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Issue 5 • Date May 1977

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  • Contents

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 1
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  • [Advertisement]

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 2 - 5
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  • Conference calendar

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 6 - 7
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  • Forum

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 8 - 12
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  • News from Washington

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 13
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  • Energy report

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 14 - 14h
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  • Inside IEEE

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 15 - 23
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    While PAC members still voice complaints with regard to USAB's program, there was nothing but praise for USAB Vice President John Guarrera's handling of a free-wheeling, three-day PAC workshop held at the end of March in Arlington, Va. The advertised purpose of the workshop, the second USAB has sponsored in six months, was to sample ¿grass roots¿ sentiment on professional issues, as well as to o... View full abstract»

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  • The engineer at large

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 24 - 26
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  • Spectral lines: Announcing the Amazing Micro-Mouse Maze Contest

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 27
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    It was through mere happenstance that Spectrum's editors learned ¿ by means of word propagated along the industry grapevine ¿ of a so-called electronic mouse (¿le mouse electronique¿ were the exact words that reached our ears). Upon assigning our top investigative reporters to the task of finding out the true facts, we quickly found that in January the magazine Machine Design had indeed called... View full abstract»

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  • Consumer electronics: Everybody's doing it (`computing¿ at home): The demand for owner-operated microcomputers has blossomed, creating a brand-new market for kits, peripherals, and software

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 29 - 34
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    Slavery is immoral, servants are expensive, and socio-political consciousness raising has given the family pet a monopoly on loyalty and obedience. Yet the human ego still longs to dominate a more productive, skilled, and responsible entity. View full abstract»

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  • Communications: One way to talk to computers: Voice commands to computers may substitute in part for conventional input devices

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 35 - 40
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    No longer the province of science fiction, machines that recognize and interpret spoken commands are now a commercial reality ¿ and have been for more than three years. Fortunately for the human ego, such machines cannot (as yet) take over the operator's task. They do not really understand the words, but merely recognize them and perform preprogrammed assignments in response. The benefit of a sim... View full abstract»

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  • Solid-state devices: Amorphous semiconductors revisited: Despite residual skepticism, they've been successfully used in memory, microfiche, and graphic-arts applications

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 41 - 45
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    A noted silicon semiconductor authority recently remarked: ¿Many semiconductor experts who doubt the usefulness of amorphous semiconductor technology haven't given the technology a second, more recent look. Don't criticize what you haven't seen.¿ View full abstract»

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  • Electronics in medicine: Imaging technology: A European survey: New devices and techniques provide more revealing images for medical diagnoses

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 46 - 50
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    After a physician talks to a patient and gets a medical history, he may wish to ¿see¿ inside the patient's body. Although surgical investigation is sometimes the only way to determine exactly what a medical problem is, or the extent of that problem, physicians are relying increasingly on various electronic diagnostic instruments to extend their senses: Among such instruments are ultrasonic scann... View full abstract»

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  • Banking/commerce: Electronic funds transfer: Too much, too soon? The technology is available but the barriers of regulations, economies of scale, and consumer attitudes must be overcome

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 51
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    The National Commission on Electronic Fund Transfers, in a recent report to the U.S. Congress, stated that Americans soon will be able to dispense with cash and checks, to a large degree, and turn to computer systems for accommodating funds transfer and bill paying. And, the Commission stressed, they will be able to do so without fear of invasion of their privacy ¿ if Congress enacts some safegua... View full abstract»

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  • I The state of the technology

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 51 - 53
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    Electronic funds-transfer (EFT) systems apply electronics technology to common financial transactions, those typically handled by cash or checks. In the process, these systems may also transfer associated information. The principal EFT systems in operation today are: online teller terminals, automated teller machines, point-of-sale devices or terminals, automated clearing-houses, and facilities fo... View full abstract»

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  • II Social problems and interfaces

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 54 - 55
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    EFT systems offer businesses and individuals a new set of alternatives for conducting their financial transactions. As with any new product or service, success will depend on consumer acceptance in the marketplace. In seeking this success, EFT has to contend with three barriers: regulation, economies of scale, and consumer attitudes. None of these barriers are insurmountable, but they are all suff... View full abstract»

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  • III Progress and expectations

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 56 - 57
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    From the point of view of EFT protagonists, progress is being made on all fronts. In the regulatory area, for example, some 26 states have passed enabling legislation that makes possible the installation of essentially all types of EFT equipment and defines the conditions under which installations can be made. In general, the effect of such legislation is either to remove the concept that an EFT t... View full abstract»

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  • Telecommunications: Meeting through your computer: Information exchange and engineering decision-making are made easy through computer-assisted conferencing

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 58 - 64
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    As you read this article, 15 scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and three Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) National Laboratories are meeting to discuss modeling the impact on several western states of strip and underground mining, new power plants, and other schemes for energy extraction. At another meeting, several administrators from USGS offices in Menlo Park... View full abstract»

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  • 1976 Annual report: Problems and progress reviewed

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 65 - 72
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  • Meetings

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 73 - 78
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  • Book reviews

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 79 - 82
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  • New product applications

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 83 - 86h
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  • News from industry

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 87
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  • News from region 2

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 88 - 89
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  • Spectrum's hardware review

    Publication Year: 1977 , Page(s): 90
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