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Deja vu
Throughout the history of telecommunications, you find the same patterns played out again and again - but in different technologies and in slightly different ways.
Where to now
As we stand at the beginning of the 21st century, there are four main trends that are shaping the world of telecommunications, media and entertainment.

Those trends are digitalisation, convergence, fragmenting audiences and the growth of the Internet.
Emerging technologies
Let's take a look at some of the technological developments that are 'out there' and could shape our futures.

Not all of these will work - and there'll be some technologies that aren't on this list - but this is a starting point for looking at the future.
Scanning the horizon
The 'ancient Chinese curse' (there's some doubt as to whether it's even ancient or Chinese) is appropriate to us now. We live in uncertain times with no one quite sure how the world will develop in the 21st century.

There are lots of different factors that could change our world - and technology probably isn't the most important of them. We live in a world of fundamental social and economic imbalances, and one where environmental sustainability is becoming more important every year.

It's impossible to predict what will happen or what telecommunications will look like in 20 years from now. All we can do is look at some of the trends.
fun and games

Can you beat our games? Explode equipment to see what's inside, hear the changing sounds of telecommunications, see how telecommunications designs have changed over time or send an e-postacard.

what's on

The UK's first permanent gallery dedicated to the history of information and communication technologies opens in the new Information Age gallery at London’s Science Museum.

audio history

Take a trip down memory lane with extracts of the interviews which have been recorded as part of the Connected Earth oral history programme.

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100 years of automatic switching!
In 1912 the GPO installed Britain's first automatic telephone exchange in Epsom.

Discover the early days of the telephone...