Now Is The Time To Be Computer Literate


Now is the time to become computer literate. Now is the time to become
familiar and comfortable with the computer because in the future we will become
virtually a paperless society and many daily activities will be linked to the
computer.

Mail delivery to the home and business will be almost entirely phased
out and e-mail will replace it. Bills will come via the computer and paid the
same way. Pay checks will be electronically deposited to your bank account. On
special occasions such as birthdays, greeting cards will be sent from your
computer to your loved ones computer.

Shopping malls will become cyber malls and we will do our shopping via
the computer. You will be able to view on your monitor how you would look in a
certain outfit you are considering to buy. Imagine traveling over the entire
mall in a comfortable in front of your computer. Push a button and the entire
stock of a store will be at your finger tips. When you do go to a store to shop
you will not use money. You will use either a credit card or debit card which
will automatically deduct the amount if you purchase from your bank account.

Our homes will be run by computers. Computers will adjust the
temperature. Home appliances will be linked to the computer. Imagine driving
home from work and calling your computer and having it start dinner for you.
Have it adjust the temperature so your home will be a comfortable temperature
when you arrive. Window covering will be adjusted to allow the correct amount of
sunlight in. Light fixtures will automatically adjust to the right level of
light in your home.

The way of business conducted be entirely changed. Instead of long
distance business trips, business will be conducted via interactive tele-
conferences. Documents and files will be stored on computers hard drives. Much
of this is done today but in the future it will expand as we become a paperless
society.

Many workers will not have to go to a place of employment. They will
work from their homes via the computer. For those who do have to drive to work
it will become less stressful as computer help to keep traffic congestion down.
Cars will have on board computers to keep them aware of road conditions, traffic
backups, and which route is best to take. On board computer will also replace
maps and give directions from your current location to where you are going. If
you happen to get lost your computer will get you back to the correct road.

The education system will also join the computer age. Every student will
have access to a computer. Text books will be on disks. Students will have
access to a vast amount of reference material via the computer modem from far
away universities and other institutions. Home work will done on the computer.
Instead of turning in papers on which you have done your homework you will
either turn in a disk or send it to your teachers by a modem. Teachers will no
longer have to spend hours grading papers. Homework and in class work will be
graded by the computer. Test will be taken on the computer and you will know as
soon as you finish you will know what your score is. At the end of the grading
period your teacher will just punch a few keys on her computer and your report
cards will print out as the computer keeps track of all your grades for the
quarter. Some classes will be conducted by interactive teleconferences much the
same business conferences are conducted. This will give students in small
schools the same educational opportunities as those in the larger school systems.
Our leisure time will also be affected by the expanded use of computers. In the
future the home communication system phones, e-mail, faxes, and modems} and tv
service will be integrated into one system. If you want to read the newspaper
you will not have to travel to the driveway to pick it up. Just flip on your tv
and with the aid of your computer pull up the paper on your screen and read.
Magazines will be available the same way. If you want to watch a movie and just
turn on the tv and you will receive a list of what is on. Order by the computer
and sit back and enjoy the movie. Video games will be available to play