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Computer As an Accessory To Life

by Linda D. Yelverton

When computers became a household item, you can be sure that the public’s attitude towards them changed radically. Their ability to perform tasks and handle data more efficiently made them the source of plenty of controversy in the years that followed. This has never really ended as a result of these developments.


The first computer was created by Edouard Jeanneret in Paris, France in 1783. It was a step towards a mass-produced machine that could perform the process of calculation on a large scale. Other early pioneers included Joseph Weber, who worked in Bern, Switzerland. The first prototype of a mechanical calculator was produced by George Lothar in Leipzig, Germany.

The early models had some drawbacks with regard to the type of initial technologies that were applied to them. Most computers were constructed of brass or bronze. The brass ones had to be soaked in water to make them work. Over time, they broke down and this led to a whole set of products with an Edison-style battery and digital output instead of a mechanical one.

In the beginning, such technological advancement made computers much cheaper than older methods of calculation. Today, these breakthroughs have a major effect on how the public perceives computers today. Most of us would not hesitate to buy a large and expensive machine in order to make our calculations faster. This can be seen in the advertisements that feature people saying “do something now” and demanding that computers are immediately available for use.

This is also why, at least initially, the public’s attitude towards computers was very anti-social. At first, the devices were blamed for ruining marriages. Even after the invention of integrated circuits, they still had to be carried around in case the man wanted to use the device to do some work. This created a whole negative perception of computers even before the breakthrough of the electronic computer.

However, in the course of time, the commercial culture that emerged made it easier for people to see computers as something useful. Computers quickly became an integral part of business and industrial life. Then came the Internet and the cloud computing revolution.

The fact that there is so much computation done online for the most part with no requirement to have access to a personal computer is one reason why many companies decided to let computers do much of the heavy lifting. Instead of waiting for a customer to physically order his order, the company can execute it immediately and save on labor costs. The Internet has become such a powerful tool that businesses that can’t afford to employ a staff full of people actually create programs that allow employees to work from home.

Many people, however, have recently turned against the idea of computer use at home. Since a computer can store so much information, the notion of “sharing” things with people is looked upon as bad form and a threat to privacy.

But the most important thing is that the public now feels comfortable enough to accept computers at home. Many believe that the quality of life is being ruined by the existence of these devices. They even say that this would be a good thing for society in general if they did not exist. This is certainly an exaggeration as it would probably be better for society if computers were banned entirely.

The fact that the public has accepted computers is perhaps a sign of the popularity of these devices. What is more, it shows that the public is willing to accept these devices even though there are some technological and financial problems that need to be solved before they can truly be considered a universal means of storing information. There are technological and financial issues that require all of us to reach a consensus on how they should be solved before anything can come of it.

Nevertheless, personal computers are here to stay. People now expect their computers to play a huge rolein their lives. This is why, when they go out to the shops, they tend to pay attention to the machines being used by shopkeepers.

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