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This book will stand up at older age levels and is placed here because of its good introductory (rather than technical) approach. It is a balanced, knowledgeable presentation of a subject that will vitally affect the careers of tomorrow's employees. Automation generally produces one of two reactions in the periodical press --it is either viewed as management's vicious threat to labor or it is the rather awful reassurance of a mechanically produced leisure, wealth and harmony. The authors have avoided the first pitfall without ignoring the serious educational and occupational readjustments that will be required. The second has been by-passed with their explanation of the automated future that has a tone of consistent optimism but promises no pie-in-the-sky permanent vacations. The four sections of the book are: a definition and short history of technology; a survey of computers -- what they do and how they do it; the applications of automation to industry, agriculture and the home; and various conclusions and predictions about the impact of automation on the whole economy as well as the individual. It is an essential book for public and high school libraries --particularly those concerned with vocational guidance.

Pub Date: April 15th, 1963
Publisher: Holiday House