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Holmes, WN 1998 , 'The myth of the computer revolution' , Computer, vol. 31, no. 11 , pp. 121-122 , doi: 10.1109/MC.1998.730742.

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This essay covers a large number of points very briefly: the misunderstanding of the millennium bug, the hyperbole of computer publicity, the very conservative nature of computer use by government and industry, the suppression of innovation through computer use, the misunderstanding of technological evolution, computers and the rise of neofeudalism.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Holmes, WN
Keywords: millennium bug, Cobol, early computer use, conservatism, technological evolution, neofeudalism
Journal or Publication Title: Computer
ISSN: 0018-9162
DOI / ID Number: 10.1109/MC.1998.730742
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