We say that technologies become ‘obsolete’ but in truth, they never entirely go away. In the case of old computational technologies, features or components get embedded in subsequent innovations. In the case of old infrastructures, our current distribution systems are built on their bones.
In this assignment, present a (very) brief history of either an old computational technology or an old infrastructure. Examples are provided below, but you are free to choose your own.
An example from a previous version of the course (“ENIAC.pdf”) is attached here. Use it as a rough guideline.
First Nations (and early European colonial) waterways, particularly through and around the Great Lakes
ancient Roman aqueducts
transcontinental telegraph wires
the Underground Railroad
Old computational media:
the Sega Dreamcast (late 90s / early 2000s game console)
the EyePhone (80s VR)
Zip drive (1990’s file storage)
Microsoft Kinect (2010s gaming peripheral)
Put together a slide show of 6 to 10 slides in Google Slides or Powerpoint, with graphics and text captions, in which you answer the following questions:
what was the original purpose of this technology; what was it designed to do? What historical set of problems / conditions was it meant to alleviate or improve?
where was it developed, and by whom?
what innovations did this technology introduce?
in what specific, material ways do you see this technology ‘live on’?
Feel free to draw extensively from non-academic sources (Wikipedia, The Museum of Obsolete Media(opens in new window)
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, Computer History Museum(opens in new window)
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, Strong Museum of Play(opens in new window)
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, Wired magazine, Ars Technica magazine, and so on).
Also cite at least 2 academic sources. Include all sources in an APA formatted bibliography on the last slide.
Answer to Question 1: /2
Answer to Question 2: /2
Answer to Question 3: /2
Answer to Question 4: /2
Technical polish (including 2 sources, cited in APA format): /2
This is a Power point assignment so slides
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