In order to get you thinking about the technologies we will be studying in this course and how they have evolved, your first assignment is to write a short research paper discussing the key milestones in the evolution of one of the technologies from the list below. In particular, your report should identify the four most important developments or “milestones” in the evolution of the technology and explain why these developments were critical.

Choose a technology from this list:

cable TV

communication satellites

TV (video) display

data storage

cell phones


the internet

web browsers

video games

recorded music

home video

social media

distributed computing