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Communications, Computers and Networks

By fusing computing and communications technologies, we can create an infrastructure that will profoundly reshape our economy and society

By Michael L. Dertouzos

Networked Computing in the 1990s

Computers began as cumbersome machines served by a technical elite and evolved into desktop tools that obeyed the individual. The next generation will collaborate actively with the user

By Lawrence G. Tesler

The Computer for the 21st Century

Specialized elements of hardware and software, connected by wires, radio waves and infrared, will be so ubiquitous that no one will notice their presence

By Mark Weiser

Products and Services for Computer Networks

Tired of the constraints of space and time? Intelligently designed network products that understand the needs of individuals will set us free

By Nicholas P. Negroponte

Computers, Networks and Work

Electronic interactions differ significantly from face-to-face exchanges. As a result, computer networks will profoundly affect the structure of organizations and the conduct of work

By Lee Sproull and Sara Kiesler

Computers, Networks and the Corporation

Computer networks are forging new kinds of markets and new ways to manage organizations. The result will be a major change in corporate structure and management style

By John F. Rockart and Thomas W. Malone


Globally networked, easy-to-use computers can enhance learning, but only within an educational environment that encourages students to question "facts" and seek challenges

By Alan C. Kay

Computers, Networks and Public Policy

Infrastructure for the Global Village

A high-capacity network will not be built without government investment

By Al Gore

Common Law for the Electronic Frontier

Networked computing challenges the laws that govern information and ownership

By Anne W. Branscomb

Civil Liberties in Cyberspace

When does hacking turn from an exercise of civil liberties into crime?

By Mitchell Kapor


  • 50 and 100 Years Ago: October 15

  • Graft without Corruption

  • Elusive Quarry

  • Gravity's Rainbow

  • AIDS Education May Breed Intolerance

  • Has AIDS Peaked?

  • Model Mice

  • Psychic vs. Skeptic

  • Mutt & Jeff

  • Clear Advantage

  • Encoding the "Neatness" of Ones and Zeroes

  • Golden Screws

  • Learning how Bacteria Swim could Set New Gears in Motion

  • True Blue

  • Moles at Work

  • Industrial Immunology

  • Letters

    Letters to the Editors, October 1991

  • Recommended

    Book Reviews, October 1991

  • Mathematical Recreation

    Leaping into Lyapunov Space

  • Departments

    Trading Leisure Time for More Goods?

  • The Urge of an Ancient Dream

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September 1991

Of Shamrocks and Science

Happy St. Patrick’s Day