The evolution of the new technologies of the ‘information age’

  • Stephen Saxby


The foundation of the technological revolution that is characterised today as the architect of the ‘Information Age’ can be found in the relationship between information, the computer and communications. The application of microelectronics to these components has generated a convergence between all three that today and in the future will continue to promote the societal transition that has been characteristic of the very short life of the relationship so far. In this section the landmarks in the emergence of that relationship will be explored.1 This will show how the post war experience with microelectronics has done more than simply expand the potential and capacity of communications, as the technologies explored in the previous information revolutions have done, producing instead a means by which information can be created, transformed and become functional within a concept of a universal machine and a convergence of the component technologies.


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  1. 96.
    Nicholas Enticknap, ‘Tales of Future Past’, Computer Weekly 22 March 1990 — a review of Martin Campbell Kelly, ICL: A Business and Technical History (1990, Clarendon Press, Oxford).Google Scholar

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