Computer technology is an ever-evolving field that advances at a pace beyond the comprehensive capabilities of most. It is not surprising that this rapid growth is making many workers nervous. As the computer industry continues on its path, there are several fields that will be impacted more than others.
Teachers will be uniquely impacted by computer technology. Already, teachers are struggling to keep pace. They are dealing with both the benefits of computer moderated classrooms and grade lists and the drawbacks of monitoring plagiarism online. As time goes on, more and more teachers are likely to employ computer-based teaching in the classroom, be it in the form of notes that can be accessed after class for studying, homework to be completed or in-class video conferences with experts or people from different cultures.
As the Internet has expanded, newspapers, magazines and other forms of print media have found themselves struggling to maintain a profit. As more and more people become Internet savvy, it is possible that print media will find itself out of a market, and news will become purely digital, pushing all journalists and editors to an Internet format. However, it's not just the news industry that could be impacted. With the dawn of eBooks, digital copies of books are becoming more and more popular, which could push publishers to move their operations online as well.
In a post 9/11-era, homeland security is more important than ever. The expansion of computer technology will aid in the quest to keep America safe via thumbprint and retinal scans as well as international identification databases. Better identity security means that the country is better protected. It also means that the individuals operating these technologies will have to undergo more and more training in order to do their job. Theoretically, it could also eliminate some of the positions that are currently available, causing some to lose their jobs.
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