ERIC Number: ED024771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Reference Count: 0
Systems Design and Nature of Work. (Seminar on Manpower Policy and Program, Washington, D.C., November 17, 1966)
DeCarlo, Charles R.
The application of technology to production has had the effect of continuously removing man to greater distances from the actual material, or work, being transformed in the environment. We are about to enter a new phase of history, sometimes called the second industrial revolution, in which work occupies a different role in life. This revolution is predicated upon the fact that the technology of the first industrial revolution can now be controlled at a distance through information systems which rest upon four fundamental technological concepts: (1) Transducers are capable of sensing and transforming experiences into electrical signals, (2) These signals can be communicated over very long distances, (3) The material that is communicated can be captured and stored in electrical memories, and (4) Logical decision-making machines can transform the recorded information. These four technologies enable man to design systems which can perform control operations both at direct work levels or in the amplification of the human intelligence in a white-collar environment. The design of systems for planning and controlling necessary work, for providing a sense of individual worth, and for making free leisure time a positive goal is among the major responsibilities of any leader in this kind of environment. (ET)
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Manpower Administration; Seminar on Manpower Policy and Program