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The role of computers in society

Computers have several important uses in the Information Society of the 21st century:

Some questions for discussion:

  1. How do these kinds of activity relate to each other? Or are they totally different? Can you find a way of classifying them according to their essential features?
  2. How much communication is involved in these activities? How much non-computer-oriented communication takes place in parallel in each of the activities?
  3. How many kinds of information are communicated in addition to language?
  4. How does `text' in the traditional sense relate to `hypertext'?

Dafydd Gibbon, Mon Jul 10 12:34:51 MET DST 2000