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By whazat (Wed Jul 14, 2004 at 01:40:25 AM EST) (all tags)
Meandering through the sci/technology section of the BBC and google news websites, I noticed they were dominated by IT related issues. Rather than say architecture or car issues.


IT is a technology to be sure but then so is architecture and engineering.

However over 50% of googles frontpage for sci/tech is dominated by IT, the rest being mainly space stories. And this is roughly true for other news sources I have seen.

So IT is seen as the dominating technology of the age, probably because of its pervaisiveness and the need of its users to keep up to date in order to deal with threats such as viruses.

Which lead me to wonder when IT would stop being the 'technology of the age'? Some people around the turn of the millenium are suggesting that biotechnology will be the next growth area, and I have definately seen some of this in academia.

However we have not finished IT, the Zenith of which must be hard AI (as intelligence is a very good way of dealing with information).

Also how will biotechnology filter out to the masses? Will we grow bio-engineered trees to provide us with medicines and food or will it be solely the domain of big business. If so, it is unlikely that it will come to dominate our way of thinking and media as has IT.

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Hey by werty (3.00 / 0) #1 Wed Jul 14, 2004 at 01:47:40 AM EST
What happened to Nanotechnology?
That was flavour of the month, back when Inner Space was released.


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IT is a jealous god by fritz the cat (3.00 / 0) #2 Wed Jul 14, 2004 at 02:05:52 AM EST
if you use IT to store and fetch information about technology it will return results about ITself. Presumably, if you shot up a nano-crawler-robot in your veins the same thing will happen.

Next week on HuSi: whazat discovers tigers are not vegetarian ;-)

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Bah by whazat (3.00 / 0) #3 Wed Jul 14, 2004 at 02:12:26 AM EST
I don't read about the latest paper rolling and inking technology in the the daily paper...

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That's because you don't search for 'technology' by fritz the cat (6.00 / 1) #4 Wed Jul 14, 2004 at 02:19:51 AM EST
If you could search through all information ever printed on paper for 'technology' what kind of hits do you think you would you get?

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One page by whazat (3.00 / 0) #5 Wed Jul 14, 2004 at 04:22:32 AM EST
Saying YHBT YHL HAND?

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I think its called "marketing" by LinDze (3.00 / 0) #6 Wed Jul 14, 2004 at 05:16:14 AM EST
It just seems like theyre selling to their key demographic. Of course I dont have any occupational stats for google, but with sites like HuSi etc. the huge majority seem to be in IT.

Re: Google News & BBC News I would hazard that "tech people" would be their early adopters and hence a larger proportion of their audience. The other effect could be that architecture & cars dont have as many developments/week as IT stuff. Sure theres big news, like this or this but IT seems to have rumors and news every day.

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