Microelectronics and Society: for Better or for Worse

A Report to the Club of Rome

Edited By

  • G. Friedrichs, German Metalworkers Union, Frankfurt, FRG
  • A. Schaff, European Coordination Centre for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences, Vienna, Austria

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
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Audience

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

 

Book information

  • Published: February 1982
  • Imprint: PERGAMON
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-028955-7

Reviews

...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



Table of Contents

(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