Technology in the Next Century
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 1 Oct 1998, p. 137-149
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Technology in the Next Century

A joint meeting of The Empire Club of Canada and The Canadian Club of Toronto. Comments on the year 2000 problem. Technology and how companies come and go. Fortune 500 companies then and now. Coping with rapid change and how technology exacerbates that change. Past forecasts and how accurate they were. The computers around us. New-fashioned computers. Ways in which technology is helping us. Technology and how it comes but never in the form that you expected. Some examples. Computers in the office. Effects of technology on communication. The role of the Internet. The increased competition of the open egalitarian world. Our need to know about technology, and how and why that is so. The failure of companies to make transitions to the next kind of product, and reasons why that happens. What happened to the mainframe and mini-computer manufacturers. The lack of infrastructure in new businesses. Moving beyond Microsoft, Intel, and the PC. Another way that technology is changing things very rapidly - how we address the privacy issue, how we address the publicity issue, and how we address the political issue, with discussion and example for each. The nature of the Internet. The difficulties of going into the next century with technology.