IV. COMPUTERS WILL BECOME THE PREEMINENT COMMUNICATION DEVICE We are accustomed to thinking of computers as permitting us to do what we ordinarily do, only faster. At the present time,
many people look upon the computer as a glorified typewriter. Others view the computer as a glorified calculator.
Others see it as a glorified set of paints and canvas. Others as a glorified filing cabinet. But computers not only
permit us to do old things faster, but they permit us to do new things that we couldn't do at all before. In the
future, computers will merge data storage, the production of text, sound and visual effects, and communication,
into one device. Unlike today, where separate computer programs are needed for storage, production, and
communication, in the future one software program will combine these features, and sending information by
computer will be as simple as printing is today. The process of printing a document, then scanning it and faxing
it, or mailing it, will be eliminated since they will be unnecessary and time-consuming steps.