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Computers: A Survey of Trends and Limitations

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Science  12 Feb 1982:
Vol. 215, Issue 4534, pp. 760-765
DOI: 10.1126/science.215.4534.760


Enormous progress in electronic technology is accelerating the use of computers in everyday life. In this article trends in hardware, input-output technology, computer architecture, software, communications, and artificial intelligence are examined and complexity is identified as a limitation to further progress. Promising directions of research, which may extend the range of computer applications, are discussed.