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Computers and Their Impact on Society
Technology today is advancing more and more each and every day. In most developed countries it is very rare to find an individual who does not possess a smart phone, or a computer device of some sort. Computers can be used for a wide variety of reasons, which is why so many people believe that they are essential to everyday life. With how vast the world wide web is, people can simply search whatever they would like, and thousands of pages will come up about the topic. To put it simply, computers are necessary, and they hold a great impact on the way people live today.
Computers have also made learning for students more efficient. The internet contains an exponential amount of information sources, that anyone can look into. With that being said, students can read about any subject imaginable to further their knowledge in it. Not only that, but with the coming of smart boards and promethean boards, teachers do not have to worry about spending money on supplies used for a white board. Also, they can allow teachers to show their notes, presentations, or even watch educational videos on it. A student from Eastside High School in Patterson, New Jersey claims that computer software invented to adapt to her literacy skills let her practice and get better at reading (Manzo).
Not only do computers help with schools, but they play a key part in keeping businesses intact and organized. Companies can use computers for paperwork, create presentations, send memos via email, etc. The only problem is that computers require software updates that can be very elaborate and complex. This difficulty triggered interest in using computer programs to generate other programs automatically, which would need fewer programmers and could ratchet up productivity (Upson). SciComp is a company that has developed an automatic programming tool that has made it into the financial marketplace, in which their product helps investment banks design programs to price financial derivatives (Upson). This could save businesses a lot of time and trouble in updating their software.
There is a very wide variety of computers one can purchase, but it all comes down to whether it is a desktop or a laptop. The difference between the two is how portable one is to the other. Desktops are not very portable, but tend to be cheaper and easier to repair because they use standard parts that could easily be replaced. Laptops are extremely portable, but are a bit more expensive and are filled with proprietary components that consumers cannot service (Computers: desktops vs. laptops). Although they both do the same, an individual can take a laptop on any sort of trip. One can take it on vacation and use it almost anywhere for work purposes, etc.
In this day in age computer gaming plays a big part in society. It is a good source of entertainment, and millions of people are into it. With that being said, graphics are very central to computer gamers. This is important to computer companies because it evaluates how "friendly" some computers are to others (Graphics Hardware). If a new system put out does not have good graphics, chances are, is that nobody will buy it. Another key factor in gaming computers, is how nice of a processor it contains. This will affect how fast a computer runs.
Over the past 10-15 years, the evolution of the computer has advanced exponentially. Computers have gone from having large box like monitors, to being high quality, thin screens. Today, one can even find someone wearing a computer device of some sort on their wrist, like the Apple Watch. Companies are coming up with more and more ideas to make this new technology as accessible and convenient as possible. Amazon for an example, came up with a new category of technology with its Echo devices and Alexa software. Soon people will only have to talk into a watch or car and make sure the device knows who the individual is, what they want, and how to get it done (Maney). This comes to show how innovative technology has come to be.
Computers can help almost any person with whatever they need helping with. Modern technology is extremely beneficial, and merely makes life a bit easier for everybody. A computer's use could range from searching whatever one would like on an immense internet, to something like playing a game. These are all key points as to why most people use computer devices so often. Overall computers and technology have put a very large impact on society.
Abercrombie, Stanley. "Waltzing to the CRT; rhapsodic classroom corridors in Kliment-Halsband's computer science building for Columbia University." Interior Design Mar. 1984: 226+. Student Resources in Context. Web. 26 Aug. 2016. I chose this article because for my senior project I'm going to build a computer. If I write a paper that goes into detail on computers, I could learn a lot of things about them that could help me in the construction of my computer.
Chacos, Brad. "The wildest and most powerful PC hardware from Computex 2016. (NEWS)<." PC World July 2016: 24+. Global Issues in Context. Web. 31 Aug. 2016. This article is about a new processor chip for computers. It's the newest, most powerful hardware for PCs. This is helpful because it shows how innovative technology is.
"Computers: desktop vs. laptop." Consumer Reports Mar. 2004: 40+. Student Resources in Context. Web. 3 Oct. 2016. This source is beneficial to me because it talks about how desktop computers and laptops differentiate from each other. It can helps me with talking about which one would be better.
Goodwin, Michael, and T.J. Byers. "20-MHz notebooks: SX road runners." PC World Nov. 1991: 141+. Global Issues in Context. Web. 3 Oct. 2016. This article could help me in my paper when I talk about desktops and laptops and which one is better.
"Graphics hardware." Machine Design 19 June 1986: 17+. Student Resources in Context. Web. 3 Oct. 2016. This source is beneficial because it talks about graphics systems and how they work.
Maney, Kevin. "What Yahoo's Past May Say About Apple's Future; Innovative Amazon may lead us into the cloud era while Apple apes Yahoo's creative and business decline." Newsweek 19 Aug. 2016. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 2 Sept. 2016. This article can be very beneficial for my paper. It talks about the evolution of computers to a certain extent. This could provide me with lots of important information.
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy. "Computer Software Helping Students' Reading." Education Week 18 July 2007: 11. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 31 Aug. 2016. This magazine article can help me with my paper because it contains information about how computers can help students with school. It also talks about how they help students with literacy skills and reading.
"TOP 10 POWER PCs." PC World May 2000: 202. Global Issues in Context. Web. 3 Oct. 2016. This source will be able to assist me in writing my paper because it talks about how different processors can help with the way a computer runs.
"UALR: The Donaghey College of Engineering & Information Technology." Arkansas Business 23 Mar. 2009: S115. Student Resources in Context. Web. 30 Aug. 2016. This journal entry will help me in my paper to describe how computers can be so helpful. It can also help show how much computers and modern technology have impacted our society.
Upson, Sandra. "Computer Software That Writes Itself." Newsweek International 26 Dec. 2005: 10. Global Issues in Context. Web. 31 Aug. 2016. This newspaper article talks about computer software that writes itself as time and technology progresses. It is very useful for businesses that rely on computer programs, because they wouldn't have to worry about upgrading to newer software.
D'Andrea 1s accessible and convenient as possible. Amazon for an example, came up with a new category of technology with its Echo devices and Alexa software. Soon people will only have to talk into a watch or car and make sure the device knows who the individual is, what they want, and how to get it done (Maney). This comes to show how innovative technology