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Bill Bougill May 2001 Computer COMPUTERSSOCIETYAnd What is Virtual Reality Why are computers valuable to us For the most part the value of a computer is utility and easy access to information Computers are arguably the most powerful tools we as a society have ever created since the invention of the wheel Computers help us attain valuable goals everyday The language of computers allows us as humans to communicate with one another Specifically we want them to extract useful information for learning and entertainment purposes They can be described as a language machine much like us Between computers and humans there are striking similarities and differences Some of the similarities have for instance provoked psychologists to describe the differences using metaphors and models of computers In the past twenty years machines have become more human-like and with the ------ process of modern society we have become less emotional more robotic and more logical This process has worked because it has made many of us wealthy We as a society have come to value production effectiveness and efficiency which turns this science into general knowledge because science has brought unlimited lists of tools which has made us much more productive This proves the computer to be the heart of our mechanical minds Yet with the advent of computers we are leaving behind many human emotional perspectives Less time is spent walking through the woods watching nature playing ball talking with neighbors handwriting letters to relatives being with friends thinking about others We are a society preoccupied with the wealth associated with the modernized computerized world Values morals are viewed differently Lost is the good old customer service where a real person answered the phone and took care of your concerns where the no sale is ever final attitude was king Today its Your call is important to us for fifty-five minutes of holding Press 1 if you know
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