ERIC Number: ED248843
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May-12
Reference Count: 0
Microcomputers and the Future.
Uhlig, George E.
Dangers are inherent in predicting the future. In discussing the future of computers, specifically, it is useful to consider the brief history of computers from the development of ENIAC to microcomputers. Advances in computer technology can be seen by looking at changes in individual components, including internal and external memory, the keyboard, and screen. As long as breakthroughs and advances can be made in very large scale and ultra-large scale integrated circuitry, the cost per computing unit will continue to go down and size/weight per computing unit will also decrease. A flat screen will provide a major breakthrough to the lapsized, full-function computer. The future of personal and educational computing can also be viewed by analyzing computer applications, including computer science, computer assisted instruction, and computer managed instruction, as well as the more interesting uses of the computer as an interface to the growing world of information and as a general problem solving tool. Colleges should create full-time positions for faculty members solely to keep up with the growth of technology and information as it applies to the higher education profession. Nine references are listed. (LMM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Uses in Education
Note: Paper presented at the Alabama State Computer Fair (Birmingham, AL, May 12, 1984). Best copy available.