Information-the hub, the wheels, the grease to move forward projects, to exchange ideas and foster growth-has swiftly mushroomed in the last century. The revolution in computers first began at Harvard and MIT in the '30s and '40s with folks like Aiken, Hopper, and Forrester, Beginning in the 1950s Boston became one of the two or three key cities in the US in the technology of exchanging, storing, and retrieving information. Teradyne, Itek, Lincoln Labs, Route 128, Digital, BBN, Cullinet, Wang, Analog, VisiCalc, and more recently EMC, have become success stories of Boston's restless technology community.

Opening the Information Highway
Telephone: Verizon; Boston University, Fish & Richardson, LLP.
Mark I at Harvard: First 3-Second Calculating Machine
The Rear Admiral and the Computer Bug: Harvard University

Next Boston Computer Breakthrough: Whirlwind Computer at MIT
First PC Software: Harvard and MIT

Creating the Tools for Storing and Retrieving Digitized Information: EMC Corp.

Internet: Worldwide Information in Seconds Bolt, Beranek and Newman
First Electronic Mail and the @ Sign Bolt, Beranek and Newman