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Horizon: Now the Chips are Down

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A machine that can read aloud; a driverless tractor; a production line without humans; a warehouse that needs no staff. Science-fiction fantasies that have already arrived! The reason is a 1-inch square chip of silicon called a microprocessor. For less than £5 it can do the same job as the giant computer of a few years ago. Programmed and linked together, they promise a future that is both sensational and frightening.
Offices, shops and factories are already being made more productive in a way that will cost millions of jobs. Now the chips are down, what are we going to do about it? Must we accept the widespread unemployment to come? Can we survive if we don't? Above all, why is nobody talking about it?


Narrator: Paul Vaughan
Film Editor: Ted Walter
Editor: Simon Campbell-Jones
Writer/Producer: Edward Goldwyn

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Horizon: Now the Chips are Down

BBC Two England, 31 March 1978 22.15

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