Now is the time to become computer literate

Essay by Brad McCaffreyJunior High, 8th grade January 1996

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Now is the time to become computer literate. Now is the time to

become familiar and comfortable with the computer because in

the future we will become virtually a paperless society and many

daily activities will be linked to the computer.

Mail delivery to the home and business will be almost

entirely phased out and e-mail will replace it. Bills will come via

the computer and paid the same way. Pay checks will be

electronically deposited to your bank account. On special

occasions such as birthdays, greeting cards will be sent from

your computer to your loved ones computer.

Shopping malls will become cyber malls and we will do our

shopping via the computer. You will be able to view on your

monitor how you would look in a certain outfit you are

considering to buy. Imagine traveling over the entire mall in a

comfortable in front of your computer.

Push a button and the

entire stock of a store will be at your finger tips. When you do go

to a store to shop you will not use money. You will use either a

credit card or debit card which will automatically deduct the

amount if you purchase from your bank account.

Our homes will be run by computers. Computers will adjust

the temperature. Home appliances will be linked to the computer.

Imagine driving home from work and calling your computer and

having it start dinner for you. Have it adjust the temperature so

your home will be a comfortable temperature when you arrive.

Window covering will be adjusted to allow the correct amount of

sunlight in. Light fixtures will automatically adjust to the right

level of light in your home.

The way of business conducted be entirely changed.

Instead of long distance business trips, business will be

conducted via interactive tele-conferences. Documents and files

will be stored on computers hard drives. Much of this is done

today but in the future it will expand as we become a paperless


Many workers will not have to go to a place of employment.

They will work from their homes via the computer. For those who

do have to drive to work it will become less stressful as

computer help to keep traffic congestion down. Cars will have on

board computers to keep them aware of road conditions, traffic

backups, and which route is best to take. On board computer will

also replace maps and give directions from your current location

to where you are going. If you happen to get lost your computer

will get you back to the correct road.

The education system will also join the computer age. Every

student will have access to a computer. Text books will be on

disks. Students will have access to a vast amount of reference

material via the computer modem from far away universities and

other institutions. Home work will done on the computer. Instead

of turning in papers on which you have done your homework you

will either turn in a disk or send it to your teachers by a modem.

Teachers will no longer have to spend hours grading papers.

Homework and in class work will be graded by the computer.

Test will be taken on the computer and you will know as soon as

you finish you will know what your score is. At the end of the

grading period your teacher will just punch a few keys on her

computer and your report cards will print out as the computer

keeps track of all your grades for the quarter. Some classes will

be conducted by interactive teleconferences much the same

business conferences are conducted. This will give students in

small schools the same educational opportunities as those in the

larger school systems. Our leisure time will also be affected by

the expanded use of computers. In the future the home

communication system { phones, e-mail, faxes, and modems} and

tv service will be integrated into one system. If you want to read

the newspaper you will not have to travel to the driveway to pick

it up. Just flip on your tv and with the aid of your computer pull

up the paper on your screen and read. Magazines will be available

the same way. If you want to watch a movie and just turn on the

tv and you will receive a list of what is on. Order by the computer

and sit back and enjoy the movie. Video games will be available

to play on your tv the same way. People whose hobbies are

collecting things such as card or stamps can receive the latest

information on their collections from the computer.

Find yourself putting on a few extra pounds spending all

your time in front of your computer system. You can get exercise

programs and a computer generated diet geared to your specific

needs from your computer

So to be a productive person in the future you will need to

prepared for the future so NOW IS THE TIME!