The past 50 years have witnessed a revolution in computing and
related communications technologies. The contributions of industry
and university researchers to this revolution are manifest; less
widely recognized is the major role the federal government played
in launching the computing revolution and sustaining its momentum.
Funding a Revolution examines the history of computing since World
War II to elucidate the federal government's role in funding
computing research, supporting the education of computer scientists
and engineers, and equipping university research labs. It reviews
the economic rationale for government support of research,
characterizes federal support for computing research, and
summarizes key historical advances in which government-sponsored
research played an important role.
Funding a Revolution contains a series of case studies in
relational databases, the Internet, theoretical computer science,
artificial intelligence, and virtual reality that demonstrate the
complex interactions among government, universities, and industry
that have driven the field. It offers a series of lessons that
identify factors contributing to the success of the nation's
computing enterprise and the government's role within it.
National Academies Press
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