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Meet the chip (and what it can do) at San Francisco's Exploratorium.

Meet the chip (and what it can do) at San Francisco's Exploratorium

As the steam engine was to the Industrial Revolution, the silicon chip is the driving force of today's microelectronics revolution. One of the first major exhibitions to spotlight the computer chip and its impact opens this months at San Francisco's Exploratorium. It will run from March 14 through May 10.

Called "Chips and Changes,' the show includes some clever gadgetry: robotics, smart tools, home computers, toys that talk. It also explores the history and social ramifications of increasing computer mechanization, as well as how we react and adjust to such changes.

Exhibits will illustrate how chips have changed factories, the workplace (you can walk through an entirely paperless office). medicine (you'll see computerized diagnostic tools), and even art (you'll find computer-enhanced prints and lithographs). Among dozens of hands-on displays, you can take a computer quiz, play educational games, or dance by a video screen that records your movements.

A program of films and demonstrations is being organized; a lecture series will be held Wednesdays at 7:30 P.M. from March 14 to April 4 ($1 per session). On March 31 from 6 to 9 P.M., you're invited to join a party with food and music to help raise funds for a new roof; guest experts will also lead tours and explain exhibits. Donation is $35.

The Exploratorium is at 3601 Lyon Street in the Palace of Fine Arts; hours are 1 to 5 Wednesdays through Fridays, 11 to 5 weekends. Admission is $3 for adults, free for under 17.

Photo: Sppech dissector records a voice, then projects image of its pattern; it's part of Exploratorium's computer exhibit, which opens March 14
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