I believe that Licklider’s article is fairly predictive of the reality that we live in today. At the end of his article, he discusses how much of the work that we do will be centered on the use of computers. This is an accurate prediction of our lives today because most schoolwork and office work is now done on computers. For example, many high schools and colleges now offer online classes, where the students are required to watch the lectures and complete the homework entirely on their computer. In addition, many job applications can now only be completed on the web and not in the store that you are applying to. In Licklider’s article, he also mentions that there will be programs existing within a network, which can help people with things such as investment guidance, entertainment events, dictionaries, teaching programs, communication, etc. This is an exact prediction of the lives that everyone lives today because each person depends on all of these programs to help them organize and manage their daily lives. On the other hand, he also mentioned some things in his article that were not predictive of the reality that we live in today. For example, he explained that the unemployment rate should go away because of the new computers and computer software, but unemployment actually had the opposite effect and majorly increased.
Licklider’s discussion on the cost of computing and its effects on how we interact socially was a good representation of the lives we live today. He explained in depth about the cost of computing is his article and came to the conclusion that even though the price would seem high at first, it would greatly decrease before computers became a major part of everyday life. This is true because the cost of computers was very high, but when it began to become a major industry the cost decreased and became affordable to most ordinary individuals. When this occurred more and more people began to take advantage of the new technology that was now available to them. As computers began to become more advanced, people began using it more for interacting socially with other people and not just their work. As a result, the computer has large effects on how we interact with others. It allows us to interact with our colleagues and share information without making business trips and also allows everyone to have access to all the information on the web.
I think that Sherry Turkle will agree with some of the points raised by Licklider, but also disagree with some of the points in his article. Licklider discusses in his article how computers will allow us to communicate with others more effectively and productively with computers and I believe that Sherry Turkle would agree with this aspect of his article. However, in the podcast she discusses how technology effects us and makes us hide behind our phones and computers. She believes that people rely too much on their phones and computers to communicate with others and because of these things everyone would rather text than have an actual conversation. These points that Sherry Turkle discussed were not raised in Licklider’s article.