CMPS 002 - Computer Literacy

Prof. Paulo Franca

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Chapter 1 - Our Digital Planet

  • Creating Communities in the Living Web

    • Individuals start playing an active role in construction of the web.
    • Increasingly more material is contributed by users.
    • Social Networks (MySpace)
    • WikiPedia
    • Second Life
  • Living in a Nondigital World

  • Computers in Perspective

    • First programmable, general-purpose computer, Z1 (1939 Germany - Konrad Zuse)
    • Iowa State (Atanasoff-Berry) special computer to solve linear equations - turned down by IBM
    • 1944 Mark I (electromechanical) - Harvard - Howard Aiken - ballistic tables for the Navy
    • ENIAC - electronic - 1944 - 1946 Eckert/Mauchly - ballistic tables for the US Army
    Vacuum Tube

    Transistor

    Integrated Circuit

    • Evolution in: Reliability, Size, Speed, Efficiency, Cost
    • Microprocessors
  • Computers Today: a Brief Taxonomy

    • Embedded Systems

    • Personal Computers

     
    • Handheld Devices

 
  • Servers

  • Mainframes and Supercomputers

 
  • Computer Connections: The Internet Revolution

  • Into the Information Age:

    • Working Wisdom: Working the Web

    • Search Engines,
      • Be specific
      • + and - (contains and does not contain)
      • Credibility of the Web
      • Protect your Privacy
    • Living with Digital Technology

    • Explanations: Clarifying Technology

    • Applications: Digital Technology in Action

    • Implications: Social and Ethical Issues

    • Working Wisdom: Computer Ethics

    • History of the Future

  • Inventing the Future: Tomorrow Never Knows