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The World Of Computers

2012-06-30


The computer, perhaps the most mundane and ubiquitous object apparent in today’s society, is experiencing what one would consider a ‘technology boom.’ In recent years, billions of tiny computer chips are embedded into everyday products: handheld calculators, cell phones, cars, and portable music players. There are hundreds of millions of computers in the world that are connected together through the internet via wireless technology, giving these users mobility to traverse about without the slightest perplexity of losing their wireless connection. These millions of devices are developed through the overly competitive market of computer developing companies, both corporate and small businesses, that are in a constant rat race against opposing companies to develop the newest, most proficient means of technology to hit the market. Just as Heidi Klum proclaims that “one day you’re in, the next day you’re out,” the constant tug-or-war shows that a new means of technology is indispensable as long as there is someone out there trying to surpass you by creating a newer, more adept mean of technology.
In the late 1940s, ENIAC, one of the world’s first digital electronic computers, was built. The gargantuan machine filled an entire laboratory room, consumed enough electricity to supply for an average city block, and contained hundreds of miles of wire and thousands of pyrogenic vacuum tubes. The first computers could only perform a single miniscule task at a time through the primitive means of input and output devices: punch cards and paper tape. By the early 1950s, IBM sold its first business computer which at the time the general public assumed that there wouldn’t be a need for more of these invaluable machines to exist in the world. Through the 1960s and 1970s, people began to see the advantage of connecting computers in networking; thus, the creation of e-mail and file transfers was born. However, it wasn’t until the 1980s that PCs began to appear in great numbers as well as local area networks of interconnected PCs, which allowed users to share disk drivers and printers with each other. By the 1990s, hundreds of millions of company computers appeared on the desktops of many homes around the world. The internet, though still relatively slow at the time, connected these computers allowing users to connect with each other faster through e-mail and instant messaging. During the first decade of the 21st Century, computers became omnipresent, the norm and standard of all households. The relatively short period of time in which the computer grew and developed is an amazing feat to be accomplished: being able to grow and flourish from an idea, which was first seen as a worthless, into something that is now a commonplace in both residential and commercial places.
Modern society has adapted to the extensive use of technological items such as cellular phones and computers. These devices have been integrated into our everyday lives that work with humdrum tasks like searching for driving directions to the nearest movie theatre; regardless, these devices are running our everyday lives. For example, an average person may wake up in the morning in their programmed temperature-controlled home, check their e-mail and organize their calendar schedule on their smart phone, and go to work where they’re using computers to process their work and send documents. Technology does have its many useful advantages. In the classroom, teachers have utilized Smartboards in their classes where students are able to view online examples of their lessons. Students are also applying the use of computers online to take online courses, take virtual field trips, and inquire information needed for their physical classrooms at school. The medical field has also profited from the advancement of technology. Medical device connectivity has proven to save nursing time, reduce transcription errors, and allow nurses to spend more time on direct patient care activities. The pros of the advancement of technology can seem endless; however, there are still cons to it: the massive amount of money needed to fund research and the dependency on a technology driven society. Research and maintenance requires companies an extensive amount of money, especially since it is evolving at such a rapid rate. Also, a technology driven society would mean people would be depending on it heavily. In the case that all types of technology were to fail and break down, would society be able to function without it? Yes, humans have lived for thousands of years before the first computer was created, but hospital equipment wouldn’t function and many patients would cease to exist without it; the transportation of goods would cut off supplies to around the world; and people would have to resort back to more primitive ways of living. Nevertheless, the use of technology has eased monotonous tasks in our daily lives and has been integrated in almost every aspect in our lives today.
In recent years, the development of computer technology has ‘boomed’ at such an extensive rate. The fierce competition between computer companies to produce the finest, fastest, and most sleek computers as well as constantly updated software. The Apple, Windows, and Linux argument over specific operating systems is like a never-ending debate of which is the better operating system. Each company has its pros and cons toward their operating system; nevertheless, Windows is the mainstream and norm in most places. The fight for which computers have more RAM, more terabytes or gigabytes available, or even which computer are more visually appealing graphically is the struggle for those working in the computer engineering field. The challenge of creating a magnificent system that is both visually appealing while still maintaining a swift processing speed is definitely a feat to be accomplished by either company. Anything in the computer engineering field can feel indispensable once it becomes outdated to the norm. For example, the goal of any computer company is that “the real test of exemplary leadership is not making yourself an irreplaceable icon but developing a deep, talented bench who, when their turn comes, can unite a company and unleash creativity into their own way” (qtd. Warren Bennis). That is the future of technology: being able to utilize one’s creativity through the imagination and innovative ideas that will further thrust the technology movement further along the road in the future.
Over the course of history, people have learned to adapt to the environment and learned to implement and manipulate its resources to create new inventions. Society today has integrated the use of tiny microchips are embedded in everyday objects to help ease use through humdrum activities through our days. People have become more and more dependent on technology to run their daily lives without even realizing it. Technology has grown at an extremely rapid rate in recent years through the research development of large computer companies and others searching for other methods of implementing technology. The technology race is a constant challenge to adapt to more adept means of technology, and it is a challenge to adjust to the integration of technology in our society.