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Title: Role of the microcomputer in the demise of western civilization

Abstract

Every revolutionary new technology has been accompanied by a host of Cassandras prophesying the end of the world as it is known. Unlike Cassandra, heretofore they have all been wrong. The microcomputer has come into its own as a revolutionary new technology, and the new generation of Cassandras is beginning to appear. They, too, for the most part are wrong, but their error is not in their conclusion - for the microcomputer will bring about the end of Western Civilization - but in their concentration on technological consequences. It is rather a social consequence, the willful disintegration of society, which will be the motivating force. But Cassandra's tragedy was that no one listened to her.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
California Univ., Berkeley (USA). Lawrence Berkeley Lab.
OSTI Identifier:
5151834
Report Number(s):
LBL-9097; CONF-801001-1; CONF-801012-1
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: International federation for information processing congress, Tokyo, Japan, 6 Oct 1980
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; MICROPROCESSORS; SOCIAL IMPACT; SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS; INSTITUTIONAL FACTORS; 990200* - Mathematics & Computers

Citation Formats

Stevens, D.F. Role of the microcomputer in the demise of western civilization. United States: N. p., 1979. Web.
Stevens, D.F. Role of the microcomputer in the demise of western civilization. United States.
Stevens, D.F. Thu . "Role of the microcomputer in the demise of western civilization". United States.
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