Transportation, Communication, Information:

Vaclav Smil

in Transforming the Twentieth Century: Volume 2: Technical Innovations and Their Consequences

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195168754
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199783601 | DOI:
 Transportation, Communication, Information:

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Private transportation was transformed by mass ownership of automobiles while long-distance public transport benefited from new high-speed trains and from affordable flying. Freight transportation was transformed by containers moved by ships, trains, and trucks. Communication and the processing and dissemination of information were revolutionized first by transistors, then by integrated circuits and microprocessors, the key components of mainframe and personal computers, televisions, and a multitude of electronic devices, many of them now taking advantage of the Internet.

Keywords: automobiles; high-speed trains; flying; containers; transistors; integrated circuits; microprocessors; computers; televisions; electronic devices

Chapter.  22353 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic History

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