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Computer Advancement Through the Ages

Peggy Haas
 January 15, 2021

Computer Advancement is a concept that sounds foreign to many people. Computer Advancement in the context of most companies, however, means different things to different people. A common misconception in the computer technology field is that Computer Advancement means making more and better computers or making hardware more advanced. While advancements in hardware are certainly important for making a computer more affordable or simply increasing its capability, making new software is a completely different story.

We are referring to the process of making software and hardware more advanced to make them more capable of doing the same work they had been doing before. Traditionally, advancements in computers have been made by adding new instructions to the computer CPU. The new software has also been developed over time. Still, typically it was a one-way process - adding new instructions means a new program but, conversely, adding new software means either adding it to the old or making an entirely new program. It used to be that there were only two possible directions to advance computer technology: software or hardware. However, because of the Information Age's emergence, there are now three possible directions to advance a particular computer technology: software or hardware and networking.

Software advancements over the last few decades have been incredible. Suddenly, it wasn't so much about programs about creating a general-purpose operating system or a programming language that are used to create much more advanced computer technologies like multimedia or real-time 3D animation. The Internet itself is built upon the Linux operating system, and we use smartphones and tablets powered by Android and iPhones to surf the web. It's amazing how a single software program or piece of hardware can influence how we use our computers. To reach the point where computer advancements can outpace human evolution is mind-boggling.

Hardware advancements, on the other hand, are nothing short of amazing. For example, we now have computers that can play video games, process data from the brain, create virtual reality, and much farther than that. One of the most far-reaching computer technologies of recent years is the invention of firefighting helicopters and rescue dogs. Firefighting companies are now using these machines to take dangerous situations into a burning building's safe confines.

Although we are focusing on computer advancements, we would be remiss if we didn't include networking advancements. One of the most important aspects of networking has come from information science, specifically from the field of computer hardware engineering. One of the most ground-breaking pieces of equipment that came out of this field is the networking chip. This tiny piece of silicon has changed how we communicate and how our computers connect.

Computer Advancement over the last couple of centuries has nearly every function and aspect we use computers for. To keep up with the pace, we need to think about these pieces of hardware and software all the time. Computer Advancement will continue to push the boundaries of how we do business and communicate with one another. We've become so accustomed to seeing computers as just tools to do work; we almost forget they are a part of our society. As the generations continue to break new ground, we will no doubt once again be in a state of shock when new pieces of hardware emerge and change our world forever.

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