There can be no doubt that the computer revolution is having, and will continue to have, a profound influence on the lives of everyone. Computer technology is developing at such a rapid rate that a vast number of possibilities, which hitherto might have been thought absurd, are now quite feasible. Perhaps it would be prudent to assume that there are in fact no limits to what may be achieved, for good or evil, with the aid of computers, and that careful judgements will soon be needed on the direction of future developments. The three main features of a computer that make it such a powerful tool are (1) the speed at which it generates informaion, (2) its storage capacity, and (3) its versatility. The magnitude of all three capabilities can only be described in superlatives.
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