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The social impact (Project MAC)

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2 Author(s)
Lee, J.A.N. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Virginia Tech., Blacksburg, VA, USA ; Fano, R.M.

Outside of the technological advances being made in time-sharing and interactive computing as well as the allied enterprises within Project MAC, there was a deep concern among the system designers about the cultural impact of placing a computer in the public domain. In a paper coauthored with E.E. David, Jr., in 1965 and in another published in 1967, R. Fano commented on such current concerns as unemployment and predicted future concerns that we now live with, including computer security and (what is now called) backing. Excerpts from these papers are presented.<>

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Annals of the History of Computing, IEEE  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 2 )