The New York Times reports that decades of rapid advances in computing speed, memory, networking, software, have brought computing into science, business, and culture in ways that were barely even hinted at years ago. These quantitative advances have paved the way for massive qualitative changes. Now computing advances have enabled computer simulations of climate change, and the unraveling of the human genome. Meanwhile, low-cost computing and the internet are currently revolutionizing the global economy. At a symposium held in Washington by the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, scientists from academia and business attempted to answer the question: "What's...

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