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This worthwhile book is addressed to the computer user, but has much to offer others interested in computers for the 70's. It contains 13 separately authored papers from the Seventh Informatics, Inc. Symposium on Information Processing. In Isaac L. Auerbach's contribution, there is a statement that summarizes the general tone of the total book, namely, In the past, we have been over-optimistic in short-term forecasts of our accomplishments and, on the other hand, have grossly underestimated long-term accomplishments, particularly regarding the growth and application areas of the computer industry. Considering the nature of our technology, I feel that our crystal ball will be just as cloudy in the 1970's as it has been in the past two decades.

E. Joseph, "B72-4 Expanding Use of Computers in the 70' Technology?Markets ? Needs ? Technology," in IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 21, no. , pp. 110, 1972.
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