The Information Age is a time period in world history where members of a given society use credit or debit cards as currency and the internet for everything. Well it is an Internet of Things, IoT, not everything.
The history of the word informatization can be traced to the same time period credit cards were developed. Informatization is the transformation to the Information Age. First database programming began to take shape in the early 1970's. Then credit card companies began issuing credit.
The internet is the impetus that got everyone to use their credit and debit cards. It is not exactly what society had in mind at the time they began informatization. The only way to optimize our existence is to track it. Society advances with the Information Age because we can track a lot of information about a person by their debit and credit cards.
For example, credit card companies know your habits. I got a phone call from Bank America when I used a cash machine in a bad area. I could not tell it was a bad area. In fact, I would not have gone their unless I was forced to by one of their lying employees. Technically, it was a crime to send me their and they knew it because it was so far out of character for me at the time.
The information gained from tracking each other can be used to help each other. By definition, the Information Age is a time period where the basis of the economy is Intellectual Property. The information processed during a credit card transaction is intellectual property. It's your account number.
Credit cards as tracking devices may have been what was intended for the Information Age, but we got the internet instead. Don't worry, you still need a credit card to use it.
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