Published Online: 16 MAR 2009
Copyright © 2007 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering
How to Cite
Eisner, H. 2009. Information Age. Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. 1552–1556.
- Published Online: 16 MAR 2009
The Information Age is a period of time, or era, in which information itself, in its various forms, constitutes a key or dominant ingredient in our delivery of products and services. The Information Age began to emerge in a most serious manner about halfway through the twentieth century, when, for the first time, white collar workers started to outnumber blue collar employees. This newly born and growing Information Age was facilitated, in large measure, by
pre-existing successes in telegraphy, telephony, radio, and television;
bringing large-scale computers into our businesses, led by IBM;
the success of xerography and copying machines, notably by Xerox; and
the response to the challenge represented by the 1957 launch of Sputnik by the Russians.
All of the above provided initial fuel for the Information Age engine by proving the importance of information-related technologies and demonstrating their economic value in the marketplace. Two additional and extremely significant sets of events included the refinement and market penetration of
the personal computer (PC) along with its resident applications, and
connectivity and the Internet.
- information age;
- information technologies;