The history of computer development is a computer science topic that is often used to reference the different generations of computing devices.
Each one of the five generations of computers is characterized by a major technological development that fundamentally changed the way computers operate. Most major developments from the 1940’s to present day have resulted in increasingly smaller, cheaper, more powerful and more efficient computing devices.
What Are the Five Generations of Computers?
In this Webopedia Study Guide, you’ll learn about each of the five generations of computers and the advances in technology that have led to the development of the many computing devices that we use today. Our journey of the five generations of computers starts in 1940 with vacuum tube circuitry and goes to the present day — and beyond — with artificial intelligence (AI) systems and devices.