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On the relation of interactive computing to computer science

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1 Author(s)
Taylor, R.W. ; Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, Calif.

Recognition of computer science as a research and educational field in its own right began only a decade ago. The computer science mainstream has been focused upon the understanding and creation of discourse between humans and, more specifically, between humans and their informational resources, both human and machine. This is in contrast with the common and predominate institutional view that the computer is an arithmetic engine. The present and potential informational resources valuable to a human require little concern for arithmetic. The human value of informational resources results through aiding the human's ability to externalize models of issues, things, or events, i.e., the key to understanding and then communicating, Interactive computing issues will continue to be the driving force of computer science resulting in eventual common awareness that the computer is a populist communications medium.

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:63 ,  Issue: 6 )