Now, then, comm

An exhibition about the development of information technology from its infancy to the present day.

The exhibition closed on 18 August, 2013

Communication is something that occurs between people. More and more information is becoming available to more and more people, and frequently throughout history when different kinds of information have converged, major breakthroughs have occurred.

The exhibition Now.then.comm told the story of the development of information technologies through the ages.

With the exhibition, the National Museum of Science and Technology was aiming to show how technology, society and culture have interacted throughout history. Developments form a complex web of interlinked patterns, which will become obvious to the visitor from the exhibition.

Now.then.comm described the developments that are the foundation stones of our modern, networked society. The exhibition guided the visitor through a story of the technological innovations and advances that have led to today´s high-tech information society. This story is centred around a number of important breakthroughs throughout history, running from the printing press of the 1400s, via the enlightenment of the 1700s, to the growth of today´s infrastructures and networks — with an emphasis on the main period of breakthroughs in the latter half of the 20th century.

The exhibition also presented some controversial issues of the present such as how free software can function as tools for social change and progress in developing countries and other parts of the World.

Last updated 7 December 2021.