Now the chips are down

United Kingdom, 1978

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Episode of Series “Horizon”.
Examines the role of the computer in today’s society. Discusses the development and manufacturing of the silicon chip- or microprocessor- which will totally revolutionise our way of life. Shows changes which have already occurred in the factory, office, farm and shop and explains the implications for future societies.



Edward Goldwyn

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British Broadcasting Corporation







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Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Computer industry

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Silicon


Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Information technology - Social aspects

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Technology - Social aspects

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Technology - Study and teaching

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

History → Technology and civilization

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Computer science

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Computers

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Computers - History

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Information technology - Social aspects

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Microcomputers

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Silicon

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Technology - Social aspects

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Technology - Study and teaching

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Technology and civilization

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain




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