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Title: Computer technology: A forecast for the future
Author(s): Kubitz, William J.
Subject(s): Libraries --Automation Library science --Data processing Future technology trends Disruptive technologies
Abstract: In order to understand the impact of computer technology in the 1980s one must first understand the force underlying its ever-widening proliferation: electronic integrated circuit technology. Integrated circuit technology's impact on society will rank in importance with the invention of the steam engine and other such technological innovations or perhaps surpass them. This technology is presently in its infancy. Most of us are aware of some of the early progeny: calculators and electronic watches and games. Some may be aware that it is now possible to buy a small home computer for about $700. This is just the beginning of what will become a wide variety of products which will affect every person. The reason? Low cost. The semiconductor process continues to enable ever-greater complexity at ever-decreasing cost. The future will bring lower-cost storage, processing and communications.
Issue Date: 1979
Publisher: Graduate School of Library Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In The role of the library in an electronic society: Papers presented at the 1979 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing, ed. F.W. Lancaster. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 135-161.
Series/Report: Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (16th : 1979)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1098
ISBN: 0-87845-053-X
ISSN: 0069-4789
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois 1979.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-07-02
 

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