IX. THE HOME COMPUTER
A new piece of furniture or a new instrument?
Computers are experiencing the same phenomenon as telephones, radios and televisions in the home. In the beginning there was just one set for all, but after a while every family member became independent and achieved a set of their own. The same is happening with PC s. The availability of portables has also facilitated a multiplicity of uses and constant mobility as happens with cellular telephones and wireless phones which are nowhere in particular and yet everywhere. We can therefore foresee a multiplying of these information tools under a single roof. The computer is not however just another piece of furniture. It is more like a musical instrument, a piano, installed in a fixed area, or portable like a violin. Furthermore, we can foresee that every family will be able to count on its favorite "information instrument" as well as being able to use everyone else's. In fact domestic computers should be left on all day, and connected to the network like ever-present actively available educational instruments for the whole family.