issue 162 - August 1986
Commercial and political pressures are driving forward a new age
of technological change. On this page we account for some of
the actors, the priorities, the effects and the victims.
The top 30 companies in order of revenue from data-processing activities.
Source: Datamation, June 1986
Scource: Sleepers Wakel, Barry Jones Wheatsheaf, 1982
Working women are concentrated into just those jobs which are most easily automated using micro-electronics. The data below shows the segregation of occupations in the US. The situation is similar on other countries. In Australia, for example, it has been calculated that, on the basis of 1977 data, 50 per cent of the female workforce are employed in the 'at risk' female occupations, compared with a figure of only 25 per cent for the males.
Source: Kaplinsky, ILO, 1986. See action
Scientific and technical research do not simply follow where inspiration leads. Each country's investments reflect the priorities of the political paymasters - as indicated on the diagram below for the major Western nations.
Source: OECD Observer, Jan 1986
An increasing percentage of the workforce in most Western countries are now handlers of information and providers of services rather than manufacturers of physical goods.
Source: Microman, Pash and Curran, Century, 1982
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the August 1986 issue
of New Internationalist.
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