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The Role of Computers

Computers used to be a luxury item, something that many people wanted but few could afford to have. However, as technology has become a greater part of everyday life, computers are now an absolute necessity. Offices without computers are outdated and most likely inefficient. Records kept on paper instead of in computer databases take up more space and waste paper. Communication without the help of computers is slower and more difficult. Students need computers to complete many reports, projects, and research. Across the board, computers have become an indispensable part of our lives.

Computers: From Past to Present

Computers have evolved greatly since their initial development in the 1980s. They used to be incredibly large, taking up rooms of space. They were very expensive and first used only in certain businesses and research facilities. However, as people began to understand more about the capabilities of computer technology and realize that it could have serious implications for everyday life, there was an effort to decrease the size of computers and make them more accessible to a larger population. Eventually, computers became small enough to fit on a large desk, with a TV-like monitor and a “tower” that contained the brains and technology of the computer.

Even though computers and the related technology have come a long way, the technological developments will continue, making computers better, faster, more efficient, and easier to operate. In the early days of computers, only very qualified computer technicians and programmers could understand how computers work and operate them properly, but now the systems have been made so user-friendly that even five-year-olds can use computers with ease. Computers are now more portable than ever, partly due to things like laptop computers and wireless technology. Computers have made our lives easier, and we have all become so reliant on them and their assistance that many of us could not imagine life without them.