Computers and the Internet have changed our lives and even our society since they were first introduced. Computers, in rudimentary form, have been around since the abacus, but computers in the modern sense were first developed around the 1940s. The first well-known computer in the United States was ENIAC, the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator. ENIAC took up an entire room, generated quite a bit of heat, and did much less work than a standard PC or laptop of today. Still, for its time, it was a huge leap forward.
Computers progressed from punch-card programming to actual written programs with commands built in. Scientists today are working on computers with "artificial intelligence" that can "think" for themselves within defined limits. This development could have huge advantages. Think of a vacuum cleaner that can identify a dusty spot and go back to clean it up, or a dishwasher that identifies when the dishes aren’t quite clean, and runs for another five minutes.
Computers created the "information age", where huge amounts of data could be processed. This has led to many advantages in modern life, including easily balancing your bank statement or brokerage account, using dictionary and encyclopedia programs, even planning and designing a new house is possible on your computer! There is software available for almost any need, and if you have a notebook or laptop computer, those programs can go anywhere you go. From writing a letter to designing a birthday card, there’s nothing you can’t do with a computer.
The Internet has brought even more drastic changes. Using your computer, you can "go online", and access the Worldwide Web (WWW). You can connect to other computers, huge databases, university or county libraries, banks, or your utility company. There’s hardly a bill that can’t be paid online these days – no more licking stamps!
If you have a friend or family member living a long distance away, you can contact them by e-mail for free, saving money in long-distance charges. Movies, songs, and games can be downloaded via the Internet to your computer, and many of them are free, as well. Do your banking online at 2am, or take an online class in math or basket weaving. The Internet has truly revolutionized how we connect with other people, as well as businesses.
There’s not one area of our lives that computers and the Internet have not affected. While there are things to watch out for, overall most people agree that the huge advantages that have come from computers and the Internet far outweigh any disadvantages.
Many people has been saying that the world of technology has taken over the human skills, thus, what they have not realize is that the humans are the one making the computers. Also they are the one giving the one adapting their skill to the computers and machines to do our job to seem more perfect.
The only disadvantages of having computer a d internet is that people do not go to the library to retrieve there information for anything. People can just google it and find there answer. So people are ot interacting as much and are not working as hard to retrieve information and there for people are not going to remember the information as well.
Computers are slowly but steadily creeping into our lives. It has completely changed the complexion of our work and leisure. Now architects design our houses with the help of computers. We can keep in touch with all our friends and family by internet. Even the book we are reading now has been typist by a computer. With the proper equipment we can sit at our computer and communicate with someone any where in the world. We can use the internet to access vast amount of information including text, graphics, sound and video in any part of the world. With the help of our computers we can send e-mail, receive electronic news letters and even chat with others on line.
Most of the computers programmers are such as teach children different languages and scientific facts through interesting games. By playing these games they learn how to make fantastic graphics, animations and sounds at the touch of finger. We can get information about all the fields due to internet. The internet has moved this whole World into a Globe. Our pay bills and utility bills are prepared by computers. Today scientists, doctors, engineers, musicians, accountants, businessmen, bankers and almost everybody belonging to any field of life are using them in their day to day work.
Computers have been around since the 17th century, when the word computer means "Human Computer", as by a person doing calculations. The modern computer did not hit us until the 1940's when then computers were just basically a keyboard that you pug into your TV.
The computers that we know today as PC or Personal Computers were first introduced in the 1960's when Apple made there first computer called "Apple 1". Since then computers have been improving in ways we can only imagine from new software to new designs.
The question that you have to ask yourself is "How did the computer come to be a great hit worldwide?" The answer no one knows. A survey was carried out in Washington and Alabama in 2002 entitled "Computers as we know them". Studies proved that 10% of the 200,000 who took the survey answered they have no clue when or how the computer started.
I am a computer technician and programmer with over 25 years of computing knowledge, and even I can't pin point the computer era. Computers are a huge part of public and private life.
From speaking to a huge majority of computer experts, they say that computers have not yet reached there full potential. They say that in 10 - 25 years computers will be everywhere, from Remote controlled kitchenettes among others in the home.
That is my definition of computer in our life.
Dwight E. Dessengier