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Dertouzos, Michael L. – Scientific American, 1991
The infrastructure created by fusing computing and communications technologies is described. The effect of this infrastructure on the economy and society of the United States is discussed. The importance of knowing the value and role of information is emphasized. (KR)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Assisted Manufacturing, Computer Networks, Computer Oriented Programs
Cerf, Vinton G. – Scientific American, 1991
The demands placed on the networks transporting the information and knowledge generated by the increased diversity and sophistication of computational machinery are described. What is needed to support this increased flow, the structures already in place, and what must be built are topics of discussion. (KR)
Descriptors: Communications Satellites, Computer Networks, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Peripherals
Tesler, Lawrence G. – Scientific American, 1991
The changes in the relationship between the computer and user from that of an isolated productivity tool to than of an active collaborator in the acquisition, use, and creation of information, as well as a facilitator of human interaction are discussed. The four paradigms of computing are compared. (KR)
Descriptors: Computer Networks, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Peripherals, Computer Science
Weiser, Mark – Scientific American, 1991
Described are some of the ways in which computers can enter invisibly into people's lives. The social issues that embodied virtuality will engender are discussed. The hardware and software, connected by wires, radio waves, and infrared that will allow this to occur are described. (KR)
Descriptors: Computer Networks, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Peripherals, Computer Science
Sproull, Lee; Kiesler, Sara – Scientific American, 1991
Discussed are how computer networks can affect the nature of work and the relationships between managers and employees. The differences between face-to-face exchanges and electronic interactions are described. (KR)
Descriptors: Computer Networks, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Peripherals, Computer Science
Malone, Thomas W.; Rockart, John F. – Scientific American, 1991
The ways in which computer networks are forging new kinds of markets and new ways to manage organizations are described. Discussed are the results of these innovations, which include changes in corporate structure and management style. (KR)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Computer Networks, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Peripherals
Kay, Alan C. – Scientific American, 1991
Discussed is how globally networked, easy-to-use computers can enhance learning only within an educational environment that encourages students to question "facts" and seek challenges. The strengths and weaknesses of computers used as amplifiers for learning are described. (KR)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Networks, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Peripherals
Gore, Al – Scientific American, 1991
Technologies that enhance the ability to create and understand information have led to changes in the traditional legal concepts of property, ownership, originality, privacy, and intellectual freedom. The importance of government addressing such issues and investing in development of a high-capacity computer network is discussed. (KR)
Descriptors: Computer Networks, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Peripherals, Computer Science
Negroponte, Nicholas P. – Scientific American, 1991
Creative applications of computer networks are discussed. Products and services of the future that come from imaginative applications of both channel and computing capacity are described. The topics of entertainment, transactions, and electronic personal surrogates are included. (KR)
Descriptors: Computer Networks, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Peripherals, Computer Science