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The programme presents some views on the probable developments of computing and computers over the next 10 -15 years. Frank Lovis (O.U.) talks to Stanley Gill (P.A. Management Consultants and ex-Pr...ofessor of Computing, Imperial College, London) and Ted Newman (Senior Principal Scientific Officer Computer Science Division, N.P.L.). The programme starts with film of a new computer application in the timber industry. The ensuing discussion deals with applications in the near future, the developments in computer technology - microcomputers, networks, etc., and turns to the type of computing applications we may see in the future. The programme includes demonstrations specially filmed at the National Physical Laboratory to show applications currently under development. These include voice and handwriting input to computers, automatic shape recognition and the automatic office.
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Module code and title: PM951, Computing and computers
Item code: PM951; 11
First transmission date: 06-10-1973
Published: 1973
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Duration: 00:24:11
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Producer: John Richmond
Contributors: Frank Lovis; Stanley Gill; Ted Newman; Jim Hurn
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Computer technology; Computing applications
Subject terms: Microcomputers; Networks
Footage description: Programme opens with a film sequence on the thinking saw. Frank Lovis, voice over, discusses this newly developed application of computer techniques. Its designer, Jim Hurn, explains the advantages of computer control over normal machine saws, and how a total saving of 4-6% of the total value of wood used is achieved. Shots of this machinery in action, and the cutting list and job records. In the studio, Lovis introduces Stanley Gill, a consultant, and Ted Newman, of the National Physical Laboratory. They discuss the type of application which is likely in the near future and Newman shows examples of the reduction in size of components achieved in the last decade. Remaining film sequences were shot at NPL. This one shows a device for recognition and validation of signatures, and demonstration of voice commands operating a slide projector. Studio discussion covers data capture, and the use of improved terminals and networks. A map shows the extent of a typical existing world-wide airline data network. Film of an automatic data collection project at NPL, on the recognition of shapes by visual inspection. Meccano pieces are used, and the system's reaction to irregularities demonstrated. Studio discussion suggests that simpler applications for example in traffic control systems, will be predominate over more complex systems for some while. Final film sequence shows a system for automatic report correction and editing, to speed report production. Newman stresses that systems development is related to our understanding of human thought processes. Lovis closes the discussion.
Master spool number: 6HT/71071
Production number: 00525_4078
Videofinder number: 665
Available to public: no