Ermin Garcia St. Brgy. Pinagkaisahan, Cubao, Quezon City
Sustaining Productivity and Competitiveness in Support of the Schools First Initiative:
Information Technology is Central to Our Country
Computers affect our lives enormously. We use them directly for everyday tasks such as making an airline reservation, getting money from an automated teller machine, or writing a report on a word processor. We also enjoy many products and services that would not be possible without digital computing and communications.
The direct use of computing is growing rapidly. Personal computers are already pervasive in our economy and society: in the United States over 70 million are installed, and between one-fifth and one-third of U.S. households have a computer. The increasing popularity of personal computing is but the tip of the iceberg; education, communication, medicine, government, manufacturing, transportation, science, engineering, finance, and entertainment all increasingly use digital computing and communications to enhance our lives directly by offering improved goods and services.
Indirectly, computing and communications are used to make many products cheaper
and better. Without computers connected by communication networks, designing the newest U.S. jetliner, the Boeing 777, within acceptable cost and time constraints would have been impossible. Advanced hardware and advanced software working together substituted computer models for expensive and time-consuming physical modeling. The design of complex plastic molded parts, now routinely used for many products, depends on computer simulation of plastic flow and computer control of die making. Automobile engines rely on embedded computers for fuel economy and emission control, and doctors use computer-assisted tomography (CAT) scanners to see inside the body. Computers help us understand and tap Earth's resources: our oil is found by computer analysis of geologic data. Interconnected computer systems underlie our entire financial system, enabling electronic funds transfer and services such as home banking. Digital communication extends to a large and rapidly increasing number of businesses,
educational institutions, government agencies, and homes.
Originally devices for computation and business data processing, computers now are tools for information access and processing in the broadest sense. As such, they have become fundamental to the operation of our society, and computing and communications have come to be labeled widely as "information processing."
Remarkably, given its already enormous direct and indirect impact, information technology is being deployed in our society more rapidly now than at any time in the past. If this momentum is sustained, then digital technology and digital information the digital information revolution will offer a huge range of new applications, create markets for a wide variety of new products and services, and yield a broad spectrum of benefits to all Filipinos'.
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