Accession Number : AD0638720

Title :   THE PROJECTED EFFECT OF AUTOMATION ON FUTURE NAVY PERSONNEL REQUIREMENTS. PART II: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE NAVY'S ENVIRONMENT, THE NATION.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.

Corporate Author : NAVAL PERSONNEL RESEARCH ACTIVITY SAN DIEGO CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Kaplan,Irving E.

Report Date : AUG 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 66

Abstract : The single technological contemporary contribution which will have the greatest effect on the contemporary civilization is the microelectronic revolution. Microelectronic techniques will result in electronic systems and equipments which will be much smaller, will use less power, will be extremely reliable and maintainable, will be producible by automated methods and will therefore be very inexpensive. The great reliability and very low cost of microelectronic circuitry will lower the costs of commercial and industrial computers to a point at which industry will find it competitively necessary to automate. Since any process which can be systematized, however loosely, is subject to cybernetic control and since the pressure of competition will force industry to do so, it is anticipated that most of industry will be automated within a short time. A time frame for the industrial changeover to automation is presented. The broad implications of automation for industry, the economy, the individual, the culture, and education as they will affect the Navy are discussed. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*NAVAL PERSONNEL, AUTOMATION), MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, COSTS, RELIABILITY, CYBERNETICS, COMPUTERS, NAVY

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE