ERIC Number: ED110011
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May
Reference Count: N/A
Toward Understanding the Social Impact of Computers. IFF Report R-29.
Summaries of four workshops sponsored by the Institute For The Future (IFF) are presented. Each focuses on a particular aspect of the social impact of computers: (1) computer models and simulations as aids to decision making; (2) the use of computers in financial operations; (3) perceptions, attitudes, and literacy regarding computers (i.e., knowledge about the capabilities and limitations of computers in meeting human needs); and (4) individual access to computers. Workshop participants and the IFF staff conclude that there is a need for the public to acquire a deeper understanding of how computers affect the decisions individuals and organizations make, the goods and services they produce, and the world that individuals perceive. It is also concluded that such improved understanding must be acquired in the near future. A program of education for the public is then proposed. (Author/DGC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Attitudes, Computer Programs, Computer Science Education, Computers, Conference Reports, Data Processing, Decision Making, Financial Policy, Futures (of Society), Public Opinion, Scientific Literacy, Simulation, Social Attitudes, Social Change, Technological Advancement, Values
Institute for the Future, 2740 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California 94025 ($10.00)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute for the Future, Menlo Park, CA.