This short 1982 educational film, produced by Dimension Films shortly before the company folded in 1985. The film gives viewers a look at the different ways computers are used in society (specifically, it discusses computer use for creative, machine control, models, and files). The film opens with a shot of a computer in a large room. Children sit around an Apple II computer and monitor. A man uses a computer to generate designs. Dr. Derek Sampson looks at a computer printout of patient names (01:40). He speaks with a young woman waiting for a kidney transplant. A woman carries a kidney in a box into a hospital. Dr. Sampson speaks to the camera about using computers to expedite the process of identifying kidney recipient matches. A woman sketches out a flow chart for a computer program to identify patients in need of kidney transplants to match tissue and blood types (03:42). Dr. Sampson enters the relevant information about a donated kidney into the computer. Groceries are scanned at a grocery store (05:26). The film shows the magnetic tapes in an IBM computer running the bar code processing program. The 62TM drive shown was a magnetic drive capable of storing 10MB of data. Traffic announcers read traffic alerts over the air at Metro Traffic Control, reading updated alerts on computer monitors (06:10) running Instatrak II software, and issuing a SIGALERT for traffic problems. Jerry Curtis checks on GM / Pontiac Camaros being manufactured on an assembly line (07:29). He shows the camera a controller used to control a welding robot on the line. He demonstrates how to program a welding spot line. He then reviews the program on the computer monitor. The film shows the computer system’s electric eye (09:32). Dr. James Blinn sits at a computer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and models a robotic arm for a space vehicle (09:52). The film then shows numbers from another model used to save the El Segundo Blue butterfly. The butterfly eats from a buckwheat flower next to an oil refinery plant. Dr. Richard Arnold observes the buckwheat plants. Dr. Arnold uses a computer in his office to make a mathematical model of ideal numbers of buckwheat plants for the butterflies (12:33). Students use an Apple II computer modeling program at FOLLK (Friends of LISP/Logo & Kids) to understand how fish populations work (13:58). Other students use the program Logo on an Apple II to create graphic art. A man installs a new circuit board in a computer (15:47). Two students discuss making titles for the film (17:10). The girls try running the title; they then debug their coding after the timing of the title doesn’t run correctly. A woman inserts a floppy disc in an office to prepare a report (18:14) on a Xerox 8010 Star -- this was the first computer to ship with a mouse. An artist designs a work on a computer using a simple paintbrush program. The film then shows shots of the various people featured in the film working on flowcharts for their computer programs in their respective areas, concluding the film.
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