Japanese/English version expected soon. A break-in period is required for the
computer to learn to recognize the user' s voice. Arid, the machine can only be used by
the person who has verbally programmed it.
With business professionals spending so much time away from the office and
often working while traveling, manufacturers have recognized a need to create "mobile
offices" for those on the go. Rolling workstations feature desks, cellular phones, cellular
fax machines, and upscale, office-type interior decorations, all installed in a regular-
sized van. Within a few years, technological miniaturization will provide laptop
computers with a cellular phone and fax machine all combined into one devise. Small,
limited-function computers (appointment books, calculator, note-takers, and so forth)
and mini-fax machines also are expected to appear soon, as in-dash components for
an acronym for facsimile transmission, that is, transmission
of images over
Lasers like the ones used in grocery store scanners will be increasingly common
for both storage and transmission of data. Laser printers, which provide very high-
quality hard copy will become cheaper and more widely used.
Computer networks will continue to become more widespread and their
applications will increase. In the future, it will be possible, for example, to sign onto a
computer to order groceries. The shopper will simply indicate the items he wants and
when he will pick them up. The groceries will be bagged and ready for pickup, upon
ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER
Electronic funds transfer will continue to reduce paperwork. When an individual
purchases gasoline on a credit card, for example, the stated amount will be subtracted
on the spot, from the bank account, using of electronic funds transfer. With the
payment made instantly, the need for an oil company credit slip will be eliminated.
Special news analyses will also be brought into the home through home computer and
modem by electronic means.
modem: a device situated between the conwnunications line and the terminal or
between the CPU and the conuuunications line. It transmits and receives
computer data over ordinary telephone lines by changing analog signals to digital
and vice versa.