SOME OBSERVATIONS ALONG THE ROAD TO “NATIONAL INFORMATION POWER”
When examining the technologies associated with information in its many forms, America has truly been blessed—or cursed, depending on your point of view—with an abundance of energy and inventiveness. Through the genius of Bell and Edison, and more recently, the products of RCA, Bell Laboratories, Microsoft, Intel and others, America has consistently held the lead in the invention and application of information technology. The practical advantages of this position have been frequent, numerous and profound. At present, American-designed and manufactured microprocessors, the subatomic particles of computer technology, dominate the global market, at a time when virtually every aspect of life on Earth is hurtling headlong toward expression in informational form. Beyond that, the operating systems and software applications—the rules that cause things to actually happen inside computers—are also totally dominated not just by the ubiquitous Microsoft Corporation,1 but by America as a whole.
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