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Computers have several important uses in the Information Society of the 21st
- Integrated communication
- Data (email, fax, SMS) via telephone
- Telephony routing
- Office organisation and communication
- Text production
- Database management
- Intranet communication
- Information storage, processing, transfer
- Databases (relational, object-oriented, associative)
- Database query and search software
- Data security management
- Publishing (electronic publishing vs. computer-supported publishing)
- Scientific computing
- Symbolic computing (spell checkers, grammar checkers, dictionaries, dialogue systems; genetic algorithms, ...)
- Statistical computing (empirical studies of large populations, texts, ...)
- Signal processing coupled with statistical computing (physics, speech technology, ...)
Some questions for discussion:
- 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?
- How much communication is involved in these activities? How much non-computer-oriented communication takes place in parallel in each of the activities?
- How many kinds of information are communicated in addition to language?
- How does `text' in the traditional sense relate to `hypertext'?
Dafydd Gibbon, Mon Jul 10 12:34:51 MET DST 2000