Computers: A Modern Era
In the modern world, we as individuals are surrounded every moment of our lives by machines that have more processing power than the typical human could even begin to comprehend. These machines are called computers. We use them every day, whether it’s a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or even a simple calculator. Yet some people still fail to see the importance and potential of computers.
I pose a question. Why do these people believe that computers are a waste of time and what is the potential that these people are not using these computers for? Occasionally it is difficult to get people to understand what they are missing. It’s even harder to try to explain to people who think they already understand. If this can be explained to individuals in a way that they easily comprehend, then all that’s left is to apply this new knowledge. Eventually this will lead to a more technologically adept world, making economics, government, and society run more efficiently and smoothly.
The apparent early success of computers in economics and business is discussed in detail in Jeffrey Madrick’s “Computers: Waiting for the Revolution”. Madrick points out that in 1997, the Gross Domestic Product of America had risen by a two percent trend since 1970 and inflation had fallen to less than two percent (Madrick 42-65).
Computers also had a dramatic impact on government. A survey conducted in the 1970s found that most cities with a population over 50,000, and counties with a population over 100,000 used computers in their operations. Since the survey, nearly every small and local government has begun to use computers in everyday operations from handheld portable models to large mainframe systems. With the implementation of these computers came new jobs in government positions that required skilled workers that were trained properly to use and maintain the equipment. This created a new budget category for governments to consider so as to ensure that the...