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Preparing for your digital life in the 21st Century
Preparing for your digital life in the 21st Century

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1 Computers: From novelty to commonplace

[Timings. This is the first section of this unit. It should take you around one hour to complete.] The theme of this section is the development of digital technologies, from the physically large and highly expensive equipment of the 1950s to the omnipresent networks and computer-based devices upon which our digital lives are founded today. In this section I will:

  • compare the development of the computer to the development of the telephone
  • describe some of the digital technologies that form an integral part of many of our lives
  • introduce the term information society.