The future of computers in our society

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The future of computers in our society

Abstract It is not difficult to get computer professionals to agree that computers have a significant impact on society. It is rather more difficult to get them to agree on why they impact as they do.

This paper discusses several characteristics of computer technology that may be at the center of the effects. It is intended that this list become a focal point around which the design of new technology can revolve, in order to anticipate the social consequences of a new product and mitigate any potential negative effects it may have on society.

Traditionally, courses that deal with computers and society issues focus primarily on enumerating the various ways in which computers impact society.

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This is done by listing categories of topics such as privacy, computers in medicine, military uses of computers, etc. Classic cases of computer abuse or errant systems are typically described in detail, as a way of simply making students more aware of how computers affect society.

These examples are meant to serve as warnings to future professionals, in the hopes that they will practice their profession with greater care. What is missing from these discussions, however, is why computers have the impact they do on society.

What are the characteristics that are the root of this impact? Are there fundamental differences between this technology and others that have transformed our world in the past? The intent of developing a list of these characteristics is that it could lead to a better understanding of the nature of the social impact of computers.

In this way, it might be possible to examine a new computer project at the time of its design not, as is the usual case, a long time after the project has been implemented and disseminated to determine its potential impacts as a social change agent. The characteristics given below are not necessarily unique to computer technology.

The future of computers in our society

However, in many instances computers have created situations that were previously impossible to accomplish such as space flightwere essentially inconceivable until the technology was applied, or at least were very difficult to achieve without the aid of computer technology.

Finally, the term computer technology is meant to be inclusive of any device that is essentially controlled by a basic computer CPU, program, etc. This would include, therefore, modern telephones, VCRs, microwave ovens, CAT scanners, supermarket scanners, and the like.

The following are in no particular order. Also, some devices or examples are likely to fit into more than one of the categories below: Since the ability to create and collect data is growing exponentially, so too is the generation of information that can be synthesized from this data.

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