The history of information

press2.jpgThe theme of this UC Berkeley history of information course is “not by technology alone.” Although we are bombarded every day with news of some new technology which will “revolutionize” our lives, this course offers a more nuanced view. Yes, new technology is important, but more important is the readiness and ability of society to make use of the new technology.

Professors Geoffrey Nunburg and Paul Duguid team up to offer this survey of information technologies from the invention of writing to Wikipedia and text messaging. Along the way you’ll learn about Gutenberg, and what really happened when he invented movable type, and how radio evolved from its earliest beginnings as a ship to shore communications tool.

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