Essay on Computer Technology

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Computer Technology

A computer is an electronic device that can receive a set of instructions or program and
the carry out this program by performing calculations on numerical data or by compiling
and correlating other forms of information. ("Computer" Encarta). It also performs
calculations and processes information with astonishing speed and precision. Computer
Technology has improved our lives. It will continue to affect our future which will lead
to an easier, less complicated lifestyle, with more job opportunities and their benefits.
("Computer." America On-line).The modern world of high technology could not have come
about except for the development of the computer. (Astle 1). Different types and sizes of
computers find uses throughout society in the storage and handling of data, from secret
government files to banking transactions to private household accounts.("Computer"
Encarta). Research and development in the computer world moves simultaneously along
two-paths hardware designs and software innovations work in each are alternately
influences the other.("The Future Of Computers" America On-line)Computers help people in
many different ways, but many people prefer to use paper and pencil to write and to use
folders and file cabinets to organize there papers. ("The Future of Computers." America
On-line.) Many people in the world use computers to make their lives easier. Such advances
computer technology will benefit us all. People use computers for research, organization,
writing, communication for personal or business matters and even to look up stock updates.
(Astle 786). Whether it is personal or business, computers can help make our daily life
easier. Typing is quicker and easier and its also a lot neater than hand writing. When you
type on a computer you can look at them and open them a lot faster than having a folder of
papers you have to carry around where ever you go. (Masters 654). Computers can also help
with editing a paper, they can even check spelling and grammar. Typing on a computer today
is probably the most common way people write there research papers, reports and other
documents for school and business.("How Computers Make Your Life Easier" America
On-line).Families can use computers to keep in touch with each other through E-mail.They
help people talk with others all around the world, using different services and methods.
("Information Superhighway." America On-line). Since computers are used all over the world
for research, almost all libraries and museums are based on computers. ("How Computers
Make Your Life Easier" America On-line). The computers in such places as libraries are
used for the card catalogs and for museum sites. Computers enable people to search for
different topics in books located all over the world they can help look for in formation
in encyclopedias and different archives. Computers today help do research so quickly and
dependably that in the future they will be used in all libraries, museums and schools.
("The History Of Computers During My Lifetime The 1990's." America On-line). Computers
today are so much easier to use for many jobs that had been done manually. In industry
Computers have opened a new era in manufacturing and consumer product development. (Asimov
627). Programs help people plan complex production schedules, keep track of inventories
and accounts, run automated assembly lines and control robots. Government agencies are the
largest users of mainframes and super computers. (Masters 654). The United States
Department of Defense uses computers for hundreds of tasks, including research, breaking
codes, interpreting data from spy satellites and targeting missiles. (Asimov 627)Computers
in education have proved to be valuable education tools. Educational aids, such as some.
Encyclopedias and other major reference works are available to personal computer users.
("Computer." Encarta ). In arts painting and drawing programs enable artists to create
realistic images and animated displays much more easily than they could with more
traditional tools. ("Computer Science." Encarta). As in entertainment musicians can use
computers to create multiple-voice compositions and to play back music with hundreds of
variations. (Asimov 627).Speech processors even give a computer the ability to talk and
sing. (Asimov 627).The development of virtual reality and computer animation technology
will change this form of historical reconstruction to a reliance on computers.
Architectural and art historians could use this technology in order to create models for
study and presentations. Military historians could apply it to reproduce of famous battles
or to illustrate tactical maneuvers from a certain viewpoint. (Asimov 627)As libraries
become more automated, there will be a greater tendency to create database which can be
searched. Presently, the Mcmaster University libraries catalogues are accessible through
the Internet. ("Future Uses Of Computers In History" America On-line). This direction will
continue with a greater examination of resources as more archives become automated. The
"Fifth-Generation" computer effort to develop computers that can solve computer problems
in what might eventually be called creative ways is another direction in computer
development, the ideal goal being true artificial intelligence. ("Computer" Encarta).
Parallel processing may in time be able to duplicate to some degree the mixed feedback,
approximating and calculating approximately functions of human thought. ("Computer"
Encarta). Another ongoing trend is the increase in computer networking, which now also
employs satellites to link computers globally. ("Computer" Encarta).Computer jobs are
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