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Microelectronics and Society: for Better or for Worse

A Report to the Club of Rome

Through automation and miniaturisation, microelectronics has vast potential for thrusting society into a new phase. It promises to revolutionise the information handling aspects of our lives. But to gain maximum benefit from this breakthrough, microelectronics must be harnessed to society's needs. To help this process a multidisciplinary group of authors has prepared a report to the Club of Rome on the likely impact of microelectronics on our futures

For general readers interested in societal change and particularly managers, trade unionists, social scientists and information technologists


Published: February 1982

Imprint: Pergamon

ISBN: 978-0-08-028955-7


  • ...well thought out, comprehensive....Some of the essays stand out as simply admirable statements of the state of the art....Foremost among these is Ide's essay, 'The Technology'. Ide offers a good overview of the developmental history of computing, a clear and readable discussion of just what microprocessors are and their use in various kinds of implementations. What is especially nice about this essay is its ability to make the reader understand what is rather recondite engineering without resorting to unhappy technicality. This essay alone may be worth the price of the book.
    Forum for Correspondence and Contact

    ...very well written and...a very good reading base for courses in the macro-effects of computer technology.
    Ergonomics Abstracts, Volume 18/4


  • (partial) Introduction: a new industrial revolution or just another technology?, A. King

    The technology, T.R. Ide

    The technology applied, R. Curnow & S. Curran

    The impact on the enterprise, B. Lamborghini

    The worker and the workplace, J. Evans

    Microelectronics and macroeconomics, G. Friedrichs

    A Third World perspective, J.F. Rada

    Microelectronics in war, F. Barnaby

    Information technology and society, K. Lenk

    Microelectronics and world interdependence, A. King

    Occupation versus work, A. Schaff


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