Programming the Unprogrammable
In this lecture I will like to address myself to the 'now-ology' (so to speak) of our society and the possible futuristic fifteen years ahead. Major trends in computing are expected to develop in this period, and may become very significant for mankind. This is important because it is considered that many of the changes that will occur after 1990 need to be taken into account when formulating policy for the subsequent ten years. The essential prerequisite to the formulation of a general policy must be the study and the thorough evaluation of policy alternatives. Such studies are particularly necessary in the case of computing because the situation is changing so rapidly that the formulation of a forward-looking policy is extremely difficult.