in Sydney does make me feel like a small part of the Human Network.