Week 02 - COM546

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  • Week 02 - COM546

    1. 1. COM546 : History and Evolution of the Digital Age Kathy E. Gill 13 January 2009
    2. 2. What is “technology”? <ul><li>1: technical language; 2a: applied science b: a technical method of achieving a practical purpose 3: a totality of the means employed to provide objects necessary for human sustenance and comfort </li></ul>
    3. 3. Technology, Simply Put <ul><li>Knowledge used to solve problems and extend human potential. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is about enabling change and amplifying its direction . </li></ul>
    4. 4. Communication <ul><li>A process in which participants create and share information with one another in order to reach mutual understanding (Rogers, 1995). </li></ul><ul><li>Two forms: mediated and face-to-face </li></ul>
    5. 5. An Evolution <ul><li>Caves in France </li></ul><ul><li>Paper and charcoal/ink </li></ul><ul><li>Printing Press </li></ul><ul><li>Telegraph et al (radio, television) </li></ul><ul><li>Computer mediated communications </li></ul>
    6. 6. So, what is new?
    7. 7. 1. Scarcity
    8. 8. 2. Distance
    9. 10. &quot; This is the age of telegrams. The public is accustomed to the consideration of facts in the briefest terms.” The Science Record for 1873
    10. 11. Paradox <ul><li>Pre-voice telephony – we transferred “data” (eg, wire transfers of money) </li></ul><ul><li>Digital age – our “voice” is now “data” (zeros-and-ones) </li></ul>
    11. 13. Credits <ul><li>Presentation by Kathy E. Gill, [email_address] , @kegill CC share-and-share alike, non-commercial use </li></ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Three” : http://www.irasperipheralvisions.com/images/number-3.jpg </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Reflection”: http://csem.flinders.edu.au/courses/Computing/DigitalMedia.jpg </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Earth” – NASA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clock, Tap - iStockPhoto </li></ul></ul>

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