In Topic 3, The History of Computing, a piece of the details of where the whole information society came from is uncovered … the topic also takes a fairly detailed look at the rise of the counting machine, the large-scale computers of the WW II era, the invention of the transistor, the role of the integrated circuit, the invention of the microprocessor, the rise of the personal computer, and finally a quick look at the advent of the WWW and the Internet. Some interesting stuff and a fairly quick read. It does a nice job of getting you up to speed on where all this came from. This week’s Discussion Activity focuses on those roots and asks you to look into the future. DA 3:
Many traditional computer hardware companies are now moving into other business arenas to stay forward thinking and profitable. Some of them are focusing almost as much attention on software, services, and peripheral devices. Do you think this trend will continue? What will companies like IBM, Apple, and Hewlett Packard look like in 20 years?