Technology Impact

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The first definition is of "information technology". Information technology is the technology used to store, manipulate, distribute or create information. The type of information or data is not important to this definition. The technology is any mechanism capable of processing this data.

Kathleen Guinee wrote, "By information technology, I mean the tools we use to perform calculations, to store and manipulate text, and to communicate. Some of these twentieth century tools include: the adding machine, slide rule, and calculator for performing calculations, the typewriter and word processor for processing text, and the telephone, radio, and television for communicating."(

The report will examine how advances in constructing and designing these mechanisms have affected the general society.

The second definition is of "the way we work". The elements of this phrase can be split up into two main considerations, e.g. what we mean by the way and how we define work. The "way" will be defined for the purposes of this report as the processes that are used by individuals or organisations. "Work" shall be defined as when we apply the processes to accomplish some arbitrary task.

The third definition is of "general society". Society can be defined as "a community, nation, or broad grouping of people having common traditions, institutions, and collective activities and interests."( The report will examine how the technological developments which have occurred in information technology have influenced a "broad grouping of people" in their "common traditions, institutions and/or collective activities". This broad grouping of people will primarily be those in the industrialised world of where "information technology" is commonly available.

The fourth and final working definition in this introduction is "technological developments". For the purpose of this report this phrase has been defined...
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