John Edmisten is the Director of Global
Corporate Accounts at Eastman Chemical Company. Eastman is an industry
leader in development and productivity. Its main focus is on the
manufacturing of chemical plastic fibers. Mr. Edmisten gives us an
insightful look at computers.
What do you think is the most important component
of the computer industry today?
Anything that makes computers more accessible to the masses,worldwide.
This would include...cost, simplicity, user-friendliness, training and
knowledge of how to use, speed, size (compactness), etc.
If you could choose one important innovation for
the future surrounding computers, what would it be?
Wireless accessibility.......satellite, dish, or something
like is now in use with phone service.
What do you think is the most revolutionary invention
for the computer industry?
Miniaturization.....chips.....things that have driven size,
cost, and speed.
How do you see yourself involved in the computer
As a user of equipment and services.
What do you think is the most important trend
to watch in the development of computers?
Self-containment.....right now there's too much stuff to
hook up......speakers, modems, printers, keyboards. It's an unsightly mess.
This industry needs to get to the point where TV is........you get a source
of electric power and a signal to the outside world and you're in business.
What is your favorite aspect of today's technology?
Things you can do on the Internet. As opposed to TV,radio,newspaper.....I
can be specific as to what I want to know and
Do you credit anyone in particular for leading
the computer industry to where it is today?
access it rather quickly.
The one that first comes to mind is IBM
Who do you think will be the prominent figures
in the computer industry in the future?
Someone that goes to the next step in making computers more
accessible to the masses. This will be someone who addresses cost, simplicity,
size, signal. You need these things without compromizing on speed. Speed
is of utmost importance.
What would you refer to as the first "computer"?
Those big-ol models that took up a whole room that was specially
built to absorb vibration and used key-punched cards........IBM.
Do you have any further points of interest you
would like to share to the readers?
Computers have just scratched the surface. There's
a TV, phone and radio in the home of every American. Eventually, a computer
will be added to that category. People are learning to use them at work
and at school. They see the advantages in having a computer. There is a
big untapped market among our senior citizens who feel that they have been
left behind by this techology. Somebody will cash-in on this opportunity.
It'll be easy. It'll snowball; seniors don't like to be outdone by other