The Impact that Information Technology has on Society.

Essay by NarthilHigh School, 10th gradeA, January 2004

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Information technology has developed through the years. This has also had an impact had on modern society. The technological advancements have and are changing human kind forever. I.T. development has improved the life style of men and women all around the world. Efficiency and speed, of work and leisure is now at its highest level. Technology will keep on developing and at the same time life is going to be improved.

In my opinion I.T really started with the development of the first computer, the EDVAC. This was a gigantic mainframe computer with no monitor, keyboard or mouse. After a few years personal computers were developed and now you can do things that you could never o before. This was all triggered by the first computer.

During 1945 John von Neumann wrote "First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC" in which he outlined the architecture of a stored-program computer.

Electronic storage of programming information and data, eliminate the need for the more clumsy methods of programming, such as punched paper tape; a concept that had characterized mainstream computer development since 1945. Hungarian-born von Neumann demonstrated prodigious expertise in hydrodynamics, ballistics, meteorology, game theory, statistics and the use of mechanical deices for computation. After the war, he concentrated on the development of Princeton's Institute for Advanced Studies computer and its copies around the world.

In February of 1946, the public got its first glimpse of the ENIAC, a machine built by John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert that improved 1,000 times on the speed of its contemporaries.

Start of project: 1943

Completed: 1946

Programmed: plug board and switches

Speed: 5,000 operations per second

Input/Output: cards, lights, switches, plugs

Floor space: 1,000 square feet

Project leaders: John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert

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