What are the dates of progress?
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One very huge advancement that computers have made to society in the last ten years is changes in size. Computers used to be large and bulky. An example is monitors. They used to be incredibly bulky but now most of them have flat screens. In addition, there are now lap tops that are a fraction of the size that they used to be. They also weigh a lot less. This makes things much easier.
Internet access is also different these days and it is easier and quicker to stay connected with friends, family, etc. I remember the days of dial up and it used to take forever to connect to a site. Now, with broadband, you can get connected in the blink of an eye.
The advancement of computers in the society has been mainly in the terms of more intensive and extensive use of computers by the people, and use of computers for expanding range of applications with increasing levels of sophistication. The major technological innovations that impacted the use of computes in the society were development of optical data storage devices, commonly called CD and DVD. The basic technology for this was developed in previous decade decade rather than the current one. Another technology developed in previous decade, which has impacted the use of computers is that commonly known as pen drive.
The development in the current decade have been further improvement in performance in terms of reduced size, reduced cost and increasing speed and capacity rather than major technological breakthroughs.
In terms of usage of computers, the popularity of social networking systems such as Orkut, Facebook and Twittter can be considered to be developments of the decade ending in 2010.
The power of computers has been increasing almost exponentially in the last decade, while their size and weight has decreased. The size and power of computer chips and memory cards has also increased inversely proportional to size. The development of flash memory systems, like that currently used on iPods and some laptops, has made systems much faster and more stable. Add to this the advent of both broadband internet access and the new ability to transfer large video files over broadband, the iTunes music and television revolution and wireless access and technology's improvements have added an entirely new segment to the American economy and society.
This trend of more power/less size has to plateau at some point, but the way this has changed computing and its potential is amazing and impressive.
I would say that in the last five years, the advent of YouTube has helped to enhance the use of computing technology. The ability to upload videos helped to transform the computer into a device that can help to enhance its capacity. At the same time, a greater and wider sense of community has emerged from the use of YouTube. Videos posted about and featuring "real people" have helped to make celebrities from "normal" individuals. At the same time, communities have been forged over the posting and commenting of videos on the site. Even education has been transformed as students post their work for classes on YouTube. It has also helped to make everyone aware of how the internet has truly transformed our lives. One must always be aware that what they do can be captured and posted on YouTube for all to see.
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