Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: SA-049-002-1-1-United States-ROPER-1983

Subject Area: Attitudes Toward Self and Society

Bibliographic Citation: Impact of technology on society, 1983.  [machine-readable data file] / Louis Harris and Associates  [principal investigator(s)] / Storrs, CT: Roper Center for Public Opinion Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: USHARRIS1983-2033

Date Accessioned: 4/24/2001

Number of Files Received: 2

Comments: Survey universe is national adults plus an oversample of 305 adult residents of Connecticut and a sample of 400 leaders who were interviewed between September 7-23, 1983.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 3/22/2001

Documentation: One volume hard copy codebook.

Abstract: Major topics include: Science/technology, computers. Impact on quality of life by: explosives, automobiles, TV, telephone, permanent space stations, laser beam, electronic calculators, genetic engineering, robots and automation, nuclear power, computers; effect of scientific research on world; possibility of destroying human race; scientific research necessitates support; technological developments contribute to unemployment; federal government/major U.S. corporations should increase donations to colleges for research; science and technology's effect on human race; understanding/interest in science and technology; phone services: grocery shopping, automatic payment of utility and phone bills, department store shopping, automatic deposit of part of paycheck; telecommunications developments: transmitting printed computerized information through phone system/messages from typewriters, copying machines, and computer printers, printed computerized financial information, computerized facts from encyclopedias and libraries newspaper and magazines copies, controlling home appliances by phone when not at home, recording phone messages, Latest shopping information display, transfer calls, videophone centers to hold meetings; changes in methods of office work: computer terminal at desk, central headquarters databank on computers, word processor, smaller office units, use of computers or manufacturing: robot take over, computer quality control, storage of daily output, increased productivity, wage increases, workers having direct voice in work circle participation; changes in education: elementary school pupils' use of computer, computer-taught reading and comprehension, college students required to have personal computer, college students learning individually through computer, teachers' knowledge of computer instruction, workers' knowledge of computers; phone technology resulting in higher telephone bills; reliance on machines results in less creativity; factory automation will lead to successful competition with Japan and Europe; use of computers in education will eliminate benefits of inspired teachers/enable talented students to go further ahead; scientific and technological developments' effect on efficiency, job opportunities, leisure time, working with people, personal growth/ development, health hazards on job; privacy ; ease of creation of personal master file; computerized invasion of privacy: IRS records, Census Bureau Information, FBI information, credit business selling information, banks and insurance companies sharing information; treatment of information, banks and insurance companies sharing information; treatment of information by: IRS, FBI, welfare agencies, Census Bureau, banks, insurance companies, loan companies, credit bureaus, phone company, public opinion research firms; invasion of privacy; computers threat to personal privacy; statements about computers: machines do drudge work can make serious mistakes, allow time for creative/productive work, can make human robots, can make economy competitive again, create possibility of tampering with vital records, drawbacks of centralized information, confidential information obtained more easily, individualized service from companies, restrictions on computer use, solving problems; information on computers could lead to: threats to disclosure of damaging facts, government intimidation, closed circuit television monitoring, reduction of privacy, freedom, and liberty, totalitarian state; federal action on: criminal offence to violate privacy, regulations on information combinations, punishing companies that shared private information, impeaching public officials who used confidential information, punishing authority responsible for computer mistakes, law requiring damaging information to be double-checked thoroughly; computer knowledge: how to use, use at work; home computer: transmit information over phone, ownership, expectations of uses, fulfillment of expectations; personal usefulness of home computer for: ability to keep track of regularly needed information, children's ability to learn how to use, computer game; similarity of society to Orwell's 1984; number of school-age children; public vs. private school; grade at which children taught computer use; labor union membership; political ideology.

Media/File Reports:

7392 (CD-Rom)
7393 (CD-Rom)
9002 (USB Flask Drive)
9003 (USB Flask Drive)
9004 (SSCC network drive)