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REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF BULACAN


BULACAN POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE
MALOLOS CAMPUS

Instructor: Mariella R. Mallari


School Year/Terms 2019-2020/ 2nd Semester
Subject code/Title : STS 123 SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY
Date covered: April 1-15 2020
Topic: THEINFORMATION AGE
References: SCIENCE ,TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY
BY: JANICE PATRIA JAVIER SERAFICA

THE INFORMATION AGE


Learning Objectives: After the discussions the students should be able to:
1. Define information Age;
2. Discuss the history of Information Age; and
3. Understand these factors that need to be considered in checking website sources.

INTRODUCTION;

Highly modernized, automated, data-driven, and technologically advanced- these best describe our society nowadays, as
evidenced by how information could be transferred or shared quickly. The different areas of society have been influenced
Tremendously such as communication, economics, industry health and the environment. Despite our gains due to
the growing development of information technology, the rapid upgrade of information also has the advantages.
The Information age is defined as a period starting in the last quarter of the 20th century when information became
effortlessly accessible through publications and through the management of information by computers and computer
networks. The means of conveying symbolic information e.g. writing, math, other codes among human has evolved
with increasing speed. The information age is also called the digital age and the new media age because it was
associated with the development of the computers.

Accorrding to James R. Messenger who proposed the theory of information age in 1982 “ the Information Age is a
true new age based upon the interconnection of computers via telecommunications, with these information systems
operating systems on both real-time and as needed basis, furthermore, the primary factors driving this new age
forward are convenience and user-friendliness which, in turn, will create user dependence.

COMPUTER:

Computers are among the most important contributions of advances in the Information Age to society. A computer is
an electronic device that stores and processes data (information, ) . It runs on a program that contains the exacts
step-by-step directions to solve a problem.

TYPES OF COMPUTER
Computers are associated with numerous terms and descriptions. Most people suggest the dimensions, intended
use, or the computers power.

1. Personal Computer (PC)- It is single-user instrument, PCs, were first known as microcomputers since they were a
complete computer but built on a smaller scale than the enormous systems operated by most business.
2.Desktop Computer- It is described as a PC that is not designed for portability. The assumption of with a desktop is
that it will be set up in a permanent spot. A workstation is simply a desktop computer that has a more powerful
processor, additional memory and enhanced capabilities for performing special group of tasks, such as 3d graphics o
game development.
3. Laptops- These are portables computers that integrate the essentials of a desktop computer in a battery-powered
package, which are somewhat larger than a typical hardcover book.
4. Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)- These are tightly integrated computers that usually have no keyboards but
rely on a touch screen for user input.
5. Server- It refers to a computer that has been improved to provide network services to others computers.
6. Mainframes- These are huge computer systems that can fill an entire room. They are used especially by a large
firms to describe the large, expensive machines that process millions of transactions everyday.
7. Wearable Computers- They involved materials that are usually integrated into cell phones, watches, and other
small objects or places.

THE WORLDWIDE WEB ( INTERNET)

The internet is a worldwide system of interconnected networks that facilitate data transmission among innumerable
computers. It was developed during 1970s by the Department of Defense. In case of an attack, military advisers
suggested the advantage of being able to operate on one computer from another terminal.

One early problem faced by Internet users was speed. Phone lines could only transmit information at a limited rate.
The development of fiber-optic cables allowed for billions of bits of information to be received by every minute.
Companies like Intel developed faster microprocessors so personal computers could process the incoming signals at
a more rapid rate. Back then, new forms of communication were also introduced. Electronic mail, or email. Was a
suitable way to send a message to fellow workers, business partners, or fiends. Messages could be sent or received
at the convenience of the individuals.

HOW TO CHECK THE REALIBILITY OF WEB SOURCES

The internet contains a vast collection of highly valuable information but it may also contain unreliable, biased
information that mislead people. The following guidelines can help us check the reliability of web sources that we
gather. It is noteworthy to consider and apply the following guidelines to avoid misinformation.

1. Who is the author of the article/site?

2. Who is published the site?

3. What is the main purpose of the site? Why did the author write it and why did the publisher post it.

4. Who is the intended audience?

5. What is the quality of information provided on the website?

ASESSMENT/ ACTIVITY/ QUIZ

I. Answer briefly the following questions.

1. Who are the contributors of the technological advances of the Information Age?

2. Aside from the communications, what other aspects of society is/ are being influenced in the information age?
3. What other technological advancements can possibly be developed in the future

ACTIVITY

CREATIVE WORK- Think of a device with special features that you can develop to help improve lives of people in our
society. It could be something that you can develop to help in communication, transportation, health, and the like.
Illustrate your device in a short bond paper. Show your output in class and explain.