November 29, 1987 |
At some computer work stations, an automatic alarm clock within the system reminds users what time of day it is. "It prevents burnouts," said one federal government employee who works with the latest high-speed computations. "The computer speeds up the thinking process and relieves the doldrums of an eight-hour day." For others, however, the computer has become a time trap, monitoring their progress and forcing them to produce information at a faster, more frantic pace. Speed, speed, speed.