High-tech society: the story of the information technology by Tom Forester

By Tom Forester

High-Tech Society is the main definitive account on hand of the know-how revolution that's reworking society and dramatically altering the way in which we are living and paintings and even perhaps imagine. It presents a balanced and sane assessment of the possibilities in addition to the risks we are facing from new advances in info know-how. In undeniable English, Forester demystifies "computerese," defining and explaining a number of acronyms or laptop phrases now in use.
Tom Forester is Lecturer and Director of the root Programme within the university of Computing and knowledge expertise, Griffith collage, Queensland, Australia. he's the editor/author of 5 books on know-how and society.

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On the other hand, eve n if only 10 per cent of the project's goals are achieved, it will probably have been worth it in terms of technological spin-off and new commercial produc ts . The US response has been fairly swift . In 1982, 1 2 maj or US corporations came together to form the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Co rp o ration (MCC) , a non-profit joint v e nture , resources for long-range research (see chapter 1 ) . Many top firms to pool including IBM, Intel, Texas Instruments and Cray Research stayed out of MCC, but the mere fact that 12 firms are cooperating is a b ol d new departu re from the American way .

The silicon is purified and then heated to melting point in a crucible. From this crucible a cylinder of 4 in. 5 mm thick wafers using a high-speed diamond saw. The wafers are then loaded into slots on a quartz "boat" and pushed into a furnace, so that a layer of silicon dioxide forms on the surface. Silicon dioxide is an insulator and can act as a mask for the selective introduction of dopants - crucial in the chip fabrication process. The chip's circuit is built up layer by layer, each layer receiving a pattern from the photomask prescribed in the design.

RAMs and D-RAMs suffer instant and total memory loss when the power is turned off, whereas EEPROMs have a permanent memory (until reprogrammed) and are also very fast. They are thus ideal for use in point-of-sale terminals, for example, where information such as prices need to be updated, or in Copyrighted Material The Computer Revolution 33 simplified telephone dialling machines, where there is a need for the machine to remember all it has been taught. The CCD (charge-coupled device) or imager chip is a chip that can "see" 80 times more efficiently than photographic film.

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