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Kent Fillmore BGMT302 May 01 2001153500 The Impact of the Information Age on Society Introduction I have since my earliest memories been fascinated by the rapid advancements in science and technology I have seen in the course of the last 40 years our ability to affect the world around us in almost any way we desire and I have also seen changes to major segments of humanity made through the application of power without thought to long term consequences In addressing the impact of the Information Age on society in general we must consider the three main mechanisms of the information exchange process as it exists today They are the personal computer the Internet and the human mind All three are capable of perceiving and representing the world as pure information and the rate at which that information can be processed and transmitted is increasing rapidly I CONCRETE EXPERIENCE About forty years ago I began to read science fiction books Inexpensive paperbacks filled with stories about interstellar travel time machines and computers I can vividly recall one passage that forever altered the way I would think about computers Picture if you will a bank of keyboards and a host of scientists working on those keyboards like concert pianists Cranking out tremendous mathematical computations hundreds of times faster than a human could think It was in that vision of computer programmers working their devices like fine tuned instruments that I first began to perceive the possibility of the artistic aspects of computing and programming In the intervening years other images of information manipulation and exchange added color to my perception of computing strangely enough Herman Hesses Magister Ludi was a perfect example In this story abstract concepts would be premised and equally obstructing arguments would be laid out for evaluation Each point and counter point would be woven into a loom of beads which were used much like
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