Information and Communication: Is there a System?
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The technology and utilization of information systems and communication systems have come to a point where the two are beginning to overlap. For example the digital computer, a core ingredient for large scale information systems, is becoming an equally important factor in the switched telecommunications network. From the other perspective, we note that networks of computers and the construction of large time-shared information systems are dependant upon the availability of communication networks. Thus, it is not unreasonable to assume that one day the two systems may become a fully-integrated, comprehensive information-communication system which would be reached through a single multi-purpose apparatus available to everyone.
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