Synopsis by Alice Duncan
This is the third volume of the six-part Computer Revolution video series which explores the origins and development of computers, discusses important innovations (up to 1990, when the documentary was made), and considers the computer's place in society. In this episode, explanations and demonstrations are provided to help viewers understand how computers process data. The program goes on to explore a sampling of the myriad of possibilities being opened up by quickly expanding computer technology. Examples of these impressive capacities that are given include, the use of millions of different colors in computer graphics, the ability to synchronize large numbers of sounds across large distances, and the ability to simulate a huge range of conditions -- from analyzing air flow around the body of a car to predicting specific changes and conditions within entire "imaginary" cities. Other programs in this series include: Birth of the Computer, Growing Power, Shrinking Size, Data as Power, The Next Frontier and Artificial Intelligence, Real Problems.