50 & 25 Years Ago

Erich Neuhold
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National Survey Announced ... Public Believes Computers Make Life Better but Expresses Major Concerns (p. 15): "It was based on telephone interviews with 1,001 respondents 18 years of age and older using a multi-state national probability sample of telephone households in the continental United States. ... Approximately 91% agreed that the uses of computers are affecting the lives of all of us. On the positive side, 75% felt computers will improve our lives and 86% agreed that they will create
more &raquo; ... ore leisure time. However, 55% felt people are becoming too dependent on computers, 54% believe computers are dehumanizing people and turning them into numbers, and 33% felt computers will decrease our freedom versus 59% who disagreed." (p. 16) "The computer field bears a major responsibility. There is a continuing need for improved systems design, an awareness of the principles of 'human engineering', adequate safeguards for the protection of sensitive data, an awareness of the social consequences of our work, and a continuing public information program to provide the American public with objective information on computers, their use, and their impact on society." [Editor's note: Even 50 years ago, the concerns about the influence of the Computing Age on our lives was already pronounced. Unfortunately, these concerns are still around and have even increased with privacy intrusion issues, unbound big data analysis, autonomous machines and weapons, and so on, and not much has changed to alleviate these concerns.]
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