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George Garrity george_garrity at MERCK.COM
Fri Jun 30 15:52:04 CDT 1995

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For those of you who might be interested, there was an outstanding story in
the Wall Street Journal regarding the rapid proliferation of PC's in
developing nations.  It appeared in either the June 28th or 29 issue on the
front page.  While the story focused on business applications than rather than
scientific applications, the moral of the story remains the same.  Personal
computers are becoming commonplace in Latin America, Asia and other parts of
the world (outside of the US and Europe).  More significantly, they are likely
to provide a major technological (and economic) boost to those nations.

George Garrity
Merck Research Labs
Rahway, NJ

Date: 6/30/95 3:04 PM
To: George Garrity
From: Jorge Soberon Mainero
Regarding computers in Latin America I am afraid that I disagree with
Patricia Davila. CONABIO has received detailed information on the
infrastructure of 60 mexican museums and no one lacks 386 or 486s. Our
computerization efforts has lead to dozens of museums getting money to
acquire computer equipment. Besides, almost all university museums in
Mexico are now accesible by Internet. Some of the major institutions are
now well into workstations and GIS. PCs are now so cheap and widespread
that it is no longer possible to regard computerization as something
associated only to elite institutions. The most extreme example I know is
of one indian NGO in the colombian Choco that not only have a solar power
computer enclosed in Pelltier effect refrigerator, but it is also
solar-powered and has a satellite-link to Internet!

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