1.7 The digital revolution

  • Q: Ever heard of the digitalization/digital revolution?
  • = Third Industrial Revolution
  • “shift from mechanical and analogue electronic technology to digital electronics […] from the late 1950s to the late 1970s with the adoption and proliferation of digital computers and digital record keeping” (Wikipedia)
  • “Central to this revolution is the mass production and widespread use of digital logic circuits, and its derived technologies, including the computer, digital cellular phone, and the Internet” (Wikipedia)
  • World’s technologically stored information: late 1980s, less than 1% → 94% in 2007 → 99% by 2014 (Hilbert and López 2011)


Hilbert, Martin, and Priscila López. 2011. “The World’s Technological Capacity to Store, Communicate, and Compute Information.” Science 332 (6025): 60–65.