The Role of Computers and the Internet in Modern Life

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The role of computers and the Internet in modern life

Nearly everything we do in this world is helped or even controlled by computers. So it is difficult to overestimate their role and especially the role of the Internet in our life. With the growth of computing power, computers could do more and more tasks. Increasingly more complex programs, designed for ever more powerful systems, made it possible to create on a computer everything from spreadsheets to visual art and music. By the end of the twentieth century, the computer affected almost every aspect of human life — particularly the work of artists, architects, composers, and writers. Now you don’t have to sit for hours in the library and rewrite the material you need, you can just find it on the Internet and print it. So everything you need is at hand – any materials on any topic. It’s also convenient for translators – instead of endless turning over the pages you just need to install an electronic dictionary, and your time is saved! Besides dictionaries, there are lots of other electronic programs almost for every profession. Today's architect relies on computer-aided design (CAD) programs that enable the visualization of structures in three dimensions. Musicians regularly use computers for composition and playback. Visual artists use computer graphics in creating and enhancing their works, and the traditional darkroom of the professional photographer has given way to the digital camera and the PC. As for writers, their work has been affected immeasurably by a range of computer developments, from the simplest word-processing software to complex programs that assist in the writing of novels or screenplays. The Internet is used extensively in the sphere of education. On-line education is becoming more and more popular. Getting an online degree from an online college or career school is one of the hottest trends in higher education today. An advantage of such distant education is its cost, it’s...
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