An expanded and popularized version of P-3279, explaining present computers and computer programming procedure in some detail as a background for prediction of future developments, such as the following: Computing power will be readily available, like telephone service. Computers will be small, powerful, inexpensive, and easy to use, and will accept natural language and graphical input. Perhaps a broadband communication cable will carry all the information services into each home and workplace: voice, video, facsimile newspaper, data transmission, and computing service. Design prototypes and preliminary models will be replaced by computer simulation studies. The computer will touch man in every part of his life, modify his career, transfer blocks of jobs from one industry to another, and force rapid and frequent change upon him. Retraining and reeducation will be the way of life for everyone except those retiring before 1972.
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